Selected Shorts: New American Stories
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Selected Shorts: New American Stories

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A diverse selection of stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and then found, this audio CD from the acclaimed Selected Shorts series features works from four of today’s most talented authors: Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aleksandar Hemon, and Jhumpa Lahiri. A robbery and its dramatic consequences lead a Spokane Indian to rethink his entire life...more
Audio CD, 2 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Symphony Space
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I listened to this book while walking. Stunning stories, especially the one by Jhumpa Lahiri.
"Selected Shorts: New American Stories" is a collection of four short stories by prolific (and non-WASP) modern writers, thus the "new" in the "New American Stories" probably. One could argue that there isn't anything "new" about these stories, only the fact that they're getting recognized, but maybe I'm being unfair to the editors there.

Anyway, in my opinion, three of these stories are fantastic. My least favorite, unfortunately, was the one by Aleksandar Hemon. It just didn't hit with the same...more
A collected series of short stories from the NPR radio show, in which actors read the work of talented authors.

Synopses cribbed from Amazon: A robbery and its dramatic consequences lead a Spokane Indian to rethink his entire life in Alexie’s "Breaking and Entering," dynamically performed by B. D. Wong. A young Nigerian woman tackles adventure by taking a Greyhound bus to the end of the line and starting a new life in Hartford in Adichie’s longing-filled story "The Thing Around Your Neck," perfo...more
Mo Hurley
I am really disappointed with this collection, especially Aleksandar Hemon's story. He set out to expose harmful ethnic stereotypes, but his story is grounded in a blatantly inaccurate religious stereotype. I have also heard better from both Jhumpa Lahiri and Chimamanda Ngozi.
Four short stories by authors I had never read before: Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri and Alekxandar Hemon. All of these stories were moving, and all interesting and well written. The story by Alexie "Breaking and Entering" (with some similarities to the Trayvon Martin case that it gave me pause... The actors reading the stories did an outstanding job, as they made the stories come alive.
Great readings. Love getting exposed to some authors I did not know--Jhumpa Lahiri and Aleksander Hemon.
Natalie Moreland
Sherman Alexie's Breaking and Entering was especially haunting with the current events in Ferguson
Robert Swan
Lahiri's story floored me.
I loved "Breaking and Entering" and "Hell-Heaven." I'm glad I went outside of my comfort zone I listened to this collection of authors I normally wouldn't have been interested in. I definitely should check out more short stories by Alexie and Lahiri.
I enjoyed this book. Each story wows interesting and enlightening
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Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October 1966. A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane, WA. Alexie has published 18 books to date.
Alexie is an award-winning and prolific author and occasional comedian. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a modern Native American. Sherman's best known works in...more
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