50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life
The Best American Short Stories
“I first read this collection in the early 1990s. Culled annually from magazines, the anthology was my introduction to legends
of the short-story form—John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, as well as then-newcomers Lorrie Moore and Charles D’Ambrosio. I was
amazed by the ability of these writers to bring a page alive with sly humor and perfect sentences. To this day, I still consider
the anthology the ideal place to discover a new writer or remember why I love one to begin with.”
Recommended by Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of four novels, including Prep ($15, amazon.com) and the forthcoming Sisterland ($27, amazon.com).
To buy: $15, amazon.com.