Short Stories

Can't Choose? Try a collection of short stories or essays. Read one or read the whole book, either way it's an adventure. Don't forget to take advantage of the alternate formats listed. Titles available as audio or eBooks can be used to earn eLectrified versions of the You Choose badge.

The empathy exams : essays by Leslie Jamison
Also available in: e-book

Savvy Seniors: June 2015

Reading time for kids can
be fun when it's with an older adult. Hit the library with your grandchild, or
a "grand friend," to track down some classics.

Round trip by Ann Jonas

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren ; translated from the Swedish by Florence Lamborn ; illustrated by Louis S. Glanzman

Frog and Toad storybook treasury by Arnold Lobel

Michigan Short Stories

Amos Walker: the complete story collection by Loren D. Estleman

The lost tiki palaces of Detroit: stories by Michael Zadoorian

Sweetwater, storms, and spirits: stories of the Great Lakes by selected and edited by Victoria Brehm

The Third coast, contemporary Michigan fiction by edited by James Tipton and Robert E. Wegner

Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels

Dog Days of Summer: Canine Fiction

Curl up with a book or two featuring significant appearances by man's best friend.

Dog stories by edited by Diana Secker Tesdell

A dog's journey by W. Bruce Cameron

Seize the storm by Michael Cadnum

Inubaka: crazy for dogs. Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi

Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Dancing dogs: stories by Jon Katz

Look What's In Large Print: August, 2014

It's the dog days of summer and you may feel like reading, but nothing too taxing.  Short stories collections are a good choice.

The collected short stories of Louis L'amour [large print]. Volume 3. The frontier stories. Part 3 by Louis L'Amour

Full dark, no stars [large print] by Stephen King

Summer brides [large print] by Susan Wiggs, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Mallery

Coronado [large print]: stories by Dennis Lehane

Some days you get the bear [large print] by Lawrence Block

Alice Munro wins Nobel prize in Literature

Ian Willms for The New York TimesThe New York Times reports that Alice Munro has won the Nobel prize in Literature. Munro has been writing short stories and novels for more than 50 years. Mona Simpson, writing in a 2005 Atlantic article sums up her appeal this way: "Her work is remarkable for its evenness of quality--it's hard to remember a weak story. Of course, it's this very consistency that makes discussion of Munro's work increasingly difficult. 'Bravo again!' one wants to shout, almost helplessly, after reading each new collection." She is not as famous or well-known as many other authors that have been around that long. Her writing is accessible and enjoyable. Which is not always the case with Nobel-winning authors.

What We're Reading July 2013

What We're Reading: June 2013

We're not just reading, we're watching DVDs, listening to audio books and music.

Hustle. The complete season one [videodisc]: the con is on

The school of essential ingredients [sound recording] by Erica Bauermeister

The blue room [sound recording] by Madeleine Peyroux

The autistic brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek

Fatherhood: and other stories by Thomas H. Cook

Murder Will Out February 2013

The burning edge by Rick Mofina

Mystery Writers of America presents vengeance by edited by Lee Child

The darkening field by William Ryan

Ghoul interrupted by Victoria Laurie

Cosmetic Power

Chapter 1: The Assembly

“They have failed when we needed them the most,” The old man said in a loud voice. “We must get another group to fulfill this mission and save the universe. We must do this! Are you all with me? This mission must be done. We alone can't stop this, but the right group - only the bravest, smartest, strongest, and most skillful - can stop the sun from exploding.”

In a raspy voice a white clocked man said “yessss, this group mussst be able to get to Sssaturn and get the plassmetic ray ssstaff and sssave the universsse.”

“Do you allow this, high council,” asked a black cloaked man.

“We do,” said the high council at the same time.

“Then, commence operation!”

Location: High Head Quarters, also known as HHQ -

“Sir, we must talk,” said Commander Bob.

“Yes, Commander Bob,” Said Leader Kern.

“We have been approved about the operation. The high council agreed.”

“WHAT? Why would they? This is a very dangerous mission.”

“Ahhh, Leader Kern, how nice it isss to ssssee you,” said the white cloaked man (just imagine him somewhere in the darkness, since the white cloaked man is invisible right now).

“Who is there?”

“It’s me, White Cloak.” (That is his name)

“White Cloak, stop acting like creepers.”

“Why? It’s nice to act like them, it makes me seem more dangerous than I really am.”


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