Short Stories

Try a book of short stories if you don't have time for reading an entire book, if you want to try out new authors, or just to try something different!

Read about another culture
Exploring human characters and relationships
Michigan stories
Explorations of social issues 
Short stories from authors better known for full-length novels
Something a little different


Read about another culture...

SightseeingSightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap - "a collection of stories set largely in contemporary Thailand... tender tales of family bonds, youthful romance, generational conflicts and cultural shifts beneath the glossy surface of a warm, Edenic setting."
Ticket to Minto: storeis of India and America by Sohrab Homi Fracis
Out of India: selected stories by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
An Elegy for Easterly by Pentina Gappah (Zimbabwe)
The Time and the Place and other stories by Naguib Mahfouz (Cairo)
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li (China and Chinese Americans)
The Complete Stories by David Malouf (Australia)
A few short notes on tropical butterflies: stories by John Murray (about immigrants, many set in Africa and Asia) 
Little Star of Bela Lua by Luana Monteiro (Brazil)   


Exploring human characters and relationships...

Twilight of the SuperheroesTwilight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg - Eisenberg brilliantly "illustrates the lives of people rubbed raw by what the fates have sent them" (Vanity Fair).
Vanilla Bright Like Eminem by Michel Faber
Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes by Merrill Feitell
You are not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett
Goodnight, Nobody by Michael Knight
High Ground by John McGahern
Best Short Stories of Ring Lardner
The Good Life: stories by Erin McGraw
A Perfect Stranger and other stories by Roxana Robinson
People I Wanted to Be by Gina Ochsner  
Limbo and Other Places I Have Lived by Lily Tuck
Girl Boy Etc. and Other Tales of Modern Love by Michael Weinreb
The Turning: new stories by Tim Winton
Our Story Begins: new and selected stories by Tobias Wolff


American SalvageMichigan stories...

American Salvage: stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell (rural Michigan)
The World of a Few Minutes Ago by Jack Driscoll
Tales of the Old U.P. by Cully Gage 
Old Bones and Northern Memories by Cully Gage
Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them by Keith Taylor
Voices of the Lost and Found: stories by Dorene O’Brien
Last Year's Jesus: a novella and nine stories by Ellen Slezak


Explorations of social issues…

Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer
Secret Anniversaries of the Heart by Lev Raphael (religion)
God's Gym: stories by John Edgar Wideman (belief)

Dear Mr. President by Gabe Hudson (war stories)
Controlled Burn: stories of prison, crime, and men by Scott Wolven



Langston HughesShort Stories by Langston Hughes - "Forty-seven stories written between 1919 and 1963, from Hughes' first stories, written for his high-school magazine, to the masterful work from Laughing to Keep from Crying, Something in Common, and The Ways of White Folks."
The Best Short Stories of Ring Lardner
Collected Stories by Carson McCullers
Collected Stories by Frank O’Connor
Selected Short Stories by Irwin Shaw
Collected Stories by Isaac Singer   
The Bedquilt and Other Stories by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner


BlasphemyShort stories from authors better known for full-length novels...

Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie - "Loss, loyalty, dying fathers, basketball, Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, and life on a reservation are themes repeated throughout."
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
East, West: stories by Salman Rushdie
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: twenty-four stories by Haruki Murakami
Collected Stories by Carol Shields 
We Live in Water by Jess Walter  



Something a little different…

Things You Should KnowThings You Should Know by A. M. Homes – “Homes's distinctive narrative illuminates our dreams and desires, our memories and losses, and demonstrates how extraordinary the ordinary can be.” 
The Roaring Girl by Greg Hollingshead
At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
The Sunny Side: short stories and poems for proper grown-ups by A.A. Milne
Forget Me Knots… from the Front Porch: an anthology of heartfelt stories from around the world, compiled by Helen Kay Polaski  
The Boat by Nam Le
The Secret Goldfish: stories by David Means
Love in Infant Monkeys: stories by Lydia Millet
Touch Wood: short stories by Joe Ashby Porter
Eternity and other stories by Lucius Shepard 
Mr. Fox and Other Feral Tales by Norman Partridge (horror)
Windeye by Brian Evenson (horror)
Attack of the Jazz Giants and other stories by Gregory Frost (fantasy)
The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick (fantasy)
Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti
Oblivion: stories by David Foster Wallace