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100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

By on June 24, 2017

Short stories are about trouble in mind. A bit of blues. Songs and cries that reveal the range and ways of human character. The…

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Flying Lessons & Other Stories

By on June 23, 2017

We Need Diverse Books is a U.S.-based non-profit organization which was created to celebrate and promote the diversity of the literary offerings for the…

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Africa 39

By on June 22, 2017

This is a collection with a rich African pedigree – edited by Zimbabwean literary critic – Ellah Allfrey with an introduction from another Grandfather…

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The 2003 O. Henry Prize Stories

By on June 22, 2017

Much like Monday’s feature from the Caine Prize, this collection features stories submitted for the O. Henry prize – one of the most prestigious…

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The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories

By on June 20, 2017

Four things attracted me to this short story collection. First,  the cover which is a tapestry of the essence of the unique sense of style…

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A Life in Full and other Stories

By on June 19, 2017

As a short story aficionado, I am always ecstatic when the season for the Caine Prize rolls in, because it gives an opportunity to…

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French Stories – Contes Français

By on June 18, 2017

For the last two weeks, I have shared my favorite short story collections from authors who have served to inspire and energize my reading…

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A Quiver Full of Arrows by Jeffrey Archer

By on June 17, 2017

From the inventive title of the story collection to the diversity of the tales, A Quiver Full of Arrows is a signature masterpiece from…

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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By on June 16, 2017

At night, something would wrap itself around your neck, something that very nearly choked you before you fell asleep.
From the most-beloved and celebrated contemporary…

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Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

By on June 15, 2017

The stories in this collection are set in contemporary Thailand and written with such insight and grace that it belies the youth of the…

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Tropical Fish. Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

By on June 14, 2017

It has been years since I read Doreen Baingana’s Tropical Fish, but as I reflected on the collections to add to these days, I…

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Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

By on June 13, 2017

R.K. Narayan (1906-2001) is one of the most widely read and well know authors of Indian descent writing in English. A lot of his…

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Foreign Soil and Other Stories by Maxine Beneba Clarke

By on June 12, 2017

West-Indian, Australian is not a combination that I have come across often, and it was that interesting heritage that drew me to Maxine Beneba…

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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

By on June 11, 2017

J.D. Salinger (1919 – 2010) is perhaps best known for his seminal work, The Catcher in the Rye, but he started out his writing…

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The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

By on June 10, 2017

This collection will always have a special place in my heart. I remember coming away from reading it with a strong albeit renewed desire…

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Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.

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