If you liked Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris…

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The Thing Around Your Neck / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A collection of twelve stories includes the tale of a medical student in hiding with a poor Muslim woman, and a woman who discovers a devastating secret about her brother’s death.

 

Stories of Your Life and Others / Ted Chiang

Presents a first collection of seven science fiction short stories, and includes an original tale, “Liking What You See: A Documentary” for this anthology.

 

This Is How You Lose Her / Junot Diaz

Presents a collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.

 

Uncommon Type: Some Stories / Tom Hanks

Hanks writes about characters that he would love to play in the movies, had they been written. This collection of stories holds a myriad of emotions, settings, and time periods with two common threads: the typewriter and uncommonly normal men and women.

 

The Lottery and Other Stories / Shirley Jackson

For here the sharp and unsparing commentary on the human scene, in often inhuman interchanges, narrows and gains in precision in this medium. The incidents, while derived from very ordinary, very everyday experiences, range from New York city life and its impervious impersonality, to country villages and the invidious interference of “neighbors”.

Interpreter of Maladies / Jhumpa Lahiri

In nine stories imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, Lahiri charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. This short fiction collection blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture.

 

Runaway / Alice Munro

A collection of short fiction captures the lives of women of all ages and circumstances, as they deal with the limits and lies of passion, unfulfilled dreams, motherhood, betrayal, and the bonds of love.

 

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories / B.J. Novak

A debut collection by a writer for the television series “The Office” includes the title story, in which a boy’s lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.

 

Tenth of December / George Saunders

A collection of stories includes “Home,” a wryly whimsical account of a soldier’s return from war; “Victory Lap,” a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.

 

You Think It, I’ll Say It / Curtis Sittenfeld

A collection of ten short stories from the author of Eligible. Literary fiction with young adult appeal. Well-developed characters in fascinating circumstances. Poignant, timely, sad, funny, and cohesive. Sittenfeld shows her craft in a new form.

 

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