By Harvard Book Store

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!

My Sister, the Serial Killer

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.

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for

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.

Friday Black

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.

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto

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.

The Halloween Tree

Ray D. Bradbury and Joseph Mugnaini

$5.99 $5.51

The Writing of the Disaster

Maurice Blanchot

$20.00

Train Dreams: A Novella

Denis Johnson

$16.00 $14.72

The Book of Delights: Essays

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.

Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire

$17.99 $16.55

Growing Things and Other Stories

Paul Tremblay

$25.99 $23.39

The Haunting of Tram Car 015

P. Djèlí Clark

$14.99 $13.79

Ghost Wall

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.

The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays

Julia Koets

$17.95 $16.51

The Archive of Alternate Endings

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.

Time Was

Ian McDonald

$14.99 $13.79

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories

Kathleen Collins

$15.99 $14.71

This Is How You Lose the Time War

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.

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

Sarah Manguso

$14.00 $12.88

A gorgeous rumination on the act of keeping a journal, and the meaning of record-keeping.

Faces in the Crowd

Valeria Luiselli

$16.95 $15.59

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino

$14.95 $13.75

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

Alan Bennett

$15.00 $13.80

In old age the Queen takes up reading and finds that she likes it. Complications ensue.

Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants

Mathias Énard

$14.95 $13.75

It's 1506, and the Sultan has just made Michelangelo an offer he can't refuse.

The Complete Short Stories of Saki (H. H. Munro)

H. H. Munro and Saki

$13.99

Teensy VERY witty short stories

Upright Women Wanted

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?

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

Jim Fusilli

$14.95 $13.75

Talking Heads' Fear of Music

Jonathan Lethem

$14.95 $13.75

331/3 Ok Computer

Dai Griffiths

$15.95 $14.67

My Man Jeeves

P G Wodehouse

$7.99 $7.35

One Con Glory

Sarah Kuhn

$10.00

If you're missing Comic Con this year, this is a fun, romantic adventure to remind you of Con glory days.

Space Invaders

Nona Fernández

$14.00 $12.88

84, Charing Cross Road

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.

Fox 8: A Story

George Saunders and Chelsea Cardinal

$17.00 $15.64

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata

$15.00 $13.80

Signs Preceding the End of the World

Yuri Herrera

$13.95 $12.83

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter

$15.00 $13.80

Dora Bruder

Patrick Modiano

$19.95 $18.35

Temporary

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.

Sing to It: Stories

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.

Fever Dream

Samanta Schweblin

$16.00 $14.72

Pet

Akwaeke Emezi

$17.98 $16.54

Stage Dreams

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.

Lanny

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.

West

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.

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

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.

The Last Wolf & Herman

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.

Swallowing Mercury

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.

Savage Conversations

Leanne Howe

$15.95 $14.67

The Private Lives of Trees

Alejandro Zambra

$12.95 $11.91