Short Stories

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love (Staff Pick)

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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love: Stories (Harper Perennial Olive Editions) By Kathleen Collins Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780063265141
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

Collins writes about people and how they want to be seen, how they want to be loved, how they want to love, not only others but themselves. But it's not just about the love...it's the complicated nature of what it means to be with another and oneself, written in such a poetic, orchestrated, but sucker-punch kind of way. I don't do it justice, but read it. Please! Just read it!

- kai


The End of the World is a Cul De Sac (Staff Pick)

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The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac: Stories By Louise Kennedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593540923
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 5th, 2023

Best accompanied with Linger by the Cranberries (specifically the acoustic version!) playing softly on repeat in the background, this book is for those who celebrate March as a month for the Irish, and devastatingly bleak weather that teases us with the idea of the spring to come.

- Emma

 


No Edges (Staff Pick)

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No Edges: Swahili Stories By Sarah Coolidge (Editor), Lusajo Mwaikenda Israel, Euphrase Kezilahabi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781949641455
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Published: Two Lines Press - April 11th, 2023

If the cover doesn't capture you enough, I assure you the translated-for-the-first-time voices of these contemporary Swahili story tellers will. One of the most original works on our shelves for the start of your new year? I think YES.

- kai


A Manual For Cleaning Women (Staff Pick)

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories By Lucia Berlin Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Collected posthumously by her friends in the literary world, this sometimes brutal, sometimes transcendent book is an emotional journey through the life of an artist struggling with addiction.

- Wendy


Dearborn (Staff Pick)

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Dearborn By Ghassan Zeineddine Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030294
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Published: Tin House Books - September 5th, 2023

Seriously hilarious. Set in my hometown of Dearborn, MI, this one is close to my heart. Zeineddine crafts each of his short stories with nuance, humor, and humanity, speaking not only to the Arab American experience, but also to the neither-here-nor-there feeling of the diaspora, and more generally, what it means to reconcile individuality with community. As the saying goes, a focus is not an exclusion, and this beautiful Arab work has something to offer everyone.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


The Decameron (Staff Pick)

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The Decameron By Giovanni Boccaccio, G. H. McWilliam (Translated by), G. H. McWilliam (Introduction by), G. H. McWilliam (Notes by) Cover Image
By Giovanni Boccaccio, G. H. McWilliam (Translated by), G. H. McWilliam (Introduction by), G. H. McWilliam (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140449303
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

For anyone who didn’t get past Camus in their pandemic reading, now is your chance to cross this one off your list. Disciple of both Dante and Petrarch, Boccaccio was more fun than both of them put together. This is a solid translation of a work that ties together the whole of the Middle Ages, together with an excellent introduction and notes. Unfortunately, however, the author seems to have had his heart broken at a tender age, and his resulting insecurity and bitterness toward women often mar these otherwise marvelous stories.

- James


Nineteen Claws and a Blackbird (Staff Pick)

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Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird: Stories By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by) Cover Image
By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781668012666
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2023

Bazzterica writes in the most horrifically beautiful fashion. Author of the haunting novel Tender is the Flesh, she demands the readers attention and never lets go. For this reason and more, I can confidentally say she is the strongest in the genre today and you will not regret picking this up.

- Hannah


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies By Deesha Philyaw Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

Respectable, upstanding people on the surface; a tangle of complicated desires and messy choices underneath. From the biting “Instructions for Married Christian Husbands” to the epistolary “Dear Sister” – a letter from four sisters to a possible fifth after their father’s death – Deesha Philyaw has a knack for creating characters who feel like sisters and cousins, and zeroing in on their intimate truths in just a few pages.

Pia, Writer in Residence for Adults


The English Undertand Wood

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The English Understand Wool (Storybook ND Series) By Helen DeWitt Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811230070
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

What a strange delight! DeWitt is an absolute genius and this story of a brilliant young woman discovering she was raised by criminals (and then leaning into that discovery) is a great introduction to DeWitt's work. Throw in a delectable anti-authoritian streak and you have a fun and intelligent single-sitting read.

Josh


Civilwarland in Bad Decline

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella By George Saunders, Joshua Ferris (Introduction by) Cover Image
By George Saunders, Joshua Ferris (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812987683
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 26th, 2016

 

Before George Saunders was a genius minted by the MacArthur Fellowship folks, and the recipient of the Booker Prize for his first novel, he wrote this book of genuinely delightful, weird, tender stories. In terms of short story writers, Saunders has become American royalty. But this is him as a debut author, in what might be his wildest form.

Dave


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