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Bobcat and Other Stories

By Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee, one among our such a lot proficient and unique brief tale writers, publications readers right into a variety of landscapes, either overseas and household, crafting tales as wealthy as novels. A scholar plagiarizes a paper and holds speedy to her alibi till she unearths herself complicit within the resurrection of 1 professor's shadowy earlier. a cocktail party turns into the celebration for the dissolution of a couple of marriage. a girl is employed to discover a spouse for the single actual soulmate she's ever discovered. In all, Rebecca Lee traverses the terrain of infidelity, legal responsibility, sacrifice, jealousy, and but eventually, optimism. exhibiting humans at their such a lot susceptible, Lee creates characters so splendidly unsuitable, so pushed by way of their wish, so pressured to make feel in their human situation, that it is very unlikely to not think for them whilst their fragile trust in romantic love, household bliss, or educational seclusion fails to supply them with this type of strength box they might anticipated.

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Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink

Due to the fact that its earliest days, The New Yorker has been a tastemaker–literally. because the domestic of A. J. Liebling, Joseph Wechsberg, and M.F.K. Fisher, who virtually invented American foodstuff writing, the journal validated a practice that's carried ahead this day by way of irrepressible literary gastronomes, together with Calvin Trillin, invoice Buford, Adam Gopnik, Jane Kramer, and Anthony Bourdain. Now, during this crucial assortment, The New Yorker dishes up a dinner party of scrumptious writing on food and drinks, pro with a beneficiant sprint of cartoons.

Whether you’re within the temper for snacking on humor items and cartoons or for savoring vintage profiles of serious cooks and nice eaters, those choices, from all ages of the hot Yorker’s fabled eighty-year heritage, are guaranteed to fulfill each flavor. There are memoirs, brief tales, tell-alls, and poems–ranging in tone from candy to bitter and in topic from soup to nuts.

M.F.K. Fisher can pay homage to “cookery witches,” these mysterious chefs who own “an uncanny strength over food,” whereas John McPhee valiantly trails an inveterate forager and is rewarded with stewed persimmons and white-pine-needle tea. there's Roald Dahl’s well-known tale “Taste,” during which a wine snob’s palate is available in for a few unwelcome scrutiny, and Julian Barnes’s creative story of a lifelong connoisseur who is going on a really atypical nutrition for nonetheless extra odd purposes. Adam Gopnik asks if French food is completed for, and Calvin Trillin investigates even if humans can really flavor the variation among purple wine and white. We trip with Susan Orlean as she distills the essence of Cuba within the tale of a unmarried eating place, and with Judith Thurman as she investigates the arcane practices of Japan’s tofu masters. toward domestic, Joseph Mitchell celebrates the previous big apple culture of the beefsteak dinner, and Mark Singer shadows the city’s most efficient fisherman-chef.

Selected from the magazine’s ample larder, Secret Ingredients celebrates all types of gustatory pride.

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War Dances

By Sherman Alexie

In his first new fiction considering that profitable the nationwide ebook Award for The totally precise Diary of a Part-Time Indian, best-selling writer Sherman Alexie promises a virtuoso number of gentle, witty, and soulful tales that expertly catch glossy relationships from the main different angles. War Dances brims with Alexie’s poetic and innovative prose, and reminds us once more why he ranks as certainly one of our country’s most interesting writers.

With vivid perception into the minds of artists, marketers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his tales with standard males on the point of unparalleled swap: within the name tale, a son remembers his father’s “natural Indian demise” from alcohol and diabetes, simply as he learns that he himself could have a mind tumor; “The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless,” dissects a classic clothes shop owner’s failing marriage and courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in airports around the nation; and “Breaking and getting into” recounts a movie editor’s fateful war of words with an thieving adolescent.

