Sometimes books are best in smaller pieces. Such as short stories and essays, even as small as vignettes. Little pieces that make up a whole, smaller chunks to flesh out the story. Recently I have been reading a few of these kind of stories, and have found them the most comforting in the midst of a busy summer at the bookstore along with other hobbies and activities. Whether it is Eduardo Galeano, or Augusten Burroughs they all have something distinct in the way they are written into sections and or chapters dealing with specific stories and ideas.
Below are a list of short story collections and vignette collections I hold dear, they are the perfect summer companion for the doctor’s office or lakeside and even before bed.
This beautiful collection of stories goes along the calendar of the year, a story a day, an event a day, an existence a day, perfectly crafted in one page or less.
Memory of Fire Trilogy, Eduardo Galeano
This trilogy explores the complex history of Latin America, from native legends to modernization each story is broken into elegant vignettes, telling each story with care and grace.
One of my all time favorites, this book explores the dynamics of a large family living in Chicago. Full of magnificent imagery and emotional details this book is heartwarming, thought provoking and moving and works its way deep into the heart.
I just started this work and so far it is witty, bright, snarky and thought provoking. EVERYTHING Augusten Burroughs excels at in his writing. For some great advice on anything haunting you on a daily basis this is a great reference.
Arguably the most important short story collection of the last century, this great volume is revered by scholars and literary figures alike and is lived by many generations and cultures. A must read, and a set of stories one will return to for years to come.
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