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Love and Hydrogen
New and Selected Stories
Written by Jim Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 27, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3349-2 (1-4000-3349-7)

“These are some of my favorite short stories of the past decade. Reading them is like encountering our national literature in microcosm:  multiform and polyrhythmic, violent and fanciful, erudite and hard-boiled, built on twin foundations of nostalgia for the never-was, and of that millennial American optimism that is indistinguishable from despair.”... Read more >
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You Think That's Bad

Written by Jim Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74214-8 (0-307-74214-8)

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. Like an expert curator, he populates the vastness of human experience—from its bizarre fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly mediocre... Read more >
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Cruising Paradise
Tales
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74217-3 (0-679-74217-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, ex-cowboy, and musician Sam Shepard now stands revealed as a storyteller of dazzling artistry. Bleak and wildly funny, touching but stringently unsentimental, these stories give readers a most intimate view of the writer who has become synonymous with the recklessness, stoicism, and solitude of American manhood. Read more >

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Day out of Days
Stories
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27782-4 (0-307-27782-8)

From one of our most acclaimed writers: a collection of tales set mainly in the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard’s trademarks.

A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is... Read more >

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Great Dream of Heaven
Stories
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70452-9 (0-375-70452-3)

In eighteen stories unlike any in our contemporary literature, Sam Shepard explores the vast and rugged American West with the same parched intensity that has made him “the great playwright of his generation” (The New York Times).

A boy watches a “remedy man” tame a wild stallion, a contest that mirrors his... Read more >
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The Age of Grief

Written by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72187-5 (0-385-72187-0)

The luminous novella and stories in The Age of Grief explore the vicissitudes of love, friendship, and marriage with all the compassion and insight that have come to be expected from Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of A Thousand Acres.

In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends... Read more >
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Great American Short Stories

Edited by Wallace Stegner and Mary Stegner


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: October 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-33060-8 (0-440-33060-2)

This superb collection of 26 classic stories by American masters of the art provides a comprehensive survey of the origin and growth of this literary form.

Includes:
Introduction * “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving * “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne * “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar... Read more >

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The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa
Stories
Written by Elizabeth Stuckey-French


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 19, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49896-8 (0-385-49896-9)

With the stories in her first collection, Elizabeth Stuckey-French establishes herself as a smart new voice in American fiction and stakes her claim to a territory somewhere on the edge of stability, where normal is not just boring but nearly impossible, and where standing out in a crowd may just cause... Read more >
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Coming To Light
Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America
Written by Brian Swann


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 1996
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74358-3 (0-679-74358-8)

From Inuit and Aleut to Iroquois, Lakota, and Navajo, this magnificent anthology acquaints readers with the untrammeled breadth and power of the spoken literatures of North America's native peoples. It is the first collection to present its selections in their full cultural context, for each of its stories, songs, prayers, and... Read more >
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Honey

Written by Elizabeth Tallent


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75511-1 (0-679-75511-X)

The men and women in Elizabeth Tallent's stories think a great deal about love. They argue about it at the dinner table. They cling to it with talismans. They flirt with strangers or moon impossibly over aunts and cousins.In Honey, Elizabeth Tallent animates her characters' predicaments and charts the wild arcs... Read more >

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The Beijing of Possibilities

Written by Jonathan Tel


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-326-2 (1-59051-326-6)

Blending elements of the surreal with carefully observed details of life in present-day Beijing, Jonathan Tel’s short stories offer a rich and highly entertaining guide to the city and its many and varied inhabitants–from a modern-day Monkey King to an equally contemporary indentured servant, from a boy tasting his first cotton... Read more >
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New York Stories

Edited by Diana Secker Tesdell


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59493-8 (0-307-59493-9)

An irresistible anthology of classic tales of New York in the tradition of Christmas Stories, Love Stories, and Stories of the Sea.

