Multcolib Research Picks: Stories, samplers and short works
Annotation:The 100th issue of Granta, guest edited by the acclaimed British novelist William Boyd, features original work by many of the writers who have helped to make it the most widely read literary magazine in the world.
Annotation:This book includes essays by and about people who hold fast to particular religious traditions—Catholics, Jews, Lutherans, Zen Buddhists—but it also includes essays and poems on current events, science, and nature.
Annotation:In The Pushcart Prize XXXVI more than sixty selections of memoirs, poetry, essays, and short stories have been picked from thousands of nominations by Pushcart Press staff editors and hundreds of small presses.
Annotation:This popular annual celebrates the year in music writing by gathering a rich array of essays, missives, and musings on every style of music from rock to hip-hop to R&B to jazz to pop to blues and more.
Annotation:The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story traces this great tradition through decades of social change and shows the pleasure Irish writers continue to take in the short-story form.
Annotation:Edited by New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks, this classic collection of the year’s best includes thought-provoking essays from Marcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jose Antonio Vargas, and others.
Annotation:As Polo returned home across the Indian Ocean, after years in the service of Genghis Khan, he picked up a fabulous array of stories from sailors and merchants, about the peoples of the region, some reliable, some wholly implausible, but all fascinating.
Annotation: This Very Short Introduction introduces the fascinating world of game theory, showing how it can be understood without mathematical equations, and revealing that everything from how to play poker optimally to the sex ratio among bees can be understood by anyone willing to think seriously about the problem.
Annotation:The original disaster narrative tells how a confident, well-equipped Spanish expedition to explore the Florida mainland came utterly to grief through arrogance, storms and bad luck, leaving a handful of survivors to stagger to Mexico City some years later.
Annotation:This book highlights the explosive impact of cryptography on modern society, with, for example, the evolution of the internet and the introduction of more sophisticated banking methods.
Annotation: Branching across every genre, from mystery and romance to flash fiction and prose poetry, this anthology of works by preeminent writers on the heart of New Orleans features a previously unpublished story by Tennessee Williams.
Annotation:"In celebration of the first 25 years of the Pushcart Prize, Brandt, essays editor since 1986, presents 35 glorious works, ranging from literary critiques, including Robert Hass on Wallace Stevens and Seamus Heaney on Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, to explorations of political or social conscience, such as John Balaban's examination of his role in the Vietnam War and Sara Suleri's ode to her female relatives in Pakistan, "a place where the concept of woman was not really part of an available vocabulary." Publishers Weekly