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Chayah
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Posted - 12/18/2005 :  7:56:48 PM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
My favorite short story of recent times is "Time Between Trains" by Anthony Bukoski. The anthology it is in has the same title. It is a wonderful story about finding love in an unlikely place. When I was in school I read a lot of short stories, but recently not many. This one is a gem. I wonder if others have favorite short stories to recommend, I'd like to read some more.
Warmly, Chayah[meow]

Lanea
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  07:00:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Favorite short stories, eh? Well, my favorite short story anthology is called You've Got to Read This (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060982020/qid=1135000347/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-4805058-6827200?n=507846&s=books&v=glance). The editors interviewed American authors and asked what short stories they loved. It's a great book--lots of classics, lots of really great stories I'd never come across before. It'includes Agee's "A Mother's Tale", one of my absolute favorites. I also love Beckett's "Dante and the Lobster" beyond all reason. And Chris Offutt's collection Kentucky Straight. And one, the name of which I'll have to look up, that's about a teenaged boy who starts to date his sister's Barbie doll.

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Chayah
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  09:06:55 AM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
Thank you, Lanea, I will look for that anthology. Happy reading, C.
P.S.--was the Agee story about a mother who went to find her son in a war? I think I heard that one read on the radio--so sad. C.
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  09:10:42 AM  Show Profile Send knitsend a Private Message
"Welding with Children" is a great book of short stories
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KellyKnits
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  09:49:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit KellyKnits's Homepage Send KellyKnits a Private Message
Flannery O'Connor is one of my favorite short story authors.


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Lanea
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  10:04:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Chayah

Thank you, Lanea, I will look for that anthology. Happy reading, C.
P.S.--was the Agee story about a mother who went to find her son in a war? I think I heard that one read on the radio--so sad. C.


Nope. The Agee story is actually a myth a mother cow tells to her calf about, well, why cows shouldn't get on trains.

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RachelKnitter
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  10:42:00 AM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
Individual stories:
Hemingway's "A Clean Well-Lighted Place"
Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
Milan Kundera's "The Hitchhiking Game"

My favorite collections overall would be Milan Kundera's "Laughable Loves," A.M. Homes' "The Safety of Objects," and anything by Raymond Carver.

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Chayah
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  12:56:15 PM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
Thank you all for these suggestions. I know some of these books are in my library system, I will be busy for a lot of cozy reading. Warmly, Chayah
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Wen
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  3:51:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message
The Girls Night in series. All Royalties go to War Child charity which is why I bought the first one. There are 4 now and they have also released kids night in for younger readers.

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Jane
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Posted - 12/20/2005 :  03:57:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message
J. California Cooper's A Piece of Mine is not well known, but worth the search. And Eudora Welty's beautiful stories are among my favorites.

Jane

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