How They Met and Other Stories

How They Met  and Other Stories
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9780375843235
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Release: 2009
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.

How They Met and Other Stories

How They Met and Other Stories
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780375849428
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Release: 2008-01-08
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to have fans of Boy Meets Boy eager to devour it. Here are 18 stories, all about love, all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection, David Levithan proves that love is a many splendored thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.

How They Met and Other Stories

How They Met and Other Stories
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781922148766
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Release: 2014-01-29
Editor: Text Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Eighteen stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing. David Levithan is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of young adult books, including Boy Meets Boy, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). He lives in New Jersey and spends his days in New York, editing and publishing other people's books. textpublishing.com.au 'Teens and older young adults will find themselves here and likely learn a little about that many-splendoured emotion.' Kirkus Reviews 'Levithan's characteristic style of introspection shines through in this collection...slices of lives that readers will identify with, cheer on and contemplate long after the story has been read.' Magpies

The Last Time They Met

The Last Time They Met
Author: Anita Shreve
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780759523081
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Release: 2001-04-10
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the last time Linda and Thomas meet, at a charmless hotel in a distant city, to the moment, thirty-five years earlier, when a chance encounter on a rocky beach binds them fatefully together, this hypnotically compelling novel unfolds a tale of intense passion, drama, and suspense. The Last Time They Met is a singularly ambitious and accomplished work by one of today's most widely celebrated novelists.

Reality and Other Stories

Reality  and Other Stories
Author: John Lanchester
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780571363025
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Release: 2020-09-29
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Household gizmos with a mind of their own. Constant cold calls from unknown numbers. And the creeping suspicion that none of this is real. Reality, and Other Stories is a gathering of deliciously chilling entertainments - stories to be read as the evenings draw in and the days are haunted by all the ghastly schlock, uncanny technologies and absurd horrors of modern life.

F ckface

F ckface
Author: Leah Hampton
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781250259585
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Release: 2020-07-14
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

F*ckface is a brassy, bighearted debut collection of twelve short stories about rurality, corpses, honeybee collapse, and illicit sex in post-coal Appalachia. The twelve stories in this knockout collection—some comedic, some tragic, many both at once—examine the interdependence between rural denizens and their environment. A young girl, desperate for a way out of her small town, finds support in an unlikely place. A ranger working along the Blue Ridge Parkway realizes that the dark side of the job, the all too frequent discovery of dead bodies, has taken its toll on her. Haunted by his past, and his future, a tech sergeant reluctantly spends a night with his estranged parents before being deployed to Afghanistan. Nearing fifty and facing new medical problems, a woman wonders if her short stint at the local chemical plant is to blame. A woman takes her husband’s research partner on a day trip to her favorite place on earth, Dollywood, and briefly imagines a different life. In the vein of Bonnie Jo Campbell and Lee Smith, Leah Hampton writes poignantly and honestly about a legendary place that’s rapidly changing. She takes us deep inside the lives of the women and men of Appalachia while navigating the realities of modern life with wit, bite, and heart.

Where Is Peter and Other Stories

Where Is Peter and Other Stories
Author: Indrasish Banerjee
Pages: 68
ISBN: 9781482873108
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Release: 2016-05-17
Editor: Partridge Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Where Is Peter and Other Stories is a collection of mystery short stories revolving around the characters of the DeCosta family. Although each story has a standalone plotline, the reader will be left pleasantly surprised by the reappearance of the characters they met in earlier stories. Devoid of any thematic connection or a chronological order, the stories provide snippets of the lives of various members of the DeCosta family slowly forming a family portrait. Each story in the collection takes the reader by surprise by unpredictability of events and outcomes. In one of them, a family get-together fails to take off due to the absence of a family member who never arrives. In another, a cat, privy to the goings-on of the family of its benefactor, constantly feels the presence of the benefactor many years after it saw him brought to the house in a hearse. The reader will heave a sigh of relief, following a stab of horror, when Mary realizes that the woman she sees at the theatre is not the same woman she is running away from.

How We Met

How We Met
Author: Miriam Sokol
Pages: 207
ISBN: 0761517049
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Release: 1999
Editor: Prima Lifestyles
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"How We Met" is a collection of true love stories recounting the unique and magical ways that couples have come together. This book also addresses spiritual themes in the familiar context of romantic stories.

The First Person and Other Stories

The First Person and Other Stories
Author: Ali Smith
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307808561
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Release: 2011-11-09
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the Whitbread Award-winning author of The Accidental and Hotel World comes this stunning collection of stories set in a world of everyday dislocation, where people nevertheless find connection, mystery, and love. These tales are of ordinary but poignant beauty: at the pub, strangers regale each other with memories of Christmases past; lovers share tales over dinner about how they met, their former lovers, and each other; a woman even tells a story to her fourteen-year-old self. As Smith explores the subtle links between what we know and what we feel, she creates an exuberant, masterly collection that is packed full of ideas, humor, nuance, and compassion. Ali Smith and the short story are made for each other.

Free Love And Other Stories

Free Love And Other Stories
Author: Ali Smith
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780349007960
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Release: 2015-08-18
Editor: Virago
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A teenage girl finds unexpected sexual freedom on a trip to Amsterdam. A woman trapped at a dinner party comes up against an ugly obsession. The stories in Free Love are about desire, memory, sexual ambiguity and the imagination. In the harsh light of dislocation, the people in them still find connections, words blowing in the street, love in unexpected places. Ali Smith shows how things come together and how they break apart. She disconcerts and affirms with the lightest touch, to make us love and live differently.

