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Almost No Memory
Lydia Davis
Selected Poems
Philippe Jaccottet
The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht
Charles Dickens (Penguin Lives)
Jane Smiley
The Mansion of Happiness
Robin Ekiss
Erik Satie
Tenth of December - George Saunders George Saunders is the kind of contemporary writer that reminds you how crappy too many other contemporary writers are. These were marvelous stories - the diction is spot-on, the humor is buoyant and the humanity is consoling. I will admit I preferred [b:Pastoralia|14295|Pastoralia|George Saunders|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348067120s/14295.jpg|4225], but I recommend this collection just as much.
My favorite of these was "Escape from Spiderhead," followed by "Tenth of December." The weakest one for me was also the shortest - "Sticks."