I'm an avid reader and love nothing more than spending hours reading my favorite authors, but sometimes I have trouble concentrating on longer works. I still want to read, but my attention span is short. During these times short story collections are a perfect answer to "What should I read next?" I feel the satisfaction from reading a piece from start to finish without having to commit to an entire novel. Sometimes I even dip in and out of different collections. Here are a few of my recent favorites. Some are newer publications. Others are old favorites. I hope you enjoy them, too!
The Moth presents All These Wonders : true stories about facing the unknown / foreword by Neil Gaiman ; edited by Catherine Burns
Storytellers include Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer, as well as a hip hop "one hit wonder," an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, and a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill's "secret army" during World War II. These true stories have been carefully selected and adapted to the page by the creative minds at The Moth.
Deceit and other possibilities : stories / Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America. Tied to their ancestral and adopted homelands in ways unimaginable in generations past, these memorable characters straddle both worlds but belong to none.
If I had two wings : stories / Randall Kenan
In Kenan’s fictional territory of Tims Creek, North Carolina, an old man rages in his nursing home, a parson beats up an adulterer, a rich man is haunted by a hog, and an elderly woman turns unwitting miracle worker. A retired plumber travels to Manhattan, where Billy Idol sweeps him into his entourage. An architect who lost his famous lover to AIDS reconnects with a high school fling. Howard Hughes seeks out the woman who once cooked him butter beans.
The paper menagerie and other stories / Ken Liu
Presents the author's selection of his best short stories, as well as a new piece, in a collection that includes "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary," "Mono No Aware" and "The Waves."
Her body and other parties : stories / Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. She bends genres to shape startling stories that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies
Selected stories / Alice Munro
Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power.
What is not yours is not yours : stories / Helen Oyeyemi
A collection of stories features entries about literal and metaphorical keys that open or shut the fates of lovers, the heart of a puppeteering student, and the doors of a house of locks that holds unobservable developments.
How a mountain was made : stories / Greg Sarris
It is said that Coyote was sitting atop Sonoma Mountain when he decided to create the world and people, and many of the songs that Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo people have sung since the beginning of time are gifts from the mountain. The stories go on and on because the mountain itself has so many things--rocks and animals; birds and grasses, fish, frogs, springs and creek, trees--and many of the stories connect with other stories, just as the animals and plants and all other things on Sonoma Mountain connect with one another. In this book of stories from the award-winning author of Grand Avenue, Greg Sarris retells sixteen creation stories from his ancestral homeland
Heads of the colored people : stories / Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Diaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes.
The water museum : stories / Luis Alberto Urrea
Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Urrea reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" two times.
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