Like, Try, Why: Short Story Collections

I’ve started making readers’ advisory graphics for the library again now that we’re trying to get back into a routine after the move. We’ve also done some rebranding, and I’m going to start making graphics for children and adult titles, in addition to the teen ones I’ve been doing. I’ve also made an easy to use template, so if other staff from youth services or readers’ services wants to make them, it’s easy and they’ll all be consistent.

I’ve been on a bit of a short story kick, so my first one was read-alikes for popular short stories collections.

readers' advisory for short story collections

If you liked Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, the offbeat and whimsical I am the Executioner: Love Stories by Ralesh Parameswaran might be a hit with you. It’s absurdly delightful, but still has literary flair.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Goodreads | Amazon| Review (NPR)

I am an Executioner: Love Stories by Ralesh Parmeswaran

Goodreads | Amazon | Review (NYT)

Both Saunders and Marcus write stories that are witty, but with a literary flair and employ experimental styles.

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Goodreads | Amazon | Review (NYT)

Leaving the Sea: Stories by Ben Marcus

Goodreads | Amazon | Review (Rumpus)

Love and loss take center stage in both This is How You Lose Her and If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

Goodreads | Amazon | Review (AV Club)

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black

Goodreads | Amazon | Review (Powell’s)

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Do you have a favorite short story collection? What would you recommend to readers who enjoyed any of these? 

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