Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.


I don't usually read short stories, but two authors whose novels I have liked, both recently published short story collections, so I gave them a try.

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahira, author of The Namesake, is eight short stories all focusing on immigrants from Bengal in the US. All focus on the immigrant experience of adjusting to life in a different culture.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, is a collection of thirteen short stories, all involving Olive throughout the years. In some of the stories she is the central character, a minor character in others. All the human drama is represented: desire, despair, hope, love.

It pays to be more adventuresome in reading! Maybe I do like short stories afterall, or at least some short story collections.


Unaccustomed earth


I share your feelings on short stories. You no sooner learn who everyone is and it is over. I read Elizabeth Stout and enjoy the Olive character. Maybe reading a short story with a character I already know will be like reading a chapter. I will have to try this book.
Glad you've jumped on the short story bandwagon! I am a fan of short stories. One of my favorites is Quilting on the rebound by Teri McMillan, which can be found in Calling the wind: twentieth century African-American short stories, and also ANY of Roald Dahl's short stories for adults (if you like dark humor) -- KPL has several of his collections -- Someone like you ; Kiss, kiss ; Collected stories of Roald Dahl...

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