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Must-Read Short Story Collections

Revisit some of your favorite authors and their short story collections. From Zadie Smith to William Trevor, these highly acclaimed authors share fiction that will transport you to places and people around the world.

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    First Person Singular Book Cover Picture
    First Person Singular Book Cover Picture

    First Person Singular

    by Haruki Murakami

    A mind-bending new collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami. From memories of youth, meditations on music, and an ardent love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums, together these stories challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world.

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    First Person Singular Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Tenth of December Book Cover Picture
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    Tenth of December

    by George Saunders

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.

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    Tenth of December Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Are You Enjoying? Book Cover Picture
    Are You Enjoying? Book Cover Picture

    Are You Enjoying?

    by Mira Sethi

    An exhilarating debut by a young writer from Pakistan: provocative, funny, disarmingly original stories that upend traditional notions of identity and family, and peer into the vulnerable workings of the human heart.

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    Are You Enjoying? Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky Book Cover Picture
    What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky Book Cover Picture

    What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

    by Lesley Nneka Arimah

    In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.
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    What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    A Universe of Wishes Book Cover Picture
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    A Universe of Wishes

    by Dhonielle Clayton

    In this collection, fifteen celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long understood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

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    A Universe of Wishes Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    All the Names They Used for God Book Cover Picture
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    All the Names They Used for God

    by Anjali Sachdeva

    A dystopian tale about genetically modified septuplets who are struck by a mysterious illness; a love story about a man bewitched by a mermaid; a stirring imagining of the lives of Nigerian schoolgirls in the aftermath of a Boko Haram kidnapping. The stories in All the Names They Used for God break down genre barriers—from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror—and are united by each character’s brutal struggle with fate. Like many of us, the characters in this collection are in pursuit of the sublime. Along the way, they must navigate the borderland between salvation and destruction.
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    All the Names They Used for God Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    How to Love a Jamaican Book Cover Picture
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    How to Love a Jamaican

    by Alexia Arthurs

    Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret—Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life.
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    How to Love a Jamaican Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Rock Eaters Book Cover Picture
    The Rock Eaters Book Cover Picture

    The Rock Eaters

    by Brenda Peynado

    Threaded with magic, transcending time and place, these stories explore what it means to cross borders and break down walls, personally and politically. With elements of science fiction and fantasy, fabulism and magical realism, Brenda Peynado uses her stories to reflect our flawed world, and the incredible, terrifying, and marvelous nature of humanity.

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    The Rock Eaters Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Homesick for Another World Book Cover Picture
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    Homesick for Another World

    by Ottessa Moshfegh

    There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters  are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion.
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    Homesick for Another World Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Attrib. and Other Stories Book Cover Picture
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    Attrib. and Other Stories

    by Eley Williams

    In this dazzling and prizewinning collection, Attrib. presents a cast of unforgettable characters standing on the precipice of emotional events and finding it fiendishly impossible to express themselves. With intimate, irreverent, and playful prose, Williams rejoices in both the possibilities and limitations of language, as well as the very human need to be known and understood—despite our own best efforts.

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    Attrib. and Other Stories Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture
    Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture

    Five-Carat Soul

    by James McBride

    The stories in Five-Carat Soul—none of them ever published before—spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They’re funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic—all told with McBride’s unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives.
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    Five-Carat Soul Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden Book Cover Picture
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    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    by Denis Johnson

    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
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    $17.00

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    The Dangers of Smoking in Bed Book Cover Picture
    The Dangers of Smoking in Bed Book Cover Picture

    The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

    by Mariana Enriquez

    Populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women, these stories walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror. Written against the backdrop of contemporary Argentina, and with a resounding tenderness toward those in pain, in fear, and in limbo, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is Mariana Enriquez at her most sophisticated, and most chilling.

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    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Dear Life Book Cover Picture
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    Dear Life

    by Alice Munro

    In story after story in this brilliant new collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancée, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father, a young teacher jilted by her employer. Illumined by Munro’s unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. And while most are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron, some strike even closer to home: an astonishing suite of four autobiographical tales offers an unprecedented glimpse into Munro’s own childhood. Exalted by her clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.
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    Dear Life Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    The Tsar of Love and Techno Book Cover Picture
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    The Tsar of Love and Techno

    by Anthony Marra

    This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. With rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, these stories are a dazzling, poignant, and lyrical look on family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. 

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    The Tsar of Love and Techno Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    The April 3rd Incident Book Cover Picture
    The April 3rd Incident Book Cover Picture

    The April 3rd Incident

    by Yu Hua

    Now available in English for the first time, these early stories find Yu Hua masterfully guiding us from one fractured reality to another: “A History of Two People” traces the paths of a man and a woman who dream in parallel throughout their lives. “As the North Wind Howled” carries a case of mistaken identity to absurd and hilarious conclusions. And the title story follows an unforgettable narrator determined to unearth a conspiracy against him that may not exist. By turns daring, darkly comic, thought-provoking, and profound, The April 3rd Incident powerfully captures a singular moment in Chinese letters.
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    The April 3rd Incident Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    The Frangipani Hotel Book Cover Picture
    The Frangipani Hotel Book Cover Picture

    The Frangipani Hotel

    by Violet Kupersmith

    Based on traditional Vietnamese folk tales told to Kupersmith by her grandmother, these fantastical, chilling, and thoroughly contemporary stories are a boldly original exploration of Vietnamese culture, addressing both the immigrant experience and the lives of those who remained behind.

