These are short-short tales, most only 3-to-4 pages, the right length to read between metro stops. Each is a bracingly original shot of absurdity, pathos, black humor, and soul. (Bonus: It's great on audio, too. The all-star narrators include Ira Glass, Dave Eggers, Nicole Krauss, George Saunders, Michael Chabon, Nathan Englander, and Gary Shteyngart.)
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By Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (Translated by), Miriam Shlesinger (Translated by), Sondra Silverston (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374533335
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: FSG Originals - March 27th, 2012

Lives of Girls and Women is pure, vintage Alice Munro. This is one of her earliest books and the only one with the same narrator for every story (hence that tricky “novel” description), which—if you've never read Munro, or if you're wary of short stories—makes this an excellent introduction to one of the greatest living masters.
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ISBN: 9780375707490
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

Ellray Jakes is back! He’s still the smallest kid in Ms. Sanchez’s third-grade class, but this time he’s also Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer (Viking, $5.99 pb/$14.99 hb). The series’ latest installment returns to familiar themes of bullying, but unlike in the previous books, Ellray isn’t the target here. His little sister Alfie is getting picked on instead. What’s a big brother like Ellray to do? As always, Sally Warner nails classroom culture and playground politics. Ellray is a funny, honest, totally relatable guide to elementary school. We’re lucky to have him as a narrator. Both parents and children will find him incredibly fun to root for. Ages 7-10. EMS

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By Sally Warner, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670784974
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2013