Brazen and clever War Dances takes us to the center of what it capability to be human. the recent beginnings, successes, blunders, and regrets that make up our day-by-day lives are laid naked during this wide-ranging new paintings that's quintessential

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Once Upon a Time (A Short Story)

By Ayse Kulin

Güllü, a married lady dwelling in poverty, refuses to extinguish her desires regardless of the cruelty and violence of her husband. She convinces him to permit her to paintings outdoors the house and takes on a role operating for psychologist Gül Hanım. the 2 ladies shape a real friendship, and Güllü sees for the 1st time girl can pick out her personal existence, even whereas residing in a spot the place man’s be aware and man’s fist are the legislations. yet, after a protracted and unexplained absence, Gül Hanım’s estranged husband returns. He wishes anything she can’t supply him, and he won’t supply her whatever she desperately needs—her freedom.

Once Upon a Time is a narrative of interweaving lives, certain through threads of deception, the will for keep watch over, and wish within the face of powerlessness.

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Parallel Text: Spanish Short Stories 2: Cuentos Hispánicos 2

By Gudie Lawaetz

This moment quantity of brief tales comprises extra various and vigorous writing from the Spanish-speaking global. back a lot of it's from Latin the US, Carlos Fuentes being Mexican, Norberto Fuentes Cuban, and the opposite writers having their roots in Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia and the Argentine. basically Ana Maria Matute is a local of Spain.

This hugely wonderful choice of tales, including a bankruptcy from Mario Vargas Llosa's novel "Conversation within the Cathedral", explores stylistic contrasts and provides an perception into the cultural and social milieu of the Spanish-speaking international. With notes on strange Spanish phrases and words, it is going to be of significant worth to English scholars of the language in addition to a worthwhile spouse to Spanish-speaking scholars of English.

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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

By Stephen King

The acclaimed number 1 New York Times and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King deals one other spine-tingling compilation of brief tales absolute to preserve a reader up past due at night.

King is in terrifying most sensible shape in those brief tales, taking readers down a street much less traveled (for sturdy cause) within the blockbuster e-book “Riding the Bullet”; undesirable desk carrier turns bloody should you cease in for “Lunch on the Gotham Café”; and terror turns into déjà vu once more should you get “That Feeling, you could basically Say What it truly is in French”—along with 11 extra tales that may maintain you unsleeping till dawn. input a nightmarish mindscape of unrelenting horror and stunning revelations which could in basic terms come from the mind's eye of the best storyteller of our time.

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Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories

By Jincy Willett

Jincy Willett is the excessive priestess of darkish comedy. The vintage tales during this assortment reduce via each conference, each concept of normalcy, with empathy and fearless wit, undermining all of the previous principles in regards to the chuffed kinfolk, the nice son, the dutiful mom. In Willett's global, perversity and tenderness stroll hand in hand; there is laughter and funerals, ambivalence within the nursery, and redemption for the depraved. As David Sedaris writes in his foreword, "I'm ready to put on a sandwich board for this booklet. i will not support myself. It' simply too good."

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The Red One

There it used to be! The abrupt liberation of sound! As he timed it along with his watch, Bassett likened it to the trump of an archangel. partitions of towns, he pondered, may perhaps good crumple sooner than so titanic and compelling a summons. For the thousandth time vainly he attempted to examine the tone-quality of that giant peal that ruled the land a ways into the strong-holds of the encompassing tribes. The mountain gorge which was once its resource rang to the emerging tide of it until eventually it brimmed over and flooded earth and sky and air. With the wantonness of a in poor health man's fancy, he likened it to the potent cry of a few Titan of the Elder international vexed with distress or wrath. larger and better it arose, hard and critical in such profounds of quantity that it appeared meant for ears past the slender confines of the sun approach. there has been in it, too, the clamour of protest in that there have been no ears to listen to and understand its utterance.

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Star over Bethlehem: Poems and Holiday Stories

By Agatha Christie

The Queen of poser has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the stated mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth omit Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her complete oeuvre of creative whodunits, locked room mysteries, and puzzling puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. With Star Over Bethlehem, the world’s bestselling writer shines in a unconditionally unforeseen manner, supplying readers a wondrous number of poems and vacation brief stories.

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