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What We Are Reading: Short Stories, Anthologies & Essays

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1drneutron
Dec 20, 2016, 12:12pm Top

Love short stories, collections, essays? Here's a great place to let us know what you find!

2m.belljackson
Dec 23, 2016, 7:28pm Top

Not sure where this fits exactly, but THE OLD FARMER'S 2017 ALMANAC opens with Congratulations on their 225th Anniversary
from both President Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!

3luvamystery65
Dec 29, 2016, 9:32am Top

>2 m.belljackson: Wow!

I finished Why Read Moby Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick. I found it very enthusiastic and it really surprised me to hear the POV of someone that is passionate about MD. Each chapter is a small essay that gives insight into the book and how after writing the first draft Melville completely rewrote it after meeting Nathanial Hawthorne. Previously, the book was a straight forward whaling tale. Once he met Hawthorne and became entranced by the "dark side" (my words not Philbrick's or Melville's) Captain Ahab was born.

There are a couple of chapters about Ahab as a demagogue and how a dictator holds sway and also in turn held captive by his supporters and enablers that really made me think how relevant the story probably is today as it was then. Actually, according to Philbrick, it wasn't until much later that the world felt the story was relevant.

I plan on reading Moby Dick soon. I think this book put me in the right frame of mind for it.

4thornton37814
Dec 31, 2016, 8:56pm Top

>3 luvamystery65: Why Read Moby Dick? is on my radar for 2017, but I plan to accompany it by a read of the actual book by Melville.

5luvamystery65
Feb 24, 2017, 11:40am Top

I finished The Lottery and Seven other stories by Shirley Jackson as narrated by Carol Jordan Stewart.

This collection of short stories by Shirley Jackson was perfectly creepy. She wasn't an element of horror in these, with the exception of The Lottery. These were more the creepiness of everyday encounters of racism, isolationism, social anxiety etc... Jackson had a way to make everything suspenseful in the most subtle way. I really would like to read more of her short works.

The stories are "The Lottery", "Flower Garden", "Come Dance with Me in Ireland", "Men with Their Big Shoes", "Trial by Combat", "Pillar of Salt", "Like Mother Used to Make", and "Colloquy".

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