When First They Met Short Story

When First They Met  Short Story
Author: Debbie Macomber
Pages: 17
ISBN: 9780345539366
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Release: 2012-06-18
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series have won thousands of fans, thanks to her signature blend of heartfelt romance, delightful humor, and warm wisdom. Now, in this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Macomber shares a sneak peek into her new series set in Cedar Cove, which features Jo Marie, before she becomes the owner of the beloved Rose Harbor Inn. From the moment Jo Marie sits next to Paul inside the Seattle Seahawks’ stadium, she feels a spark. Paul’s striking blue eyes and kind smile tell her that he’s someone special—different from any man she’s met before. When they strike up a conversation, Jo Marie and Paul realize how much they have in common, yet there’s one thing keeping them from a fairy-tale ending: Paul is in the military and will ship out of Seattle within the next six weeks. As Jo Marie wonders if she should once again open her heart, she decides that, no matter the stakes, she can’t forgo her chance at true love. Includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber's Last One Home.

I Heart You You Haunt Me

I Heart You  You Haunt Me
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Pages: 240
ISBN: 1442407344
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Release: 2009-10-27
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl gets boy back... ...sort of. Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

19 Love Songs

19 Love Songs
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781984848659
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Release: 2020-01-07
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love! A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush. A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A." A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing. 19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine's Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there's something for every reader here. Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round.

Metropolitan Stories

Metropolitan Stories
Author: Christine Coulson
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781590510636
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Release: 2019-10-08
Editor: Other Press, LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories.” —Maira Kalman, artist and bestselling author of The Principles of Uncertainty From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than twenty-five years, an enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn't see. Hidden behind the Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms, and cafeteria that are home to the museum's devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people—along with a few ghosts. A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, but also a beautiful book about introspection, an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.

Love and Other Words

Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781501128028
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Release: 2018-04-10
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After a decade apart, childhood sweethearts reconnect by chance in New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s touching, romantic novel Love and Other Words…how many words will it take for them to figure out where it all went wrong? The story of the heart can never be unwritten. Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away. But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her. Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi
Author: O. Henry
Pages: 10
ISBN: 9781775416005
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Release: 2009-06-01
Editor: The Floating Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Gift of the Magi is a treasured short story written by O. Henry. A young and very much in love couple can barely afford their one-room apartment, let alone the extra expense of getting Christmas presents for one another. But each is determined to show their love for the other in this traditional time of giving; each sells a thing they hold most dear in order to afford a present, with poignant and touching results that capture their love for one another.

Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9781453263617
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Release: 2012-07-24
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times Notable Book: In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future. “A stunner.” —Flea, musician and actor, TheWall Street Journal Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others. When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

Mendocino and Other Stories

Mendocino and Other Stories
Author: Ann Packer
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307488152
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Release: 2008-11-26
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With humor, wisdom and tenderness, Ann Packer offers ten short stories about women and men--wives and husbands, sisters and brothers, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, friends, and lovers--who discover that life's greatest surprises may be found in that which is most familiar. In the title story, on the anniversary of their father's suicide a young woman discovers that her brother may have found a "reason for living" in the love of a good woman. In "Nerves," a young man realizes that the wife he is separated from no longer loves him but that it is his own life he misses, not her. The narrator of "My Mother's Yellow Dress" is a gay man remembering his deceased mother and their vital and troubling intimacy. In "Babies"--which was included in the prestigious O. Henry anthology series --a single woman in her mid-thirties finds that everyone, including her best friend at work, is pregnant, and that their joy can only be observed, not shared. In these and six other stories, Ann Packer exhibits an unerring eye for the small ways in which people reveal themselves and for the moments in which lives may be transformed.

Are We There Yet

Are We There Yet
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307481573
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Release: 2008-12-24
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Take a trip to Italy in this “introspective, moving, and honest” (Publishers Weekly) novel by bestselling author David Levithan (Every Day; Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) in which fledgling family bonds are threatened by new love. Sixteen-year-old Elijah is completely mellow and his 23-year-old brother Danny is completely not, so it's no wonder they can barely tolerate one another. So what better way to repair their broken relationship than to trick them into taking a trip to Italy together? Soon, though, their parents' perfect solution has become Danny and Elijah's nightmare as they're forced to spend countless hours together. But then Elijah meets Julia, and soon the brothers aren't together nearly as much. And when Julia suddenly decides that maybe it's Danny she's really interested in, Danny has a decision to make: does he honor his relationship with the brother he thinks hates him, or does he follow his heart, which sorely needs some repairing of its own?Elijah and Danny don’t think they have anything in common except their parents. Danny thinks Elijah is a lazy, slacking, clueless dreamer who doesn’t know how to make a living. Elijah thinks Danny is a workaholic, stuck-up, soulless drone who doesn’t know how to make a life. Yes, they’re brothers. Then their parents trick them into taking a trip to Italy together. Nine days of escape. Nine days of somewhere else. Elijah and Danny aren’t sure it’s going to work. Until they each meet a girl—the same girl. Julia. And nothing will ever be the same again. AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Cinderella and Other Stories from The Blue Fairy Book

Cinderella and Other Stories from  The Blue Fairy Book
Author: Andrew Lang
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780486158235
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Release: 2012-04-30
Editor: Courier Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Six tales — "Cinderella," "The Bronze Ring," "Felicia and the Pot of Pinks," "The White Cat," "The Story of Pretty Goldilocks," and "Snow-white and Rose-red"—will delight young and old. 23 illustrations.