Author: Joyce Carol Oates, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 788, Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN: 0195092627

Presents a collection of fifty-six familiar and unfamiliar stories by such writers as Washington Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry James, and Kate Chopin.

Author: Joseph Bruchac, Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Total Page: 145, Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing, ISBN: 1555910947

A collection of Native American tales and myths focusing on the relationship between man and nature.

Author: Mark Wish, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 318, Publisher: Coolest Stories Press, ISBN: 9781737573913

America's most talented storytellers share their most courageous, compelling, unputdownable work in a collection made for story lovers. Praised early on by Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk author Ben Fountain and The Weight of Blood author Laura McHugh, COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES is a new annual short story anthology whose guiding philosophy is that a collection of interesting "full meal" short stories could, as one @JustCoolStories Twitter follower put it, "make America cool again." Toward this end, COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2022 features a previously unpublished story by the multi-major-book-award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland S. A. Cosby; the timeless, previously unpublished short story that led Tina Brown to sign Frances Park's When My Sister Was Cleopatra Moon; and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin's heartfelt rendering of married life that apparently was too startling for the editors of several university-affiliated literary magazines. And since interesting storytelling―rather than a list of publishing credits―matters most to story-hungry readers, COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2022 also includes a page-turner about dating in Hollywood written by MFA student Megan Ritchie; Brooklyn native D.Z. Stone's very first published fiction, a hilarious love story that celebrates the power of women; a heartbreaking account of adult siblinghood authored by David Ebenbach―among others in this treasure trove of unputdownable, sharply written, sometimes comic, sometimes frightening, always suspenseful stories loaded with twists and turns. "Coolest American Stories 2022 is a helluva lot of fun. These stories bump and brim with rambunctious energy and show that the American short story is alive and well. Many thanks to Mark Wish and Elizabeth Coffey for this breath―or let's call it a gale―of fresh literary air." --Ben Fountain, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk "Extraordinarily rich storytelling from fresh, vibrant voices―Coolest American Stories promises to be an annual force." --Laura McHugh, internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood and What’s Done in Darkness "Love short stories? This collection is for you. Not yet sure how to feel about short stories? This collection is definitely for you. Whoever you are, wherever you are: read these stories!" --Lori Ostlund, Flannery O’Connor Award winner and author of After the Parade and The Bigness of the World

Author: John Updike, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 835, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN: 0395843677

With a new 1999 story added to the paperback volume, this collection of the best stories of the century includes some of the greatest names in literature as well as a few spectacular one-hit wonders. Reprint.

Author: Kafū Nagai, Genre: Literary Criticism, Total Page: 296, Publisher: Columbia University Press, ISBN: 0231500246

Nagai Kafu is one of the greatest modern Japanese writers, but until now his classic collection, American Stories, based on his sojourn from Japan to Washington State, Michigan, and New York City in the early years of the twentieth century, has never been available in English. Here, with a detailed and insightful introduction, is an elegant translation of Kafu's perceptive and lyrical account. Like de Tocqueville a century before, Kafu casts a fresh, keen eye on vibrant and varied America—world fairs, concert halls, and college campuses; saloons, the immigrant underclass, and red-light districts. Many of his vignettes involve encounters with fellow Japanese or Chinese immigrants, some of whom are poorly paid laborers facing daily discrimination. The stories paint a broad landscape of the challenges of American life for the poor, the foreign born, and the disaffected, peopled with crisp individual portraits that reveal the daily disappointments and occasional euphorias of modern life. Translator Mitsuko Iriye's introduction provides important cultural and biographical background about Kafu's upbringing in rapidly modernizing Japan, as well as literary context for this collection. In the first story, "Night Talk in a Cabin," three young men sailing from Japan to Seattle each reveal how poor prospects, shattered confidence, or a broken heart has driven him to seek a better life abroad. In "Atop the Hill," the narrator meets a fellow Japanese expatriate at a small midwestern religious college, who slowly reveals his complex reasons for leaving behind his wife in Japan. Caught between the pleasures of America's cities and the stoicism of its small towns, he wonders if he can ever return home. Kafu plays with the contradictions and complexities of early twentieth-century America, revealing the tawdry, poor, and mundane underside of New York's glamour in "Ladies of the Night" while celebrating the ingenuity, cosmopolitanism, and freedom of the American city in "Two Days in Chicago." At once sensitive and witty, elegant and gritty, these stories provide a nuanced outsider's view of the United States and a perfect entrance into modern Japanese literature.

