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Good Bones and Simple Murders

by Margaret Atwood

In this collection of short works that defy easy  categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in  condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and  viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant  stories,...


Selected Short Stories

by William Faulkner

William Faulkner was a master of the short story. Most of the pieces in this collection are drawn from the greatest period in his writing life, the fifteen or so years beginning in 1929, when he published The...


Winter's Tales

by Isak Dinesen

In Isak Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author...


You Think That's Bad

by Jim Shepard

Following Like You’d Understand, Anyway—awarded the Story Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award—Jim Shepard returns with an even more wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories....


Pulse

by Julian Barnes

After the best-selling Arthur & George and Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Julian Barnes returns with fourteen stories about longing and loss, friendship and love, whose mysterious natures he examines with his...


Value for the Money

by Albert Tucher

It was supposed to be a lucrative job posing as a rich man's girlfriend, but that was before someone ended up dead. Now the police are leaning on call girl Diana Andrews and making her do their job for them....


XXXmas

by Jeffrey Howe

Christmas 1983 at the last porno theater in St. Louis: You'd think the atmosphere would be sordid with a miasma of stale popcorn and dank upholstery. You'd be right. Yet, behind the crumbling facade and flickering...


Little J's Christmas Tree

by Wenda Morrone

Little J. may live on the streets of East Harlem, but he knows those streets well enough to take decent care of himself and Gideon, the old man under his eight-year-old wing. Robbing a Christmas tree seller...


This Writer's Life: Ever Undone

by Courtney Caswell-Peyton

This Writer's Life: Ever Undone is a heartwarming and relatable time capsule for all ages. Journeying its readers through every stage of life from childhood to adulthood, this memoir acknowledges that the entirety...


Home for Christmas

by Victor J. Banis

Their mother dead early, their father uninterested, the Wallace twins had grown up in the care of an ever-changing succession of housekeepers, with no one close but one another. Fortunately, they had always...


Pastoralia

by George Saunders

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses...


Christmas Baby

by Johnny Miles

It's Christmas Eve morning, 1957, and John wakes up to find his parents are missing. When he realizes they never came home from a holiday party they attended the night before, John calls his estranged uncle,...


The Man Everyone Loved

by J.R. Lindermuth

Rookie Officer Flora Vastine of the Swatara Creek Police Department is called to Creekside Rest, a nursing facility, where a female guest has been murdered. Ray Fertig, another guest who claims to have been...


The Big Dream

by Rebecca Rosenblum

Dark sharp and pensive Rebecca Rosenblum’s The Big Dream is to our generation what In Our Time was to Hemingway’s.


Time Between Trains: Stories by Anthony Bukoski

by Anthony Bukoski

Short stories that evoke the intersection of the Old World and new, in the Polish east end of Superior, Wisconsin.


Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies

by Ken Kalfus

Kalfus plucks individual lives from the stew of a century of Russian history and serves them up in tales that range from hair-raising to comic to fabulous. The astonishing title story follows a doomed nuclear...


Yes, Yes, Cherries: Stories

by Mary Otis

Exploring the idea that truth lies in life’s extremes, Mary Otis’s elegantly crafted debut collection combines the hilarious with the tragic. These partially linked stories follow the strange and comic adventures...


How to Stop Loving Someone

by Joan Connor

Looking for love after forty: comic, dark, brassy, intelligent.


Tangled

by Kathleen Gerard

After twenty-seven years of marriage - and twenty-seven years spent with an artificial Christmas tree - Edward and Annie finally purchase a fresh pine. When they bring the tree home, however, the presence of...


Pilots and Normal People: Short Stories from a Different Attitude

by Walt Shiel

"Very interesting. I especially liked PROFANE about the overuse of profanity and uncivilized people. I also enjoyed GROUNDED about a pilot who was grounded and his wife secretly took lessons to surprise [him]....