Top Five Short Story & Essay Collections

Fits and starts. That seems to be what Spring is about. Spring is like a perhaps hand  – or so says e e cummings – and we’re suddenly volleying between sunshine and storms, watching those new blossoms take a season-shift’s thrashing.

So what’s a good reader to do? Winter’s the time for long novels, Dostoevsky by the fire; Summer’s the time for love poems. And Spring? I do believe it’s custom-made for short stories and essay collections. You can quote me on that, e e. Spring is like a perfect time for short story and essay collections.

Here are my top 5:

Top Five Short Story & Essay Collections

1. No One Belongs Here More than You by Miranda July

2. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton

3. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

4. Sum: Forty Tales of the Afterlives by David Eagleman

5. The Fran Lebowitz Reader by Fran Lebowitz

Got anymore to throw at Spring’s finkle fingers? Post ’em in the comments and share the short-form joy. Happy April, all!


  1. Nancy Weber says

    David Sedaris “Me Talk Pretty One Day”