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By Bob Weintraub. 2014
"Imaginative baseball stories for long rain delays and hot stove league nights." --Darryl Brock, author of If I Never Get…Back and Two in the FieldBob Weintraub's marvelous collection of baseball stories goes directly to the core of what the game does for us when we watch it being played on the field, and shows how its heroes and villains can reach into our lives and remain a part of us for the rest of our days. The stories are told from various perspectives, including those of the player, manager, general manager, coach, scout, owner, writer, broadcaster, and fan. In "Knuckleball," a manager is beside himself when he can't let his star knuckleball pitcher start the seventh game of the World Series because the only catcher he's ever had in the big leagues suddenly goes down with an injury. The team from Alcatraz, in "The Way They Play Is Criminal," has a bag full of dirty tricks waiting to spring on its San Quentin rivals, and it uses them all. A father on a college tour with his daughter happens upon the very same autographed baseball he saw a friend catch in Fenway Park's bleachers thirty years earlier, and learns, in "The Autograph," how a twist of fate has brought the friend together with the player who hit it. A veteran outfielder goes into the last game of his career batting .299 with 299 home runs and, in "Just One to Go," gets his only chance to hit with two outs in the ninth.In these and other stories, Weintraub infuses baseball with humanity, originality, humor, and compassion, and raises the game to a new level of understanding and love.
By Maggie Shipstead. 2022
From the Booker Prize nominee and New York Times best-selling author of Great Circle, a piercing, irresistible first collection of short…stories exquisite in their craft and audacious in their range A love triangle plays out over decades on a Montana dude ranch. A hurdler and a gymnast spend a single night together in the Olympic village. Mistakes and mysteries weave an intangible web around an old man&’s deathbed in Paris, connecting disparate destinies. On the slopes of an unfinished ski resort, a young woman searches for her vanished lover. A couple&’s Romanian honeymoon goes ominously awry, and, in the mesmerizing title story, a former child actress breaks with her life in a Hollywood cult. In these and other stories, knockout after knockout, Maggie Shipstead delivers another &“extraordinary&” (New York Times) work of fiction and seals her reputation as a writer of &“breathtaking range and skill&” (Kirkus Reviews). Rich in imagination and dazzling in its shapeshifting style, You Have a Friend in 10A excavates the complexities of love, sex, and life in ways unsparing and hilarious, sharp-eyed and tender.
By Rich Larson. 2018
Twenty-three stories from one of science fiction’s up-and-coming stars, Pushcart and Journey Prize-nominated author Rich Larson.Welcome to the Tomorrow Factory.…On your left, post-human hedonists on a distant space station bring diseases back in fashion, two scavengers find a super-powered parasite under the waves of Sunk Seattle, and a terminally-ill chemist orchestrates an asteroid prison break. On your right, an alien optometrist spins illusions for irradiated survivors of the apocalypse, a high-tech grifter meets his match in near-future Thailand, and two teens use a blackmarket personality mod to get into the year’s wickedest, wildest party. This collection of published and original fiction by award-winning writer Rich Larson will bring you from a Bujumbura cyberpunk junkyard to the icy depths of Europa, from the slick streets of future-noir Chicago to a tropical island of sapient robots. You'll explore a mysterious ghost ship in deep space, meet an android learning to dream, and fend off predatory alien fungi on a combat mission gone wrong. Twenty-three futures, ranging from grimy cyberpunk to far-flung space opera, are waiting to blow you away. So step inside the Tomorrow Factory, and mind your head.
"With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre." —The Australian"The 15 1920s-era stories in this welcome collection…from Australian author Greenwood will delight fans of Miss Phryne Fisher, who indulges in 'Sherlockery' for Melbourne's citizenry when she's not indulging her passion for 'food, sleep, intellectual puzzles, clothes and beautiful young men'...This volume is a fine companion to the 21 novels featuring this dashing protagonist." —Publishers WeeklyIn The Lady with Gun Asks the Questions, Kerry Greenwood distills the Phryne of her books and imagination. For those fans looking for greater character depth, a richer historical context of the twenties, and Phryne as her truest, freest self, Greenwood has curated just the right stories from her 21 novels and added four brand-new ones so we may meet the real fabulous Miss Fisher.This Ultimate Miss Fisher Story Collection features four previously unpublished stories:The BoxerA Matter of StyleThe Chocolate FactoryThe Bells of St. Paul's
By Rudyard Kipling, Michael Patrick Hearn. 2016
The ULTIMATE, complete collection of the original Mowgli stories!This collection of stories features Mowgli, a young boy who lives amongst…the wildlife of the jungle. From being tracked and hunted by a tiger to being raised by wolves and trained by a bear, this compilation includes all nine masterful tales about Mowgli and his relationships with his colorful animal friends and foes, including stories from The Jungle Book and every other Mowgli story Kipling wrote: Mowgli’s Brothers Kaa’s Hunting How Fear Came ‘Tiger ! Tiger!’ Letting in the Jungle The King’s Ankus Red Dog The Spring Running In the RukhFor more than one hundred years, the stories from The Jungle Book have enchanted readers, both young and old, with their important moral lessons and engaging narratives. By anthropomorphizing the animal characters in the stories—in a vein similar to Aesop—famed writer Rudyard Kipling provides readers with parables that teach family and community values while simultaneously entertaining and inspiring. Consequently, these stories have stood the test of time, have been published in a variety of editions and publications, and continue to be reprinted today.Including a new foreword by leading children’s literature expert Michael Patrick Hearn, Mowgli of the Jungle Book spotlights Kipling’s classic character as he’s faced with an abundance of epic adventures and challenges—all of which have underlying moral dilemmas sure to teach readers what matters most.
