Last week I posed the question of what 1 book you would suggest to an eighth, going into ninth grader. Click here to see the post and the discussion. The staff at the BPL did a great job adding to the conversation. They will get involved every week, but so can you.
This week, I was thinking about short story collections since I am reading the deliciously evil and twisted collection These Children Who Come At You With Knives and Other Fairy Tales by Jim Knipfel. I also just bought my husband the brand new collection edited by Neil Gaiman, called simply Stories.
I happen to enjoy short story collections myself, but I am always having trouble finding resources to identify good story collections for my patrons. There are very few resources for Short Story RA out there. So, using the collective brain of our wonderful BPL staff, and you, the blog readers, I thought we would compile a list of our favorite short story collections.
First a note: at the BPL, we do not note if a book is a collection of stories in the catalog, but we do put a big "Short Stories" stickers on the book itself.
Here are some ideas from Lit Lists to start us off:
- The Ten Best Short Story Collections of the 00's
- Author Jay McInerney's Favorite Stories
- Five Must Read Story Collections
- Author Alison MacLeod's Top 10 Short Stories
20th Century Ghost by Joe Hill
Any collection by Steven Millhauser, Lorrie Moore, or Alice Munro
Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Strout (which I read here)
Different Seasons by Stephen King
But my all-time favorite short story collection is still Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Now it is your turn. What are your favorite short story collections?
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