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    The Frangipani Hotel Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture
    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

    Exhalation

    by Ted Chiang

    In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.
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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    A Phoenix First Must Burn Book Cover Picture
    A Phoenix First Must Burn Book Cover Picture

    A Phoenix First Must Burn

    by Patrice Caldwell

    Sixteen tales by bestselling authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. The heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

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    $10.99

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    Grand Union Book Cover Picture
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    Grand Union

    by Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. Interleaving eleven completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.
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    Grand Union Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story Book Cover Picture
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    The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story

    by John Freeman

    A selection of the best and most representative contemporary American short fiction from 1970 to 2020, including such authors as Ursula K. LeGuin, Toni Cade Bambara, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, and Ted Chiang, hand-selected by celebrated editor and anthologist John Freeman.

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    The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The King Is Always Above the People Book Cover Picture
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    The King Is Always Above the People

    by Daniel Alarcón

    Migration. Betrayal. Family secrets. Doomed love. Uncertain futures. In Daniel Alarcón’s hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes. In “The Thousands,” people are on the move and forging new paths; hope and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives’ mysterious deaths and his father’s mental breakdown and incarceration in “The Bridge.” A gang member discovers a way to forgiveness and redemption through the haze of violence and trauma in “The Ballad of Rocky Rontal.” And in the tour de force novella, “The Auroras”, a man severs himself from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself seduced and controlled by a powerful woman. Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar in this new world.
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    $16.00

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    Lot Book Cover Picture
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    Lot

    by Bryan Washington

    Bryan Washington’s brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, raw power, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.

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    $16.00

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    Sabrina & Corina Book Cover Picture
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    Sabrina & Corina

    by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

    Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force. In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In “Tomi,” a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, “Sabrina & Corina,” a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual.
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    Sabrina & Corina Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Everything's Trash, But It's Okay Book Cover Picture
    Everything's Trash, But It's Okay Book Cover Picture

    Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay

    by Phoebe Robinson

    With the intimate voice of a best friend, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count. Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Phoebe Robinson’s latest collection is a call to arms.

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    Everything's Trash, But It's Okay Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Last Stories Book Cover Picture
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    Last Stories

    by William Trevor

    With a career that spanned more than half a century, William Trevor is regarded as one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. Now, in Last Stories, the master storyteller delivers ten exquisitely rendered tales—nine of which have never been published in book form–that illuminate the human condition and will surely linger in the reader’s mind long after closing the book. Subtle yet powerful, Trevor gives us insights into the lives of ordinary people. We encounter a tutor and his pupil, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they meet again years later; a young girl who discovers the mother she believed dead is alive and well; and a piano-teacher who accepts her pupil’s theft in exchange for his beautiful music. This final and special collection is a gift to lovers of literature and Trevor’s many admirers, and affirms his place as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
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    $17.00

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    Inheritors Book Cover Picture
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    Inheritors

    by Asako Serizawa

    A kaleidoscopic portrait of five generations scattered across Asia and the United States, Inheritors is a heartbreakingly beautiful and brutal exploration of a Japanese family fragmented by the Pacific side of World War II. This intricate tapestry of stories illuminates the complex ways in which we live, interpret, and pass on our tangled histories.

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    $16.00

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    Let Me Tell You Book Cover Picture
    Let Me Tell You Book Cover Picture

    Let Me Tell You

    by Shirley Jackson

    Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Jackson’s landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties and bridge, household budgets and homeward-bound commutes, children’s games and neighborly gossip. But this familiar setting is also her most subversive: She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community—the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space.
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    $18.00

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    Together, Apart Book Cover Picture
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    Together, Apart

    by Erin A. Craig, Auriane Desombre, Erin Hahn, Bill Konigsberg, Rachael Lippincott, Brittney Morris, Sajni Patel, Natasha Preston and Jennifer Yen

    Original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today’s most popular YA authors. Romantic, realistic, sweet, and uplifting, Together, Apart is a collection of finding love in unexpected places during an unprecedented time…each with the one thing we all want: a guaranteed happy ending.

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    $9.99

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    Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Book Cover Picture
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    Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

    by ZZ Packer

    ZZ Packer dazzles with her command of language, surprising and delighting us with unexpected turns and indelible images, as she takes us into the lives of characters on the periphery, unsure of where they belong. We meet a Brownie troop of black girls who are confronted with a troop of white girls; a young man who goes with his father to the Million Man March and must decides where his allegiance lies; an international group of drifters in Japan, who are starving, unable to find work; a girl in a Baltimore ghetto who has dreams of the larger world she has seen only on the screens in the television store nearby, where the Lithuanian shopkeeper holds out hope for attaining his own American Dream.
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    $17.00

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    Unaccustomed Earth Book Cover Picture
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    Unaccustomed Earth

    by Jhumpa Lahiri

    These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.
    Unaccustomed Earth Book Cover Picture
    Unaccustomed Earth Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Book Cover Picture
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Book Cover Picture

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    by Raymond Carver

    In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.
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    $15.00

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