Weekly Book List: Week 4 (Short Stories)

bonfireBeneath the Bonfire: Stories / Nickolas Butler

A collection of stories includes the tales of young couples who gather annually to collect winter firewood and an aging environmentalist who takes out his anger on an unsuspecting target. (FIC BUTLER)


mothersMothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories / Bonnie Jo Campbell

In this third short story collection from author Bonnie Jo Campbell, mothers and daughters feature heavily, weighing the consequences of bad choices, facing difficult situations in the present, and worrying about their futures. (FIC CAMPBELL)


lose-herThis 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. (FIC DIAZ)


superheroesTwilight of the Superheroes / Deborah Eisenberg

A collection of short works includes the tales of a group of friends whose efforts to acquire a luxurious Manhattan sublet are halted by the September 11 attacks, a teacher’s Roman holiday in the wake of her husband’s life-threatening illness, and a brother’s painful love for his schizophrenic sister. (FIC EISENBERG)

dublinersDubliners / James Joyce

In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization. (FIC JOYCE)


maladiesInterpreter 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 in such tales as “A Temporary Matter,” in which a young Indian-American couple confronts their grief over the loss of a child, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. (FIC LAHIRI)

more-thingOne 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. (FIC NOVAK)


nineNine Stories / J.D. Salinger

“DeDaumier-Smith’s Blue Period,” “Teddy,” and “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” are among the nine works in a collection of Salinger’s perceptive and realistic short stories. (FIC SALINGER)


tenthTenth of December: Stories / 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. (FIC SAUNDERS)


prettyMe Talk Pretty One Day / David Sedaris

In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals. (814.54 SED)

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