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The Ice at the Bottom of the World
Stories
Written by Mark Richard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41544-6 (0-385-41544-3)

In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PENErnest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kick in the Head
Stories
Written by Steven Rinehart


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49854-8 (0-385-49854-3)

The stories in this collection establish Steven Rinehart as a master of observation with an uncanny ability plumb to the psyche of that most perplexing beast, the American male, and to create infuriatingly real characters who find themselves in hilariously scary situations.

A man who's finally enjoying his first sex-only relationship destroys... Read more >
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Ladies and Gentlemen

Written by Adam Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45491-1 (0-307-45491-6)

After his widely celebrated debut, Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross now presents a darkly compelling collection of stories about brothers, loners, lovers, and lives full of good intentions, misunderstandings, and obscured motives.

A hotshot lawyer, burdened by years of guilt and resentment, comes to the rescue of his irresponsible, irresistible younger brother. An... Read more >
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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Written by Karen Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27667-4 (0-307-27667-8)

A San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year

In these ten glittering stories, debut author Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove
And Other Stories
Written by Karen Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94747-5 (0-307-94747-5)

A Washington Post Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year

From the author of the novel Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—comes a magical and uniquely daring collection of stories that showcases the author’s gifts at their inimitable best.

Within these... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Stories
Written by Karen Russell


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95723-8 (0-307-95723-3)

From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best.

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Whore's Child
Stories
Written by Richard Russo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72601-9 (0-375-72601-2)

To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human nature, and spellbinding narrative gifts that distinguish his best-selling novels. His themes are the imperfect bargains of marriage; the discoveries and disillusionments of childhood;the unwinnable battles men and women insist on fighting... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Last Night

Written by James Salter


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7841-7 (1-4000-7841-5)

From a writer whose every book is a literary event, a superbly accomplished work of fiction. Last Night is a spellbinding collection of stories about passion—by turns fiery and subdued, destructive and redemptive, alluring and devastating.

In ten powerful stories, Salter portrays men and women in their most intimate moments. A... Read more >
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Store of the Worlds
The Stories of Robert Sheckley
Written by Robert Sheckley
Edited by Alex Abramovich and Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-494-4 (1-59017-494-1)

Robert Sheckley was science fiction’s in-house reply to the black humorists of the 1950s and 60s: Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and the young Thomas Pynchon were his none too-distant relatives; Mort Sahl’s comedy, Charles Schultz’s cartoons, and Tom Lehrer’s songs all mined similar veins. Sheckley targeted the conformity and consumerism... Read more >
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Like You'd Understand, Anyway

Written by Jim Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27760-2 (0-307-27760-7)

Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade.

Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with... Read more >
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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Long March and In the Clap Shack

Written by William Styron


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73675-2 (0-679-73675-1)

Two extraordinary works about soldiers in a time of dubious peace by a writer of vast eloquence and moral authority. With stylistic panache and vitriolic wit, William Styron depicts conflicts between men of somewhat more than average intelligence and the military machine. In The Long March, a novella, two Marine reservists... 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: $16.00
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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