By Anton Chéjov. 2022
Una célebre exploración de la cadencia del amor y de la pasión por el maestro de la narrativa breve, Antón…Chéjov. Dmitri y Anna se conocen en un caluroso verano. Recién llegados a Yalta, y sumidos ambos en matrimonios asfixiantes, serán presas de una pasión arrebatada. Lo que se inicia como un juego, un acercamiento decoroso entre dos desconocidos, desembocará en un amor real que trascienda el mero affaire. Con gran destreza, Antón Chéjov ofrece en «La dama del perrito», uno de los relatos más importantes de la literatura universal, un análisis profundo y delicado de los pormenores del amor. Un sentimiento a ratos incomprensible, a ratos vertiginoso, a ratos cálido, cuya vivencia está al alcance de todos y cuya comprensión, a la de muy pocos. «Hubo de todo en su vida, pero nunca amor. Y solo ahora, cuando su cabeza empezaba a encanecer, se había enamorado como es debido, de verdad, por primera vez en su vida».
By Patrick Gale. 2009
Dark, moving and eccentric, GENTLEMAN'S RELISH is Patrick Gale's second collection of subversive and exhilarating short stories'The short story form…suits Gale's ability to zoom in on the smallest nuances of a relationship'Kate Saunders, The TimesA lonely prison governor's wife develops a sudden passion for an unexpected hobby; a cookery connoisseur suspects his homophobic father and brothers are attempting to manipulate him and looks for revenge; a grandmother offers hair-raising family tales to her abandoned grandchildren; a sex demon in an old casket gruesomely transforms a honeymooning couple. In his second collection of short stories, Patrick Gale creates worlds where the making and breaking of relationships -between mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, lovers and strangers -offer unforgettably dark and moving twists to these utterly unpredictable lives.(P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
By Noel Streatfeild. 2018
*'Classic Noel Streatfeild at her warm-hearted best. I absolutely loved it' Hilary McKay, author of THE SKYLARKS' WAR*'Such rewarding reading'…Daily TelegraphThere are stories for every reader in this delightful collection - exciting crime-solving adventures; nervous young actors in the spotlight for the first time; unforgettable holidays and unlikely friendships.Featuring beautiful illustrations by PETER BAILEYStories include: The Plain One; Devon Mettle; Chicken for Supper; Flag's Circus; The Secret; Coralie; Ordinary Me; Cows Eat Flowers; Andrew's Trout; The Old Fool; Let's Go Coaching; Howard; The Quiet Holiday; Roberta; Green SilkOriginally written for annuals and magazines from the 1930s-70s, these newly discovered stories make captivating reading for Noel Streatfeild fans of all ages.
By Joe Hill. 2005
COMPLETE and UNABRIDGEDImogene is young, beautiful, kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's…also dead, the legendary ghost of the Rosebud Theater.Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with a head full of big ideas and a gift for getting his ass kicked. It's hard to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. Francis is unhappy, picked on; he doesn't have a life, a hope, a chance. Francis was human once, but that's behind him now. John Finney is in trouble. The kidnapper locked him in a basement, a place stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. With him, in his subterranean cell, is an antique phone, long since disconnected...but it rings at night, anyway, with calls from the dead...Meet these and a dozen more, in 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, irresistible, addictive fun showcasing a dazzling new talent.Read by David Ledoux(P) 2007 HarperCollins Publishers
By John Ajvide Lindqvist. 2013
A classic short story collection from the writer called Sweden's Stephen King that continues the breathtaking story begun in the…internationally acclaimed classic, "Let the Right One In." <p><p>Because of the two superb films made of John Ajvide Lindqvist's vampire masterpiece "Let the Right One In," millions of people around the world know the story of Oskar and Eli and of their final escape from Blackeberg at the end of the novel. Now at last, in "Let the Old Dreams Die," the title story in this absolutely stunning collection, we get a glimpse of what happened next to the pair. <p><p>Fans of "Let the Right One In" will have to read the story, which is destined to generate much word of mouth both among fans and online. "Let the Old Dreams Die" is not the only stunner in this collection. In "Final Processing," Lindqvist also reveals the next chapter in the lives of the characters he created in Handling the Undead. "Equinox" is a story of a woman who takes care of her neighbor's house while they are away and readers will never forget what she finds in the house. <p><p>Every story meets the very high standard of excellence and fright factor that Lindqvist fans have come to expect. Totally transcending genre writing, these are world class stories from possibly the most impressive horror writer writing today.
