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I find that as I get older I have less patience with books that are extremely long. Why are there so many words? Do we really need to talk so much? I never used to read short stories or short novellas, yet now find myself compelled to read more of this kind of literature.  Prose poetry (poetry written in prose instead of using verse but preserving poetic qualities) and flash fiction (fiction of extreme brevity) are two types of writing that I am particularly excited about.

Some recommended reading:

Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub

The Fall by Diogo Mainardi

A Distant Father by Antonio Skarmeta

All Days Are Night by Peter Stamm

Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape by Sarah Manguso

Pieces for the Left Hand by J. Robert Lennon

Mind of Winter: Poems for a Snowy Season by Robert Atwan

Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times: Selected Haiku of Basho by Matsue Basho

Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolabo

Stranger by Albert Campus

Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins

Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis

Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis

Brazen Plagiarist: Selected Poems: by Kiki Dimoula

Best American Short Stories 2014 by Jennifer Egan

Art Of Living: The Classical Manual On Virtue, Happiness, And Effect by Epictetus

Ex Libris: Confessions Of A Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

This I Believe: Life Lessons by Dan Gediman

Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems by Louise Gluck

Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014 by Daniel Handler

Best European Fiction 2013 by Aleksandar Hemon (editor)

James Herriot’s Favorite Dog stories by James Herriot

James Herriot’s Cat Stories by James Herriot

Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel by Sun-mi Hwang

Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected stories of Tove Jansson by Tove Jansson

Gifts From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Gardener’s Son by Cormac McCarthy

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

Binocular Vision — Short Story Collection Edith Pearlman

There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Fam by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Heaven of Animals: Stories by David James Poissant

Crying of Lot 49: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon

Disquiet, Please! : More Humor Writing from the New Yorker by David, Remnick

Fur Person by May Sarton

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris

Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim by David Sedaris

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Whispering Muse: A Novel by Sjon

Pearl by Jon Steinbeck

Testament of Mary: A Novel by Colm Toibin

David Foster Wallace Reader by David Foster Wallace

Consider the Lobster: and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

Ghost in a Red Hat: Poems by Rosanna

~ Lysbeth

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