Writers have always been enthralled and inspired by New York City, and their vibrant and varied stories provide a kaleidoscopic vision of the city’s high life, low life, nightlife, and... Read more >

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Stories of Motherhood

Written by Diana Secker Tesdell


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95779-5 (0-307-95779-9)

Stories of Motherhood gathers more than a century of literary celebrations of mothers of all ages. These short stories by a wide range of great writers illuminate the many facets of our most elemental human relationship, from birth to death and everything in between.

Lydia Davis and Harold Brodkey explore dizzying encounters... Read more >

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Blue Dawn, Red Earth
New Native American Storytellers
Written by Clifford E. Trafzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47952-3 (0-385-47952-2)

These 30 varied and powerful short stories by Native American storytellers incorporate traditional oral tales into modern narratives. The writers, most of whom are new, featured in this collection represent a wide range of tribes and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of Native American writing. The characters in... Read more >

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Earth Song, Sky Spirit

Written by Clifford E. Trafzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-385-46960-9 (0-385-46960-8)

In this collection of thirty varied and powerful short stories, most written especially for this volume, established and emerging talents in Native American writing present and explore the plight, the pride, and the uneasy presence of Indians in this country today. Editor Clifford Trafzer presents a mix of beloved and rarely... Read more >

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The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain

Written by Mark Twain
Edited by Lawrence Berkove
Introduction by Pete Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7118-7 (0-8129-7118-3)

This unique collection of Twain’s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author’s vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation... Read more >
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The Complete Short Stories

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: Hardcover, 744 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95937-9 (0-307-95937-6)

These sixty satirical, rollicking, uproarious tales by the greatest yarn-spinner in our literary history are as fresh and vivid as ever more than a century after their author’s death.

Mark Twain’s famous novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have long been hailed as major achievements, but the father of American literature also... Read more >

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Mark Twain's Library of Humor

Written by Mark Twain
Illustrated by E.W. Kemble
Introduction by Roy Blount Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64036-3 (0-679-64036-3)

Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires... Read more >
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The Early Stories
1953-1975
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46336-4 (0-345-46336-6)

Winner, 2004 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

"He is a religious writer; he is a comic realist; he knows what everything feels like, how everything works. He is putting together a body of work which in substantial intelligent creation will eventually be seen as second to none in our time..." --William H. Pritchard... Read more >
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The Maples Stories

Written by John Updike


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27176-1 (0-307-27176-5)

Collected together for the first time in hardcover, these eighteen classic stories from across John Updike’s career form a luminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity.

In 1956, Updike published a story, “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” about a young couple, Joan and Richard... Read more >
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My Father's Tears
And Other Stories
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51380-9 (0-345-51380-0)

A 2009 Booklist Editor’s Choice Selection

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since 2000 finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.

“Personal Archaeology” considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers, and “The... Read more >
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My Father's Tears and Other Stories

Written by John Updike


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27156-3 (0-307-27156-0)

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since 2000 finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.

“Personal Archaeology” considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers, and “The Full Glass” distills a lifetime’s... Read more >

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There Are Jews in My House

Written by Lara Vapnyar


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3389-8 (1-4000-3389-6)

There Are Jews in My House is one of the most striking debuts of recent years. Tracing the lives and aspirations of Russians living in Moscow and Brooklyn, these poignant, sad and funny stories create a luminous new literary world.

In the title story, set during the Second World War, Galina... Read more >
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Sweet Talk

Written by Stephanie Vaughn


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-516-7 (1-59051-516-1)

Stephanie Vaughn is a writer’s writer, one whose debut collection of stories, Sweet Talk, was published more than two decades ago to critical acclaim. Readers have come to these stories over the years through word of mouth, posting glowing reviews to their Goodreads pages and on their blogs–unanimously agreeing that this... Read more >
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The News from Spain

Written by Joan Wickersham


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94929-5 (0-307-94929-X)

A San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year

The author of the acclaimed memoir The Suicide Index returns with a virtuosic collection of stories, each a stirring parable of the power of love and the impossibility of understanding it. Spanning centuries and continents, from eighteenth-century Vienna to contemporary... Read more >
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