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Akhil Sharma
Description: In a life of adventure and delight, Sharma delivers eight masterful stories that focus on Indian protagonists at home and abroad and that plunge the reader into the unpredictable workings of the human heart. A young woman in an arranged marriage awakens one day surprised to find herself in love with her husband. A retired divorcée tries to become the perfect partner by reading women's magazines. A man's longstanding contempt for his cousin suddenly shifts inward when he witnesses his cousin caring for a sick woman. Tender and darkly comic, the protagonists in A life of adventure and delight deceive themselves and engage in odd behaviors as they navigate how to be good, how to make meaningful relationships, and the strengths and pitfalls of self-interest. Elegantly written and emotionally immediate, the stories provide an intimate, honest assessment of human relationships between mothers and sons, sons and lovers, and husband and wives from a dazzlingly original, critically acclaimed writer.
Call Number: FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Lauralee Bliss, Ramona K Cecil, Dianne L. Christner, Melanie Dobson, Jerry S Eicher
Call Number: FIC Pla
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Otto Penzler
Description: Specially commissioned by the Mysterious bookshop, the "bibliomysteries" in this unique collection feature original stories by the genre's most distinguished authors.
Call Number: FIC Bib
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Martin Edwards
Description: "A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris - belonging to the city's chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri to wonder why his socialite friends at the Villa Almirante are so unconcerned by his death. These are three of the scenarios in this new collection of vintage crime stories. Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings - cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux - to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception, murder and haunting. Including lesser-known stories by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, J. Jefferson Farjeon and other classic writers, this collection reveals many hidden gems of British crime."--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Joyce Carol Oates
Call Number: FIC Oat
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Paula Guran
Description: Portals to all the knowledge in the world, libraries are also created universes of multitude of imaginations. Librarians guide us to enlightenment as well as serving as the captains, mages, and gatekeepers who open the doors to delight, speculation, wonder, and terror. This captivating compilation of science fiction and fantasy short fiction showcases stories of librarians -- mysterious curators, heroic bibliognosts, arcane archivists, catalogers of very special collections and libraries: repositories of arcane wisdom, storehouses of signals from other galaxies, bastions of culture, the last outposts of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world.
Call Number: FIC Ex
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
James McBride
Description: "Exciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird. The stories in Five-Carat Soul--none of them ever published before--spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They're funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic--all told with McBride's unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives. As McBride did in his National Book award-winning The Good Lord Birdandhis bestselling The Color of Water, he writes with humor and insight about how we struggle to understand who we are in a world we don't fully comprehend. The result is a surprising, perceptive, and evocative collection of stories that is also a moving exploration of our human condition"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC McB
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Michael Sims
Description: Long before 1984, Star Wars, or The Hunger Games, Victorian authors imagined a future where new science and technologies reshaped the world and universe they knew. The great themes of modern science fiction showed up surprisingly early: space and time travel, dystopian societies, even dangerously independent machines, all inspiring the speculative fiction of the Victorian era. In Frankenstein Dreams, Michael Sims has gathered many of the very finest stories, some by classic writers such as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells, but many that will surprise general readers. Dark visions of the human psyche emerge in Thomas Wentworth Higginson's "The Monarch of Dreams," while Mary E. Wilkins Freeman provides a glimpse of "the fifth dimension" in her provocative tale "The Hall Bedroom." With contributions by Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Fuller, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others, each introduced by Michael Sims, whose elegant introduction provides valuable literary and historical context, Frankenstein Dreams is a treasure trove of stories known and rediscovered.--Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Fleur Jaeggy
Description: "Fleur Jaeggy is often noted for her terse and telegraphic style, which somehow brews up a profound paradox that seems bent on haunting the reader: despite a sort of zero-at-the-bone baseline, her fiction is weirdly also incredibly moving."--Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Jae
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Gunnhild Øyehaug
Description: "A mesmerizing collection of playfully surreal stories from one of Norway's most celebrated writers. First published in Norway in 2004, Knots is Gunnhild Øyehaug's radical collection of short stories that range from the surreal to the oddly mundane, and prod the discomforts of mental, sexual, and familial bonds. In both precise short-shorts and ruminative longer tales, Øyehaug meanders through the tangled, jinxed, and unavoidable conflicts of love and desire."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Oye
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Description: "It's an American icon: the Western shootist, living by skill, courage and a willingness to spit in death's eye. Now, the greatest names in Western literature turn this mythical character upside down, inside out and every way but loose ... In The Trouble with Dude, award-winning author Johnny Boggs saddles a once-famous lawman with some high-paying New York dudes in search of Western thrills who get more than they bargained for; in Uncle Jeff and the Gunfighter Western master storyteller Elmer Kelton chronicles a quarrel between a hardscrabble Texas rancher and a killer for hire--with results that stun a town... William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone offer Inferno: A Last Gunfighter Story featuring series hero Frank Morgan. From a pistol-packing woman to a freed slave heading into a Nebraska winter and an education in gun fighting, The Law Of The Gun is about journeys, vendettas, stand-offs, and legends that end--or sometimes just begin--with the roar of a gun..."--Page 4 of cover.
