Booksellers' picks: Short Stories

By Seminary Co-op Bookstores

By Seminary Co-op Bookstores

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories

Daniel Alarcรณn

$16.00 $14.72

This collection gave me goosebumps by the second page. Alarcon portrays limitless hope in the face of constant heartbreak with sparse, economic, and intensely emotional prose. These stories of migration, uncertainty, small triumphs, and large failures will surely resonate with you as deeply as they have with me. โ€“ Adam B

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

$16.95 $15.59

Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize winning novel weaves together the lives of a charismatic kleptomaniac, a struggling record producer, a former PR superstar now working for a genocidal dictator, and many other characters with her signature blend of sharp writing, emotional depth, and vivid imagination. Not a bad page in the entire book. โ€“ Adam S

Tenth of December: Stories

George Saunders

$17.00 $15.64

George Saunders' most recent short story collection--his 2017 novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo", won the Man Booker Prize--displays his gift for finding humanity, humor, and emotional resonance within often bizarre or cruel scenarios: A young man tries to find the courage to save a neighbor who is being kidnapped, while battling the internalized voices of his over-protective parents; a murderer in a government-run medical facility struggles with his past while being subjected to weird, experimental medicines; a man being eaten away by cancer goes into the woods to die, only to be faced with an unexpected challenge. That sort of thing. Savor these stories for their sharp-edged compassion, humor, and strangeness. โ€“ Adam S

Dubliners: Centennial Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

James Joyce

$18.00 $16.56

Joyceโ€™s celebrated short story collection depicts early twentieth century Dublin life with fearless realism. Highly controversial at the time of publication because of its depiction of the corrosive influence of the Catholic Church and the struggles of the Irish middle class, his stories reverberate with mystery, melancholy, and some of the finest writing ever set down. โ€“ Adam S

Don't Look Now: Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier

$16.95 $15.59

If you put Roald Dahl's adult fiction, Charles Addams' classic New Yorker cartoons, and Rosemaryโ€™s Baby in a cocktail shaker, you might come up with a smooth mix of top-shelf unease, macabre humor, and subtle commentary on class and gender that approximates du Maurier's masterful short stories and novellas. โ€“ Alex

The New York Stories of Henry James

Henry James


This volume is the perfection introduction to James's American writings, and "Washington Square," a perfect example of his incredible abilities as a short form writer. "She continued to look at him, however, and as she did so she made the strangest observation. It seemed to be he, and yet not he; it was the man who had been everything, and yet this person was nothing. How long ago it was - how old she had grown - how much she had lived! She had lived on something that was connected with him, and she has consumed it in doing so. โ€“ Alex