By Wyoming High School. 2014
Inspired by Sonia Nazario's book, Enrique's Journey (DB62628) students at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Michigan, reflect on the immigrant…experience and education in America through their own stories and essays. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language and some violence
"Hecho en Tejas" is an historic anthology that establishes the canon of Mexican American literature in Texas. With close to…one hundred selections chosen, the book reaches back to the sixteenth-century exploration narrative of Texas's first Spanish-speaking writer, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and forward to voices of the twentieth century. Selections include short stories, poems, and lyrics to songs. Most are in English or Spanish with English translations. Some work is bilingual. Contains some descriptions of sex, some violence and strong language
By Eric D Goodman. 2011
Journey by train from Baltimore to Chicago via the perspectives of a diverse array of passengers. They are the strangers…we meet every day: a soldier slowly losing her faith in the war, a businesswoman learning to balance her job and the family she loves, a computer geek-turned-criminal, a Holocaust survivor finding hope in facing his fears, couples in love, a man dealing with the death of his parents, a poet hunting for inspiration, and a hit woman with a job to finish before the train arrives at its destination. Watch as these and other characters' lives and stories seamlessly link and intersect, quietly shaping and changing one another
By Sandra Cisneros. 1991
A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican…border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.
By David Eagleman. 2009
Sum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered- each presented as a vignette…that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now. In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. The stories in Sum are rooted in romance, science, and awe: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that cuts through human nature at new and exciting angles.
By Darcy Tamayose. 2022
Award-winning author Darcy Tamayose returns with Ezra’s Ghosts, a collection of fantastical stories linked by a complex mingling of language…and culture, as well as a deep understanding of grief and what it makes of us. Within these pages a scholar writes home from the Ryukyu Islands, not knowing that his hometown will soon face a deadly calamity of its own. Another seeker of truth is trapped in Ezra after her violent death, and must watch how her family—and her killer—alter in her absence. The oldest man in town, an immigrant who came to Canada to escape imperial hardships, sprouts wings, and a wounded journalist bears witness to his transformation. Finally, past and present collide as a researcher reflects on the recent skinwars that have completely altered the world’s topography. Binding the stories together is an intersection of arrival and departure—in a quiet prairie town called Ezra.
By Jack Driscoll. 2012
In The World of a Few Minutes Ago, award-winning author Jack Driscoll renders 10 stories from the point of view…of characters aged 14 to 77 with a consistently deep understanding of each character's internal world and emotional struggles. All of the stories are set against the quiet, powerful northern Michigan landscape and share a sense of longing, amplified by the beautiful but often unforgiving surroundings. A 2013 Michigan Notable book. 2012. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language
By John Cheever. 1972
A Vintage Shorts "Short Story Month" Selection Wandering about the sleepy Connecticut town of his childhood, where residents lead lives…of grueling boredom, a journalist reminisces about the Cabot children: Molly, a sweet girl and his first love; Geneva who pilfered her mother's diamonds from the clothesline and ran off to the Middle East; Wallace, Mr. Cabot's bastard son who lives in the tenements across the river; and the dwarf, Mrs. Cabot's child from an earlier marriage. In this fabulous tale, the crown jewel of John Cheever's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection The Stories of John Cheever, a man agonizes about class privilege and racism, confessing to the knowledge of a terrible crime and exposing a quiet American family's darkest secrets. An ebook short.
By Thomas Hardy. 1997
As popular today as they were during the author's lifetime, the works of Thomas Hardy captivate readers with their gripping…narrative power and arresting imagery. This collection presents a trio of the author's finest and most representative short stories. "The Distracted Preacher," a flawless comedy graced with Shakespearean touches, concerns a pair of ill-matched lovers and the breakup of a little network of smugglers. "The Three Strangers" offers a celebration of the comforts and familiarities of life within a community. The title story, singled out time and again for critical praise, centers on the rivalry between a good but plain man and a charismatic villain.These tales mark Hardy's attempts to record the rapidly vanishing legends, superstitions, local customs, and lore of the Dorset region as well as his skepticism about the possibility of achieving personal and sexual satisfaction in the modern world. Alternatively humorous, ironic, and elegiac, the stories attest to the remarkable range of Hardy's storytelling gifts.
By Elizabeth Peters. 2018
A thriller writer is embroiled in a real-life whodunit when a friend drops dead in front of her, with her…own hatpin impaled in his back. The violation of a sealed West Bank tomb, its rock walls intact, provides a Thebes investigator with a mystifying conundrum. And two sisters take shelter from a storm in a shuttered old house at the end of a country road . . . only to discover they’re not alone. Settle in with this trio of short stories—available for the first time in a single volume—from one of the most popular mystery writers of all time. With her customary sharp wit, historical expertise, and effortless knack for freezing the blood, Elizabeth Peters “never fails to entertain” (The Plain Dealer).