2014 is the year I regained my love for short stories. I wrote about it more in this post last week.
A woman in my book group at the library was surprised that I continue to buy books since I work in a library and I was surprised by her comment. I thought about it after she said it and yes, it does seem foolish to purchase books and build up my bookshelves when I have thousands available everyday for free. But Gabrielle Zevin said a funny thing about people who love their book collection at a book signing earlier this year and I have to agree. She said that buying a book is like displaying a “kill trophy”. Walking past my bookshelf makes me proud of all the books I’ve “killed” and equally as exciting to see the ones to kill next. And of course supporting bookshops and authors is one of the things I choose to spend my money on.
Owning short stories is a different animal. I most likely will reread a short story over a novel and can work on a collection over a period of time rather than in one sitting. Many of these authors are new to me and I just want to add them to my collection of kills, so here’s my wish list for Christmas:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981) by Raymond Carver.
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects Of Discussion (2014) by Meghan Daum.
The Memory Wall (2010) by Anthony Doerr. See above.
Self-Help (1985) by Lorrie Moore. I’m finishing up Bark right now and find that I truly enjoy Moore’s voice. Her writing is transparent and the ability to highlight the embarrassing and raw moments of life with wit, intelligence and emotion is something to read.
Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 (2014) by Alice Munro. It pains me that I haven’t read anything by Munro. I went to a book signing for Elizabeth Berg and asked her to name me an author she never tires of and she said without hesitation, Alice Munro. So there you have it.
Nine Stories (1953) by J. D. Salinger.
Tenth Of December (2013) by George Saunders. After my post about short stories, both Shannon from River City Reading and Catherine from The Gilmore Guide to Books raved about this collection so it made the list!
Which books made your top ten list for Santa to bring you this year?