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Anjali Sachdeva
Description: "A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives Anjali Sachdeva's debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character's epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can't return; an online date ends with a frightening, inexplicable dissapearance. Her story "Pleiades" was called "a masterpiece" by Dave Eggers. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC ordered 012518
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Vandana Singh
Description: "We think we're all moving together through space and time at the same speed and in the same direction, yet the universe is far stranger than that. The stories in this collection explore and celebrate this world and others and characters who are trying to make sense of the people they meet, what they see, and the challenges they face"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Ramona Ausubel
Description: An inventive story collection explores themes of love, identity, coming of age, and parenthood as they are shaped by mythology and universal experiences in different world regions.
Call Number: FIC Aus
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Danielle Lazarin
Description: From an award-winning writer, a stunning collection of stories about women's unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected ways they resurface.
Call Number: FIC Laz
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Joyce Carol Oates
Description: "A new collection of stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, mysterious and surreal, and perfectly pitched for the confusion of the current political landscape"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Oat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
James Crawford
Description: A collection of crime stories set in iconic Scottish structures.
Call Number: FIC Blo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Will Mackin
Description: "A mesmerizing debut collection that reveals what it is like to be a member of an elite special operations team, when so many missions take place behind night vision, ancient credos, and layers of secrecy. Told without a trace of bravado, and with a keen, Barry Hannah-like sense of the absurd, Will Mackin manages to capture the tragedy and heroism, degradation and exultation in the smallest details of war. Switching between settings at home and abroad, these eleven unforgettable stories explore the intense bonds, conflicting emotions, and surprising compassion that make up modern warfare."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Thomas McGuane
Description: "For more than four decades, Thomas McGuane has been heralded as an unrivaled master of the short story. Now the arc of that achievement appears in one definitive volume: thirty-eight stories drawn from his much-lauded previous collections, and another seven entirely new pieces appearing for the first time in book form. Set in the seedy corners of Key West, the remote shore towns of the Bahamas, and McGuane's hallmark Big Sky country, with its vast and unforgiving landscape, these are stories of people on the fringes of society, whose twisted pasts meddle with their chances for companionship. Moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again, McGuane writes about familial dysfunction, emotional failure, and American loneliness, celebrating the human ability to persist through life's absurdities."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Kelly Regan Barnhill
Description: "A stunning collection of reality-bending stories, teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Robert Coover
Description: Robert Coover has been playing by his own rules for more than half a century, earning the 1987 Rea Award for the Short Story as "a writer who has managed, willfully and even perversely, to remain his own man while offering his generous vision and versions of America." Coover finds inspiration in everything from painting, cinema, theater, and dance to slapstick, magic acts, puzzles, and riddles. His 1969 story "The Babysitter" has alone inspired generations of innovative young writers. Here, in this selection of his best stories, spanning more than half a century, you will find an invisible man tragically obsessed by an invisible woman; a cartoon man in a cartoon car who runs over a real man who is arrested by a real policeman with cartoon eyes; a stick man who reinvents the universe. While invading the dreams and nightmares of others, long dead, disrupting them from within, Coover cuts to the core of how realism works. He uses metafiction as a means of “interrogating the fiction making process,” at least insofar as that process, when unexamined, has a way of entrapping us in false and destructive stories, myths, and belief systems.
Call Number: FIC Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Daniel H. Wilson
Description: A fascinating and fantastic collection that explores complex emotional and intellectual landscapes at the intersection of artificial intelligence and human life.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Description: More than fifty of today's most acclaimed writers and artists consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just and compassionate democracy through heart-stirring and often provocative original fiction and art.
Call Number: FIC It
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Howard Frank Mosher
Description: In Points North, completed just weeks before his death, Mosher presents a brilliant, lovingly-evoked collection of stories that center around the Kinneson family, ranging over decades of their history in the Kingdom. From a loquacious itinerant preacher who beguiles the reticent farmers and shopkeepers of a small New England town, to a proposed dam that threatens the river that Kinneson men have fished for generations, the scandalous secret of a romance and its violent consequences, and a young man's seemingly fruitless search for love-- Points North is a full-hearted, gently-comic, and beautifully-written last gift to the readers who treasure Howard Frank Mosher.
Call Number: FIC Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Christine Schutt
Description: In one eponymous novella and ten stories, Pure Hollywood brings us into private worlds of corrupt familial love, intimacy, longing, and danger. From an alcoholic widowed actress living in desert seclusion to a young mother whose rejection of her child has terrible consequences, from a newlywed couple who ignore the violent warnings of a painter burned by love to an eerie portrait of erotic obsession, each story is an imagistic snapshot of what it means to live and learn, love and hurt.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Description: It's the ultimate death match between the mechanical and the magical! When the lasers cease firing and the fairy dust settles, who will triumph in these epic battles between the artificial and the supernatural? Choose a side....
