Friday Find: YOUR Reading Recommendations

As part of our Short Story Month Collection Giveaway Project, many of you were kind enough to share, in the main giveaway post’s comments, the titles of collections you’ve loved and/or are looking forward to reading. Now, following the sage example of the folks at the Fiction Writers Review site, I’ve decided to compile those recommendations so that we can all appreciate them one more time, in one lovely list. I hope I haven’t missed anyone or make any mistakes (please correct me if I have).

Thanks again. You practicing writers are awesome! What a resource this list is (especially for anyone seeking summer reading suggestions).

Kathi Appelt, Kissing Tennessee
Poe Ballantine, Things I Like About America (Erika’s note: I’m not entirely certain this is a book of fiction, but I’ve enjoyed Ballantine’s work in The Sun, so, we’ll keep it!)
Kevin Barry, There Are Little Kingdoms
Charles Baxter, Through the Safety Net
Jorge Luis Borges, Fictions
T.C. Boyle, Wild Child and Other Stories
Kevin Brockmeier, Things That Fall from the Sky
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Raymond Carver, Cathedral
Julio Cortazar, All Fires the Fire
Phillip F. Deaver, Silent Retreats
Charles D’Ambrosio, The Point
Edwidge Danticat, Krik? Krak!
Anthony Doerr, The Shell Collector
Howard Goldowsky (ed.), Masters of Technique: The Mongoose Anthology of Chess Fiction
Richard Ford, A Multitude of Sins
Richard Ford, Rock Springs
Ben Fountain, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara
Petina Gappah, An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
Lisa Glatt, The Apple’s Bruise
Allegra Goodman, The Family Markowitz
R.W. Gray, Crisp
Amy Hempel, Collected Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen
Lydia Millet, Love in Infant Monkeys
Alice Munro, (“Anything”)
Joyce Carol Oates, Faithless: Tales of Transgression
Flannery O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge
Mary Otis, Yes, Yes, Cherries!
ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing
Benjamin Percy, Refresh, Refresh
Laura Pritchett, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado
Annie Proulx, Fine Just the Way It Is
Eric Puchner, Music Through the Floor
J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories
George Saunders, Pastoralia
Lore Segal, Shakespeare’s Kitchen
Sam Shepard, Day Out of Days
Lara Vapnyar, Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love
Patricia Volk, All It Takes
Hannah Tinti, Animal Crackers
Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Eudora Welty, The Golden Apples

4 thoughts on “Friday Find: YOUR Reading Recommendations

  1. drew myron says:

    excellent. i can't wait to dig in.

    thanks for posting this list.

  2. Erika D. says:

    Thanks for your comment, Drew!

  3. Susan Woodring says:

    Erika, I saw your review in The Writer. Sounds like an interesting book…I plan to check it out.

    Oh, and what a great list of ssc's.

  4. Erika D. says:

    Thanks very much, Susan. And yes, this blog's readers came up with some excellent titles, didn't they?

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