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Top 5 books of short stories

Book Den East:

“More Short Stories for Long Rainy Days” by Katherine Anne Douglas (1998) – Heartwarming, heartbreaking and sometimes even funny, these are tender tales that keep love alive.

“The Shrine & Other Stories” by Irish author Mary Lavin (1977) – Set in Ireland, the strength of these stories lies in the range of the author’s own experience.

“Living with Snakes” by Daniel Curley (1985) – This book was the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. These tales are of men and women performing the rituals that lead to and away from marriage.

“Sam the Cat: And Other Stories” by Matthew Klam (2000) – The author is an O. Henry Award winner and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. These stories are hilarious, shocking, high-energy riffs on the theme of modern love and all its complexities.

“The Oxford Book of American Short Stories” edited by Joyce Carol Oates (1992) – This is a collection of 56 choice classic tales, combined with different and unexpected gems from women and minority writers. Mark Twain’s “Cannibalism In The Cars” is included (That morning we had Morgan of Alabama for breakfast. He was one of the finest men I ever sat down to…a perfect gentleman and singularly juicy.”).

Bunch of Grapes:

“Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories” by Joyce Carol Oates – This is a new collection of short stories by prolific author Joyce Carol Oates. This master storyteller takes the reader into a sinister and dark world. Her finely crafted tales leave the reader astonished and amazed.

“This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz – Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz returns with his protagonist, Yunior de las Casas, a Dominican born writer. This both touching and amusing collection gives the reader a view from various perspectives of love, loss, and the Spanish-American culture of the 1980s.

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” by Nathan Englander – Englander begins this collection of stories with a reunion of old friends who, fueled with marijuana, argue about Israel, America, and Orthodoxy. Each story is deeply felt and capable of pressing any number of buttons. The stories are funny until they are not funny at all.

“21 Essential American Short Stories” edited by Leslie M. Pockell – A collection of much-loved short stories, this book carries the reader from “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving to Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and many others in between. It is a joy to revisit stories once read and add a few more.

“The Complete Stories” by Flannery O’Connor – It is time to bring this great American female writer to the forefront again. Her power of observation and lively imagination seen in the 31 stories in this collection renews the readers belief that O’Connor is one of the most gifted writers of the last century.

Edgartown Books

“The Collected Works of John Cheever” – John Cheever ranks as one of the masterful short story writers of the 20th century – as this collection clearly shows.

“Battleborn” by Claire Vaye Watkins – Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, “Battleborn” represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these 10 unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it.

“Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri – These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.