Call Number: FIC ordered 092117
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Sarah Hall
Description: A collection of nine stories explores the human soul and female experience in such tales as the award-winning, "Mrs. Fox," in which a married woman transforms into a vulpine; and "Case Study 2," in which a social worker struggles with a foster child raised in a commune.
Call Number: FIC Hal
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Haruki Murakami
Description: "A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speakto us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
James Grady (editor), Keir Graff (editor)
Description: Grady and Graff, both Montana natives, masterfully curate this collection of hard-edged Western tales.
Call Number: FIC Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Jonathan Maberry, George A. Romero
Description: "In 1968 the world experienced a brand new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark movie Night of the Living Dead. The newly dead rose to attack the living. Not as vampires or werewolves. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse. Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry teams with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero to present a collection of all new tales set during the 48 hours of that legendary outbreak. Nights of the Living Dead includes stories by some of today's most important writers: Brian Keene, Carrie Ryan, Chuck Wendig, Craig Engler, David J. Schow, David Wellington, Issac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe R. Lansdale, John Russo, John Skipp, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal Shusterman & Brandon Shusterman, and Ryan Brown. Plus original stories by Romero and Maberry!"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Nig
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Baird Harper
Description: "When two cars collide at an intersection in a leafy Chicago suburb, Hartley Nolan is not the person police expect to find behind the wheel. After all, he barely drinks; everyone knows it's his wife who's the alcoholic. But the bigger question on people's minds is what brought Sonia Senn, dead at the scene, back to her hometown in such a hurry that night? In eleven tightly linked stories, Red Light Run pulls us into the inner lives of Hartley, Sonia, and a host of other characters to untangle the mounting forces that carry them to their fates."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Jenny Zhang
Description: "Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang's exhilarating collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother's role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven vibrant stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Zha
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Ben Loory
Call Number: FIC Loo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Ann Beattie
Call Number: FIC Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Josh Weil
Description: Stories selected from a decade of work that explore themes of progress, the pursuit of knowledge, and humankind's eternal attempt to decrease the darkness in the world. Beginning at the dawn of the past century, in the early days of electrification, and moving into an imagined future in which the world is lit day and night, each tale in The Age of Perpetual Light follows deeply-felt characters through different eras in American history; from a Jewish dry goods peddler who falls in love with an Amish woman while showing her the wonders of an Edison Lamp, to a 1940 farmers' uprising against the unfair practices of a power company, a Serbian immigrant teenage boy in 1990's Vermont desperate to catch a glimpse of an experimental satellite, to a back-to-the-land couple forced to grapple with their daughter's autism during winter's longest night.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Description: A collection of top-selected mystery writing from the past year is culled from a variety of respected sources and offers insight into evolving genre trends.
Call Number: FIC ordered 081817
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Samantha Hunt
Description: "This is the first collection of stories from a widely acclaimed novelist writing in the realm of the literary fantastical. They urge an understanding of youth and mortality, ghosts, ghost towns, doubling and loss, with the hope that we can know one another more deeply or at least stand side by side to observe the mystery of the world."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hun
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Joshua Ferris
Description: These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The modern tribulations of marriage, ambition, and the fear of missing out as the temptations flow like wine and the minutes of life tick down are explored with the characteristic wit and insight that have made Ferris one of our most critically acclaimed novelists.
