July 2020 favorites

July 2020

The July stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

    1. ‘Wenlock Edge’ by Alice Munro
    2. ‘The Green Banana’ by J.F. Powers
    3. ‘Corrie’ by Alice Munro
    4. ‘Family Furnishings’ by Alice Munro
    5. ‘A Bird In The House’ by Margaret Laurence
    6. ‘The Mask Of The Bear’ by Margaret Laurence
    7. ‘To Set Our House In Order’ by Margaret Laurence
    8. ‘Mademoiselle Pearl’ by Guy de Maupassant
    9. ‘Gravel’ by Alice Munro
    10. ‘Father Abe’ by James McBride
    11. ‘The Loons’ by Margaret Laurence
    12. ‘A Priest In The Family’ by Colm Tóibín
    13. ‘Robert E. Lee Is Dead’ by Danielle Evans
    14. ‘Brownies’ by ZZ Packer
    15. ‘Some Get Back’ by Robert J. Williams
    16. ‘The Sound Of The Singing’ by Margaret Laurence
    17. ‘Cattle Haul’ by Jesmyn Ward
    18. ‘Visitor’ by Bryan Washington
    19. ‘The Creature’ by Edna O’Brien
    20. ‘Funny Little Snake’ by Tessa Hadley
    21. ‘Connection’ by Mary Gaitskill
    22. ‘Trying To Be’ by Mary Gaitskill
    23. ‘At The Seminary’ by Joyce Carol Oates
    24. ‘An Affair, Edited’ by Mary Gaitskill
    25. ‘The Rise Of Capitalism’ by Donald Barthelme
    26. ‘Exteriors’ by Kathleen Collins
    27. ‘Prue’ by Alice Munro

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February 2020 favorites

February 2020

The February stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Lunch At The Loyola Arms’ by Stuart Dybek
  2. ‘The Most Girl Part Of You’ by Amy Hempel
  3. ‘The Proxy Marriage’ by Maile Meloy
  4. ‘Snow’ by Ann Beattie
  5. ‘The Metal Bowl’ by Miranda July
  6. ‘A Talking Cure’ by Justin Taylor
  7. ‘Turgor’ by Mary Gaitskill
  8. ‘The Sock’ by Lydia Davis
  9. ‘The Tree Of Knowledge’ by Henry James
  10. ‘Life After High School’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  11. ‘My Sister’s Marriage’ by Cynthia Marshall Rich
  12. ‘Reading Lessons’ by Edwidge Danticat
  13. ‘Northeast Regional’ by Emma Cline
  14. ‘Show Don’t Tell’ by Curtis Sittenfeld
  15. ‘The Hanging Of The Schoolmarm’ by Robert Coover

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January 2020 favorites

January 2020

The January stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘A Jonquil For Mary Penn’ by Wendell Berry
  2. ‘A Half-Pint Of Old Darling’ by Wendell Berry
  3. ‘Greenleaf’ by Flannery O’Connor
  4. ‘The Woman Who Came At Six O’Clock’ by Gabriel García Márquez
  5. ‘One Of These Days’ by Gabriel García Márquez
  6. ‘Dismemberment’ by Wendell Berry
  7. ‘Eyes Of A Blue Dog’ by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. ‘A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings’ by Gabriel García Márquez
  9. ‘Goodbye, Pops’ by Joe Gores
  10. ‘Mother’ by Grace Paley
  11. ‘Making It Home’ by Wendell Berry
  12. ‘The Fishing-Boat Picture’ by Alan Sillitoe
  13. ‘Fly Away, Breath’ by Wendell Berry
  14. ‘Quiet Please’ by Aimee Bender
  15. ‘Nairobi’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  16. ‘The Last Voyage Of The Ghost Ship’ by Gabriel García Márquez
  17. ‘The Hit Man’ by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  18. ‘Heart Attack’ by Max Apple

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October 2019 favorites

October 2019

The October stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Death Of Halpin Frayser’ by Ambrose Bierce
  2. ‘Rip Van Winkle’ by Washington Irving
  3. ‘Heat’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  4. ‘On The Hill’ by Elizabeth Spencer
  5. ‘In The Region Of Ice’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  6. ‘Ghost Girls’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  7. ‘The Heroine’ by Patricia Highsmith
  8. ‘High Lonesome’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  9. ‘The Nine Billion Names Of God’ by Arthur C. Clarke
  10. ‘The Swimmers’ by Joyce Carol Oates
  11. ‘The Tragedy At Marsdon Manor’ by Agatha Christie
  12. ‘Three Is A Lucky Number’ by Margery Allingham
  13. ‘La Moretta’ by Maggie Shipstead
  14. ‘The Doll’s Ghost’ by F. Marion Crawford
  15. ‘Afterward’ by Edith Wharton
  16. ‘The Leather Funnel’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

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