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Tony Daniel, Christopher Ruocchio
Description: "In space, size matters. Boomers. Ships of the Line. Star Destroyers. The bigger the ship, the better the bang. From the dawn of history onward, commanding the most powerful ship around has been a dream of admirals, sultans, emperors, kings, generalissimos, and sea captains everywhere. For what the intimidation factor alone doesn't achieve, a massive barrage from super-weapons probably will. Thus it was, and ever shall be, even into the distant future. From the oceans of Earth, to beneath the ice of Europa, to the distant reaches of galactic empires, it is the great warships and their crews that sometimes keep civilization safe for the rest of us -- but sometimes become an extinction-level event in and of themselves"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Jacob M. Appel
Description: "The Amazing Mr. Morality features tenacious men and women whose determination to buck middle-class social convention draws them toward unforeseen challenges. A failed television producer insists upon having a woodchuck relocated from his lawn, only to receive desperate letters in which the woodchuck begs to return. An overconfident ne'er-do-well obtains a lucrative lecture invitation intended for a renowned ornithologist and decides to deliver the speech himself. An innocuous dispute over whether to rename a local street opens up racial fault lines that prove deadly."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC App
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Mallory Ortberg
Description: "A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales."--Front flap.
Call Number: FIC Ort
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Gary Fincke
Description: "The new and selected stories in this collection, written over a period of thirty years, are firmly entrenched in the culture and people of rust belt cities and rural Appalachia. These stories are often set against large, significant events like the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Kent State shootings, but are always uniquely local. A mother fends off the police by brandishing copperhead snakes. A woman cares for the dog of an alleged double murderer. A husband who has lost his job works at trying to save his wife from a debilitating phobia. This extensive collection by Gary Fincke, an accomplished poet and writer of fiction, gives rise to ordinary people living lives made fascinating by attention to the particulars of voice, place, and character. With precise language, surprising imagery, and sharp, evocative dialogue, these stories deepen beyond the oddities of their characters, who are scarred and defeated by circumstance and choice, but also attain moments of grace, compassion, and generosity of the spirit."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Fin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Michael Andreasen
Description: The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphoses. Just because Jenny was born without a head doesn't mean she isn't still annoying to her older brother, and just because the Man of the Future's carefully planned extramarital affair ends in alien abduction and network fame doesn't mean he can't still pine for his absent wife. Romping through the fantastic with big-hearted ease, these stories cut to the core of what it means to navigate family, faith, and longing.
Call Number: FIC And
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 26, 2018
Description: Ten authors have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean's extraordinary paintings.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
Stephanie Powell Watts
Description: Family museum of the ancient postcards -- If you hit Randolph County, you've gone too far -- We are taking only what we need -- Unassigned territory -- All the sad etc. -- Welcome to the city of dreams -- Do you remember the summer of love? -- Black power -- Highway 18 -- There can never be another me
Call Number: FIC Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 23, 2018
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All the Names They Used for God : Stories
Anjali Sachdeva
FIC ordered 012518
It Occurs to Me That I Am America : New Stories and Art
FIC It
Ambiguity Machines : and Other Stories
Vandana Singh
FIC Sin
Points North : Stories
Howard Frank Mosher
FIC Mos
Awayland : Stories
Ramona Ausubel
FIC Aus
Pure Hollywood and Other Stories
Christine Schutt
FIC Sch
Back Talk : Stories
Danielle Lazarin
FIC Laz
Robots Vs Fairies
FIC Rob
Beautiful Days : Stories
Joyce Carol Oates
FIC Oat
Star Destroyers : Big Ships Blowing Things Up
Tony Daniel, Christopher Ruocchio
FIC Sta
Bloody Scotland
James Crawford
FIC Blo
The Amazing Mr. Morality : Stories
Jacob M. Appel
FIC App
Bring Out the Dog : Stories
Will Mackin
FIC Mac
The Merry Spinster : Tales of Everyday Horror
Mallory Ortberg
FIC Ort
Cloudbursts : Collected and New Stories
Thomas McGuane
FIC McG
The Out-of-sorts : New and Selected Stories
Gary Fincke
FIC Fin
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories
Kelly Regan Barnhill
FIC Bar
The Sea Beast Takes a Lover : Stories
Michael Andreasen
FIC And
Going For a Beer : Selected Short Fictions
Robert Coover
FIC Coo
The Weight of Words
FIC Wei
Guardian Angels & Other Monsters : Stories
Daniel H. Wilson
FIC Wil
We Are Taking Only What We Need : Stories
Stephanie Powell Watts
FIC Wat