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To prepare for Short Story Writing Month, we present to you some of the best short story collections for your inspiration and pleasure. 


Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson
Description: "Berlin finds miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. They navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman
Description: Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Xin Mu, Toming Jun Liu
Description: A writer experiences life in exile.
Call Number: FIC Mu
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Roxane Gay
Description: Clever and haunting by turns, Ayiti explores the Haitian diaspora experience. A married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood.
Call Number: FIC Gay
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Sara Batkie
Call Number: FIC Bat
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Joseph Scapellato
Description: Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome navigates through the American West--from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between--exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken.
Call Number: FIC Sca
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Maile Meloy
Call Number: FIC Mel
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Martin Edwards, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Palle Rosenkrantz, Balduin Groller, Maurice Level
Description: Today translated crime fiction is in vogue-- but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality. Often these did not appear in English and they have been known only by a small number of experts. This is the first ever collection of classic crime in translation from the golden age of the genre in the 20th century. Many of these stories are exceptionally rare, and several have been translated for the first time to appear in this volume.
Call Number: FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
L. R. Giles
Description: "An anthology featuring award-winning diverse authors about diverse characters. Short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play explore such topics as gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty, and range in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Ottessa Moshfegh
Description: "[These] characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another Worldis a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Annie Harper, Killian B. Brewer, Pene Henson, Erin Finnegan, Lilah Suzanne
Call Number: FIC If
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Margaret Brownley, Rosey Dow, Darlene Franklin, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough
Description: "It is hard for a woman to make a decent living in the Wild West of the late 1800s. From the Dakota Badlands across the desolate Nebraska prairie and up to the rugged Colorado Mountains, six women are praying for a Christmas miracle.
Call Number: FIC Old
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Jones
Call Number: FIC Kip
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Kate Chopin, Pamela Knights
Description: Presents the 1899 novel about Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother who is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation, and includes thirty-two short stories by Kate Chopin, drawn from throughout her career.
Call Number: FIC Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Ha Jin
Call Number: FIC Jin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Patrick Millikin, Will Collyer, Kathleen McInerney, John Glouchevitch
Description: Thrilling crime stories about cars, driving, and the road from the world's bestselling and critically acclaimed writers. Like fiction, cars take us into a different world: from the tony enclaves of upper crust society to the lowliest barrio; from muscle car-driving con men to hardscrabble kids on the road during the Great Depression; from a psychotic traveling salesman to a Mexican drug lord who drives a tricked-out VW Bus. We all share the roads, and our cars link us together. Including entirely new stories from Michael Connelly, C.J. Box, George Pelecanos, Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, Ace Atkins, Luis Alberto Urrea, Sara Gran, Ben H. Winters, and Joe Lansdale, The Highway Kind is a street-level look at modern America, as seen through one of its national obsessions.
Call Number: FIC Hig
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Edna O'Brien, Edna. Irish revel O'Brien, Edna. Connor girls O'Brien, Edna. Tough men O'Brien, Edna. Scandalous woman O'Brien
Description: The thirty-one stories collected in this volume provide, among other things, a cumulative portrait of Ireland, seen from within and without. Coming of age, the impact of class, and familial and romantic love are the prevalent motifs, along with the instinct toward escape and subsequent nostalgia for home. Some of the stories are linked and some carry O'Brien's distinct sense of the comical. In "A Rose in the Heart of New York," the single-mindedness of love dramatically derails the relationship between a girl and her mother, while in "Sister Imelda" and "The Creature" the strong ties between teacher and student and mother and son are ultimately broken. "The Love Object" recounts a passionate affair between the narrator and her older lover. The magnificent, mid-career title story from Lantern Slides portrays a Dublin dinner party that takes on the lives and loves of all the guests. More recent stories include "Shovel Kings" and "Old Wounds," which follows the revival and demise of the friendship between two elderly cousins.
Call Number: FIC OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Jon Tuska, Vicki Piekarski
Description: A collection of Western fiction comprising 28 stories, many by forgotten writers. They range from Vingie E. Roe's Shadows of Granite Ridge, on the revenge of a mistreated dog, to Conrad Lichter's Valhalla, a tale of courage. Quite a few writers are women.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Anthony Doerr
Call Number: FIC Doe
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Call Number: FIC Adi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Hazel Rumney
Call Number: FIC Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Junot Díaz
Description: On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.
Call Number: FIC Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto
Description: Collects forty short stories of murder, mystery, betrayal, and intrigue from writers around the globe.
Call Number: FIC Tin
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
Craig Johnson
Call Number: LP FIC Joh
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 8, 2018
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A Manual For Cleaning Women : Selected Stories
Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson
FIC Ber
Rudyard Kipling's Tales Of Horror & Fantasy
Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Jones
FIC Kip
A Thousand Beginnings And Endings: 15 Retellings Of Asian Myths And Legends
Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman
YA FIC Tho
The Awakening And Other Stories
Kate Chopin, Pamela Knights
FIC Cho
An Empty Room
Xin Mu, Toming Jun Liu
FIC Mu
The Bridegroom : Stories
Ha Jin
FIC Jin
Ayiti
Roxane Gay
FIC Gay
The Highway Kind: Tales Of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, And Dark Roads [Audiobook]
Patrick Millikin, Will Collyer, Kathleen McInerney, John Glouchevitch
FIC Hig
Better Times : Short Stories
Sara Batkie
FIC Bat
The Love Object : Selected Stories
Edna O'Brien, Edna. Irish revel O'Brien, Edna. Connor girls O'Brien, Edna. Tough men O'Brien, Edna. Scandalous woman O'Brien
FIC OBr
Big Lonesome : Stories
Joseph Scapellato
FIC Sca
The Morrow Anthology Of Great Western Short Stories
Jon Tuska, Vicki Piekarski
FIC Mor
Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It
Maile Meloy
FIC Mel
The Shell Collector : Stories
Anthony Doerr
FIC Doe
Foreign Bodies
Martin Edwards, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Palle Rosenkrantz, Balduin Groller, Maurice Level
FIC For
The Thing Around Your Neck
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
FIC Adi
Fresh Ink
L. R. Giles
YA FIC Fre
The Trading Post And Other Frontier Stories: A Five Star Anthology
Hazel Rumney
FIC Tra
Homesick For Another World
Ottessa Moshfegh
FIC Mos
This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz
FIC Dia
If The Fates Allow: An LGBTQ Holiday Anthology
Annie Harper, Killian B. Brewer, Pene Henson, Erin Finnegan, Lilah Suzanne
FIC If
Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales Of Mystery And Murder
Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto
FIC Tin
Old West Christmas Brides: 6 Historical Romances Celebrate Christmas On The Frontier
Margaret Brownley, Rosey Dow, Darlene Franklin, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough
FIC Old
Wait For Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories [Large Print]
Craig Johnson
LP FIC Joh