Author: Ben Marcus, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 753, Publisher: Vintage, ISBN: 9780804173544

An anthology of top-selected short fiction by new and established American writers includes pieces by Deborah Einsenberg, Anthony Doerr and Charles Yu. Original.

Author: Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 496, Publisher: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780195130850

This collection brings together 53 stories that span the history of Latin American literature and represent the most dazzling achievements in the form. It covers the entire history of Latin American short fiction, from the colonial period to present.

Author: Ben Marcus, Genre: Fiction, Total Page: 496, Publisher: Anchor, ISBN: 9780307428134

“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they are, how they think, the depth with which they feel, then these stories are, to me, premium material for that construction project. You could build a civilization with them.” —Ben Marcus, from the Introduction Award-winning author of Notable American Women Ben Marcus brings us this engaging and comprehensive collection of short stories that explore the stylistic variety of the medium in America today. Sea Oak by George Saunders Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower Do Not Disturb by A.M. Homes The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender The Caretaker by Anthony Doerr The Old Dictionary by Lydia Davis The Father’s Blessing by Mary Caponegro The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders by Aleksandar Hemon People Shouldn’t Have to be the Ones to Tell You by Gary Lutz Histories of the Undead by Kate Braverman When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri Down the Road by Stephen Dixon X Number of Possibilities by Joanna Scott Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace The Sound Gun by Matthew Derby Short Talks by Anne Carson Field Events by Rick Bass Scarliotti and the Sinkhole by Padgett Powell

Author: Helene Barbara Weinberg, Genre: Art, Total Page: 222, Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art, ISBN: 9781588393364

They also consider the artists' responses to foreign prototypes, travel and training, changing exhibition venues, and audience expectations. The persistence of certain themes--childhood, marriage, the family, and the community; the attainment and reinforcement of citizenship; attitudes toward race; the frontier as reality and myth; and the process and meaning of making art--underscores evolving styles and standards of storytelling. Divided into four chronological sections, the book begins with the years surrounding the American Revolution and the birth of the new republic, when painters such as Copley, Peale, and Samuel F.B. Morse incorporated stories within the expressive bounds of portraiture. During the Jacksonian and pre-Civil War decades from about 1830 to 1860, Mount, Bingham, Lilly Martin Spencer, and others painted genre scenes featuring lighthearted narratives that growing audiences for art could easily read and understand.

Author: Thomas Miller, Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Total Page: 180, Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc., ISBN: 9781647183929

Peace and War is many things. It’s Americana set against a backdrop of what the Military Industrial Complex and too much money in the hands of too few people has done to America and Americans. Comic, tragic, dark, light, funny and serious, it’s about family. It’s about life. And death. It’s about fishing and friendship and baseball and racism and celebrity and academia and the natural world. It chronicles where we have been and wonders where we may be going. Its thirteen stories follow the wayfarer, Frank, from his birth during WWII to the turning of the 20th century. The stories begin in Texas where his father is working as an engineer, designing bombers that will help defeat Nazi Germany, an occupation that will cause him to be shunned by people he thought were his friends when he returns to his home in the Midwest. Frank’s father and mother build a house there that is to be their paradise away from the woes of the world, and it turns out to be the opposite. Frank comes to know his grandfather, Charlie, who remembers the end of the American Civil War, and his grandmother, Mary, who is a confirmed teetotaler and believes that everyone else should be too. Frank and his father, Phil, get to know each other by fishing together, first in the backwaters of the Illinois River in Illinois and later in the backwaters of the St Johns River in central Florida where they meet the incomparable Stonewall Jackson and Frank gets his first look at racism. Frank and his mother, Jessie, get to know each other by following the Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers together, as their team struggles to win a World Series from the Yankees. Frank travels on through high school where he has his heart broken by the father of his first serious girlfriend and meets Dennis Yellen, a bright boy from the wrong side of the tracks with whom he forms a close friendship that lasts a quarter of a century then ends abruptly and perhaps unnecessarily. In university Frank studies architecture, wins a summer fellowship to work and study in New York and sees that his chosen profession may not be so glamorous as he has been led to believe. After university he, like the rest of his generation, must decide whether to fight, and possibly die, in the Vietnam War, a war that seems unnecessary to many Americans. Frank’s wanderings take him to San Francisco in the late 60s where he is immersed in the counterculture and the anti-war movement and studies at the University of California at Berkeley where he sees the contradictions and corruptions of academia. The last of the stories follow Frank into the American Southwest where he photographs the Colorado Plateau, has a close call in a slot canyon, and learns about Geronimo from an Apache woman.