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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: $16.00
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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Olinger Stories

Written by John Updike


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71250-0 (0-375-71250-X)

The first one-volume hardcover edition of the eleven autobiographical stories that were closest to Updike's heart. 

In an interview, Updike once said, "If I had to give anybody one book of me, it would be the Olinger Stories." These stories were originally published in The New Yorker and then in various collections before Vintage first... 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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Honored Guest

Written by Joy Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9552-0 (1-4000-9552-2)

With her singular brand of gorgeous dark humor, Joy Williams explores the various ways—comic, tragic, and unnerving—we seek to accommodate diminishment and loss. A masseuse breaks her rich client's wrist bone, a friend visits at the hospital long after she is welcome, and a woman surrenders her husband to a creepily... Read more >
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An Ambulance Is on the Way
Stories of Men in Trouble
Written by Jonathan Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3123-8 (1-4000-3123-0)

National Jewish Book Award finalist Jonathan Wilson’s uproariously funny stories showcase the neuroses of suburban men as they ruminate, self-medicate, and acclimate to the rhythms of middle age.

From the slacker husband who spends his day running household errands, chatting up the local soccer moms, and drinking most of the wine he... Read more >
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Mrs. Somebody Somebody
Fiction
Written by Tracy Winn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8145-2 (0-8129-8145-6)

In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Night In Question
Stories
Written by Tobias Wolff


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 30, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78155-4 (0-679-78155-2)

One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff's new collection--his first in eleven years--begins with a man biting a dog. The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point. The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable: the dog has attacked... Read more >
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Our Story Begins
New and Selected Stories
Written by Tobias Wolff


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9597-1 (1-4000-9597-2)

This collection of stories—twenty-one classics followed by ten potent new stories—displays Tobias Wolff's exquisite gifts over a quarter century.

"Unforgettable…. Wolff's voice is unfailingly authentic, while his embrace of the variety of American experience is knowing, forgiving and all-encompassing." —The New York Times Book Review

"A volume that belongs on everybody's shelf... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories

Written by Tobias Wolff


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74513-6 (0-679-74513-0)

The thirty-three stories in this volume, selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff, prove that the American short story is as lively and robust an art form as it was in the early half of the century.  Writers like Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Flannery O'Connor paved the way for many of those... Read more >
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