A collection of books that are on the shorter side, or that have short chapters, for people who are having trouble concentrating due to stress. Or for people who want to breeze through a lot of different books right now!
Oyinkan Braithwaite$14.95 $13.75
A short and fierce read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Who knew murder could be so funny and sometimes, touching. Full of sibling rivalry and fun family drama. I blasted through this book because every chapter is just a page or two long, and written like a dagger through the heart.
Alison Bechdel$25.00 $22.50
This was the first thing I was able to read during quarantine. It's a big book, but with extremely bite sized stories.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah$14.99 $13.79
This debut collection is darkly magical, wildly surreal, and also the realest shit I've ever read. Adjei-Brenyah makes us question what is really more absurd: the fantastical worlds he creates, or the violent and and depraved world we actually live in. These stories will continue to haunt and smolder within me for a long, long time.
Nancy Fraser, Cinzia Arruzza, et al.$12.95 $11.91
A brilliant (and concise) introduction for those feminists who understand that 'leaning in' is not enough; three organizers of the International Women's Strike bring a Marxist analysis of women's liberation into the 21st century.
Ray D. Bradbury and Joseph Mugnaini$5.99 $5.51
Denis Johnson$16.00 $14.72
Ross Gay$23.95 $21.56
Ross Gay is a blessing. A record of small joys recorded over a tumultous year. Something we all could use right now.
Seanan McGuire$17.99 $16.55
Paul Tremblay$25.99 $23.39
Sarah Pinsker$17.00 $15.64
P. Djèlí Clark$14.99 $13.79
Sarah Moss$16.00 $14.72
Ghost Wall is a suspenseful and intimate musing on adolescence, nationalism, masculinity, group psychology, nostalgia, and family relationships that will leave your heart jumping out of your chest and your mind completely blown.
Julia Koets$17.95 $16.51
Lindsey Drager$16.95 $15.59
This one is short, but is also a read that's nice to sit with. It blends together astronomy, fairy tales, stories of sibling relationships, and the preservation of queer stories and voices. It is absolutely gorgeous.
Ian McDonald$14.99 $13.79
Kathleen Collins$15.99 $14.71
Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar$19.99 $18.39
Written primarily in epistolary form, each chapter moves very quickly in this story of agents on opposite sides of the Time War falling in love over and across timelines.
Sarah Manguso$14.00 $12.88
A gorgeous rumination on the act of keeping a journal, and the meaning of record-keeping.
Valeria Luiselli$16.95 $15.59
Italo Calvino$14.95 $13.75
Alan Bennett$15.00 $13.80
In old age the Queen takes up reading and finds that she likes it. Complications ensue.
Mathias Énard$14.95 $13.75
It's 1506, and the Sultan has just made Michelangelo an offer he can't refuse.
H. H. Munro and Saki$13.99
Teensy VERY witty short stories
Sarah Gailey$20.99 $18.89
Who wouldn't want to read a nice compact novel about freedom fighting lesbrarians in a sci-fi western setting?
Miles Marshall Lewis$14.95
Jim Fusilli$14.95 $13.75
Jonathan Lethem$14.95 $13.75
Dai Griffiths$15.95 $14.67
P G Wodehouse$7.99 $7.35
If you're missing Comic Con this year, this is a fun, romantic adventure to remind you of Con glory days.
Nona Fernández$14.00 $12.88
Helene Hanff$14.00 $12.88
A record of Helene Hanff's 20-year correspondence with an antiquarian bookshop—it's about the kindness of strangers and the relationships we forge over books. It is so, so lovely.
George Saunders and Chelsea Cardinal$17.00 $15.64
Sayaka Murata$15.00 $13.80
Yuri Herrera$13.95 $12.83
Max Porter$15.00 $13.80
Patrick Modiano$19.95 $18.35
Hilary Leichter$16.95 $15.59
A hilarious and increasingly surreal novel set against the absurdities of being a young woman in the working world.
Amy Hempel$16.00 $14.72
The latest collection from one of the masters of microfiction, Sing to It works wonders in showing just how lasting an impression Amy Hempel can make in as few words per story as possible.
Samanta Schweblin$16.00 $14.72
Akwaeke Emezi$17.98 $16.54
Melanie Gillman$10.99 $10.11
A quick and fun YA graphic novel that puts a super charming queer romance at the forefront of its Western adventure.
Max Porter$16.00 $14.72
One of the more spellbinding and daring novels in recent years, upending narrative tradition with its multi-voice narrative and strange fabulism. Though the novel fragments itself into smaller and smaller pieces as it progresses, it leaves plenty to ruminate on in its brevity.
Carys Davies$15.00 $13.80
The first novel from an audacious voice in short fiction, West packs in a wealth of deconstructions and subversions in the colonialist Manifest Destiny narrative in a short but punchy package.
Bohumil Hrabal$14.95 $13.75
A short novel written in one long rambling sentence that rewards with sharp, gallows meditations on life while also featuring some of the most riotously bawdy and nonsensical asides ever written.
László Krasznahorkai$13.95 $12.83
A compiled volume of shorter works by this recent National Book Award winner, with each following their protagonists' relationships and obsessions with dwindling wildlife.
Wioletta Greg$15.95 $14.67
Autobiographical novella about a girl growing up in rural Poland in the 1980s. Each chapter is a crystal clear, scintillating, standalone vignette.
Leanne Howe$15.95 $14.67
Alejandro Zambra$12.95 $11.91