Call Number: FIC Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Bill Roorbach
Description: "Nine richly varied, often funny, always moving stories that cross a range of landscapes and generations to reveal the complex workings of the human heart. Bill Roorbach conjures vivid, complex characters whose layered interior worlds feel at once familiar and extraordinary. Among the unforgettable characters Roorbach creates are an adventurous boy who learns what courage really is when an aging nobleman recounts history to him; a couple hiking through the mountains whose vacation and relationship ends catastrophically; a teenager being pursued by three sisters all at once; a tech genius who exacts revenge on his wife and best friend over a stolen kiss from years past; and many more."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Roo
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Curtis Dawkins
Description: "In Curtis Dawkins's first short story collection, he offers a window into prison life through the eyes of his narrators and their cellmates. Dawkins reveals the idiosyncrasies, tedium, and desperation of long-term incarceration--he describes men who struggle to keep their souls alive despite the challenges they face."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Paul Yoon
Description: "A luminous collection of short stories set throughout the world--from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far East--across periods of time after World War II."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Yoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Peter S. Beagle (editor), Jacob Weisman (editor)
Call Number: FIC New
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2017
Description: O. Henry Prize Stories 2017
Call Number: FIC ordered 072017
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
Penelope Lively
Call Number: FIC Liv
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Achy Obejas
Description: "The Cubans in Achy Obejas's story collection are haunted by islands: the island they fled, the island they've created, the island they were taken to or forced from, the island they long for, the island they return to, and the island that can never be home again" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Obe
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Suzanne Burns
Description: "In The Veneration of Monsters, Suzanne Burns' sophomore fiction collection, an array of unusual heroines search for love and acceptance, a pursuit that often takes a bizarre turn. Cherise tries to impress a man who only exists in her imagination. Violet throws away a meaningful relationship with a vampire in favor of online community. Tabitha feels she can only be loved by the doll she carries around in her purse. Lara wants to marry a man who believes every lie she tells. And in the final story, Just the Right Kind of Stranger, Irene becomes so enamored with the idea of attracting violent predators that she becomes what she seeks out."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
Gardner R. Dozois
Description: Presents some of the best science fiction short stories written in 2016.
Call Number: FIC Yea
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 11, 2017
Joseph Nassise
Description: "Villains have all the fun--everyone knows that--and this anthology takes you on a wild ride through the dark side! The top villains from seventeen urban fantasy series get their own stories--including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Urb
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 14, 2017
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A Life of Adventure and Delight : Stories
Akhil Sharma
FIC Sha
Tales of Falling and Flying
Ben Loory
FIC Loo
A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection
Lauralee Bliss, Ramona K Cecil, Dianne L. Christner, Melanie Dobson, Jerry S Eicher
FIC Pla
The Accomplished Guest : Stories
Ann Beattie
FIC Bea
Bibliomysteries : Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores
Otto Penzler
FIC Bib
The Age of Perpetual Light : Stories
Josh Weil
FIC Wei
Continental Crimes
Martin Edwards
FIC Con
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017
FIC ordered 081817
Dis Mem Ber and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense
Joyce Carol Oates
FIC Oat
The Dark Dark : Stories
Samantha Hunt
FIC Hun
Ex Libris : Stories of Librarians, Libraries & Lore
Paula Guran
FIC Ex
The Dinner Party And Other Stories
Joshua Ferris
FIC Fer
Five-Carat Soul
James McBride
FIC McB
The Girl of the Lake
Bill Roorbach
FIC Roo
Frankenstein Dreams : A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Science Fiction
Michael Sims
FIC Fra
The Graybar Hotel : Stories
Curtis Dawkins
FIC Daw
I Am the Brother of XX
Fleur Jaeggy
FIC Jae
The Mountain : Stories
Paul Yoon
FIC Yoo
Knots : Stories
Gunnhild Øyehaug
FIC Oye
The New Voices of Fantasy
Peter S. Beagle (editor), Jacob Weisman (editor)
FIC New
Law of the Gun
FIC ordered 092117
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017
FIC ordered 072017
Madame Zero : 9 Stories
Sarah Hall
FIC Hal
The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories
Penelope Lively
FIC Liv
Men Without Women : Stories
Haruki Murakami
FIC Mur
The Tower of the Antilles : Short Stories
Achy Obejas
FIC Obe
Montana Noir
James Grady (editor), Keir Graff (editor)
FIC Mon
The Veneration of Monsters : Stories
Suzanne Burns
FIC Bur
Nights of the Living Dead : An Anthology
Jonathan Maberry, George A. Romero
FIC Nig
The Year's Best Science Fiction : Thirty-fourth Annual Collection
Gardner R. Dozois
FIC Yea
Red Light Run : Linked Stories
Baird Harper
FIC Har
Urban Enemies
Joseph Nassise
FIC Urb
Sour Heart : Stories
Jenny Zhang
FIC Zha