February 2017 favorites

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February 2017

The February stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘We Didn’t’ by Stuart Dybek
  2. ‘Separating’ by John Updike
  3. ‘A Retrieved Reformation’ by O. Henry
  4. ‘Postcard’ by Alice Munro
  5. ‘Aurora’ by Junot Diaz
  6. ‘Ligeia’ by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. ‘The Altar Of The Dead’ by Henry James
  8. ‘An Ounce Of Cure’ by Alice Munro
  9. ‘The Furnished Room’ by O. Henry
  10. ‘Transients In Arcadia’ by O. Henry
  11. ‘On The Gull’s Road’ by Willa Cather
  12. ‘The Skylight Room’ by O. Henry
  13. ‘How’ by Roxane Gay
  14. ‘Teller’s Ticket’ by Robert Flanagan
  15. ‘It Was Romance’ by Miranda July
  16. ‘The Romance Of A Busy Broker’ by O. Henry

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‘Separating’ by John Updike

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‘In Football Season’ by John Updike

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December 2016 favorites

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December 2016

The December stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Final Problem’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. ‘A Worn Path’ by Eudora Welty
  3. ‘Domestic Life In America’ by John Updike
  4. ‘O Tannenbaum’ by Maile Meloy
  5. ‘Ben’ by Kay Boyle
  6. ‘The Poor Relation’s Story’ by Charles Dickens
  7. ‘The Christmas Masquerade’ by Mary Wilkins Freeman
  8. ‘The Centerpiece’ by Peter Matthiessen
  9. ‘Merry Christmas’ by Stephen Leacock
  10. ‘Bertie’s Christmas Eve’ by Saki
  11. ‘Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desire’ by Michael Tournier
  12. ‘The Christmas Story’ by Vladimir Nabokov
  13. ‘Christmas; Or, The Good Fairy’ by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  14. ‘Grandmother’s Christmas Story’ by Faith Wynne
  15. ‘The World In A Bowl Of Soup: A Christmas Story” by Annie Dillard

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‘Domestic Life In America’ by John Updike

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September 2016 favorites

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September 2016

The September stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Cowboy’ by Thomas McGuane
  2. ‘Commercial’ by John Updike
  3. ‘Ice’ by Thomas McGuane
  4. ‘The Full Glass’ by John Updike
  5. ‘When Everyone Was Pregnant’ by John Updike
  6. ‘Minutes Of The Last Meeting’ by John Updike
  7. ‘All Summer In A Day’ by Ray Bradbury
  8. ‘Delivering’ by Andre Dubus
  9. ‘The Fire Balloons’ by Ray Bradbury
  10. ‘The Off Season’ by Ray Bradbury
  11. ‘The Postmaster’ by Rabindranath Tagore
  12. ‘The Mechanic’ by Lena Dunham
  13. ‘Vicious Circle’ by Thomas McGuane
  14. ‘Problems’ by John Updike
  15. ‘Gender Studies’ by Curtis Sittenfeld
  16. ‘Fauntleroy’s Ghost’ by Vinnie Wilhelm
  17. ‘The Drummer Boy Of Shiloh’ by Ray Bradbury
  18. ‘Gallatin Canyon’ by Thomas McGuane
  19. ‘Old Friends’ by Thomas McGuane
  20. ‘The Fight Of The Good Ship Clarissa’ by Ray Bradbury