Dear THE SECOND PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES: Lovely, bittersweet snapshots of the twentieth century

Dear The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories: I purchased you on an amazing return trip to England last summer, and have been waiting to read you ever since. As I wrote about in this post, I honestly never thought I would get the opportunity to visit Persephone Books, and when I did I knew …

MEN WITHOUT WOMEN by Haruki Murakami | Review

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same …

Top Ten Tuesday: Short Stories that Exceed Tall Expectations

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share our favorite short story collections. While I usually prefer reading novels over short stories, I have enjoyed several fantastic collections. Here are a few of my favorites! Apparently I haven't read enough short story collections to fill …

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK by Sandra Cisneros | Review

Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories explores life of women on both sides of the Mexico-USA border. Although mostly written in English, this short story collection does include bits and pieces of Spanish sprinkled throughout, which I really enjoyed as someone studying Spanish in college. It's always fun to see how quickly your mind can go …

HEMMED IN edited by M.R. Nelson | ARC Review

Hemmed In is a collection of six short stories written by women, about women. In the words of editor M.R. Nelson, the stories in this collection are about "women, the restrictions on their lives, and the ways they found to make space for themselves despite those restrictions." When I was offered an ARC of this collection …

ONE MORE THING by B.J. Novak | Review

Two years ago when I first entered college (it's been that long already?!) I was faced with the dilemma of how to juggle my love of reading for pleasure with all of the work I was assigned for classes. For the most part, the solution I ultimately employed was to put my reading on pause …

BAYOU FOLK by Kate Chopin | Review

First published in 1894, Bayou Folk is Kate Chopin's first collection of short stories bundled together in one volume. After reading this collection for one of my classes, I decided to do a bit more research about its initial critical reception. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a review published in the April 1894 edition of the Atlantic Monthly that succinctly and …

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors of Short Stories

Happy Tuesday!! Since this week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is one that I've already done recently, I decided to go with a bit of different twist. Today I'll be sharing ten of my favorite authors who have written excellent short stories. I don't read short stories very often-- mostly just when I'm assigned to read them …

Poevember: THE BLACK CAT

"For the most wild yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief." This story is very reminiscent of "The Tell-Tale Heart" in many aspects, including the narrator's voice, the reiteration of a central idea, and the ending. As in the other story, the narrator was lacking a …

Poevember: THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

"The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." "The Cask of Amontillado" was a creepy and disturbing tale, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't my favorite of Poe's short stories. While the horror factor was definitely present, especially towards the ending, …