Take A Break, Read Some Short Stories

Short stories are ideal for travelers and busy people. On a trip, you can read two stories while waiting for the plane, and two more coming back. It also makes a light entertainment on a dentist room rather than relying on your Blackberry. Besides, you won’t need to feel guilty of not finishing the whole book. Here we compile some entertaining short stories from all times, from humor, cultural or even romance.

Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris

A quick read around the holidays, this book is a collection of Christmas theme stories in David Sedaris’s dark playful humor. As always, Sedaris’s best work is his sharply observed nonfiction. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious “SantaLand Diaries,” Sedaris’s chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy’s, covering everything from the preliminary group lectures. In a sly way, it carries a holiday message all its own. Read it aloud to the adults after the kids have gone to bed.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

This stunning debut collection unerringly charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. This book is mostly about different types of loneliness and disconnection with the world. Each story deals with some mix of cultural and romantic uncertainty, giving the collection a pleasing continuity. There was a story about a woman with an illness who was kept in a small room and could not live in a normal way – at her lowest point she became pregnant and then was cured, maybe not of her illness, but of her isolation and immaturity.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver’s characters are peripheral people- people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. This book consists of 17 stories, each with unique, crystal insight into the way people work and interact with each other. Known not only as the most well-known short story title of the latter part of the 20th century; this book has come to stand for an entire aesthetic, the bare-bones prose style for which Raymond Carver became famous.

Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

This single volume brings together all of Poe’s stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history. Featuring Poe’s best known works, including Fall of the House of Usher, The Gold Bug, The Imp of the Perverse, The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, As another reviewer mentioned, there are no annotations.

Skin & Other Stories by Roald Dahl

Beloved children author Roald Dahl wrote a series of delightful, dark humour and eleven of them are compiled in Skin and Other Stories. Dahl once said, “The success to a short story is simple, it must have a beginning, a middle and an end. The reader must never want to put it down.” Reading this book has proven that there is no reason to put down this book too early. As single story, if not the entire book, is short enough to finish in one sitting.

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