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October Reads Selections – Spooky

Test by Theodore L. Thomas (1962)
Ruthless by William de Mille (1945)
Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl (1953)
Premium Harmony by Stephen King (2009)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce (1890)
Optional Read: The Doll by Daphne du Maurier (1937)

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September Reads Selections 

The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov

Snow by Julia Alvarez

The School by Donald Barthelme

The Answer is No by Naguib Mahfuz

Dead Man’s Path by Chinua Achebe

August Reads Selections

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara

Lob’s Girl by Joan Aiken

The Summer of my 17th Year by H.O. Santos


A Favorable Favor by Brendan Dubois

The Disappearance of Daniel Question by Barrie Roberts

Artistic License by Edward Marston

Possibilities by Bill Pronzi


A Father & His Sons by Aesop (1484)

The Father by Guy de Maupassant (1880s) – de Maupassant is considered the father of the short story.

The Prodigal Father by Jack London (1912)

The Semplica-Girl Diaries by George Saunders (2012)


“My Dear You” by Rachel Khong (Tin House, May 2017)

“A Flawless Silence” by Yiyun Li (The New Yorker, April 2018)

 “Sweetheart Sorrow” by David Hoon Kim (The New Yorker, June 2007)

Oral History Selection: June Tiang


Hanan al-Shaykh’s “God, It’s as Though You’re Sewing a Dress For a Flea,” tr. Randa Jarrar (Lebanon)

Basma al-Nsour’s “Disappointments (and a Few Clarifications),”tr. Andrew Leber (Jordan) 

 “The Abandoned Village” by Hassan Blasim, translated by Jonathan Wright

 “Rhythmic Exercise” by Mohamed Makhzangi, translated by Yasmeen Hanoosh

Optional Reads:

Ruminations: Warm Memories of Government Cheese by Tracey Lynn Lloyd

 13 Haikus for Anyone Who’s Ever Eaten a Grilled Cheese by Andrew Peña


Weaving (Poem) by Lucy Larcom (c. 1862)

The Giant Wistaria by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1891)

Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston (1926)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin (1973)

The White Umbrella by Gish Jen (2019


Eve’s Diary and Extracts from Adam’s Diary. (1906)by Mark Twain

Little Miss Sophie by Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1895)

Sticks by George Saunders (1995)


Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville (1856)

A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell (1917)

Thank you, Ma’am by Langston Hughes (1958)

Previous Discussions – 2020


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
you can access a digital copy or visit the Ground Floor Checkout Desk to pick up a copy after November 15th


Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen by O.Henry 

 Three Thanksgiving Kisses by Edward Payson Roe 

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln 

In the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln formally established Thanksgiving as America’s holiday to recognize the bounties of “fruitful fields and healthful skies” and to help heal the wounds of the nation.


Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Symbols and Signs by Vladimir Nabokov


Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Cathedral by Raymond Carver –


The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


The Story of B24 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
access at–_the_story_of_b_24.pdf