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Something I Want You To Do

Baxter's delightful stories will make readers hungry for more. Fortunately, there are more out there, and, one hopes, more to come. [See Prepub Alert, 8/22/14.]

White Tiger on Snow Mountain

With the exception of a few embedded narratives (including a remarkable series of text messages in the title story), these stories are all written in the first person, a strategy that has both benefits and drawbacks. The benefit is that the voice becomes familiar and reliable, providing continuity from story to story. The drawback is that the individual pieces sometimes feel less distinct, blurring the effect of the collection as a whole. With this slight caveat, the book can be recommended as an impressive collection that will expand this writer's audience and please those already familiar with his many gifts.

The Tao of Humiliation

These well-imagined stories bear the mark of the poet in the best sense, and the reader will not soon forget them. They proceed by indirection, with elements that cohere only after the fact and open up further surprises upon rereading.

New York 1, Tel Aviv O

An engaging first story collection from a promising young author who deserves a wide readership.

The Emerald Light inthe Air

Master storyteller Antrim has an original voice and an acute sensitivity to the spectrum of human emotion. These are stories this reviewer won't soon forget. [See Prepub Alert, 3/31/14.]

The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art

Recommended for crime readers and lovers of illustration and political cartoons.

Elegy on Kinderklavier

In this impressive debut story collection, Hemenway shows a depth of emotion and intensity that carries the reader from start to finish. These haunting stories deserve a wide audience.

Funny Once: Stories

Nelson is one of the leading practitioners of the contemporary short story, and her new collection will be welcomed.

High Crime Area:Tales of Darkness and Dread

These stories take the reader to desolate intersections and grimy tenements that mirror the dark reaches of the human soul; the combined elements of literary fiction with genre fiction and true crime offer added audience appeal. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/13.]

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