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The Last Book I Loved: Short Story Collections

For Short Story Month, we asked our readers: What was the last short story collection that you couldn't put down, that kept you up all night, that you couldn't stop recommending? We were delightfully surprised by the number of replies we received. Here are some of our favorites. If you'd like to submit your own book recommendations, click here for instructions.

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The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin

Recommended by: Alice L. from San Diego, California
Favorite short story author of all time: Alice Munro — not terribly original, but there won't be much argument, except perhaps from Bret Easton Ellis, and who listens to him?
Favorite short story of all time: There are two — both Alice Munro. I can't choose between them: "Meneseteung" from Friend of My Youth and "The Albanian Virgin" from Open Secrets.

I recently read a 1981 collection by Laurie Colwin, The Lone Pilgrim. Colwin's work has become a secret garden for short story enthusiasts, increasingly obscured from view due to her untimely death in 1992 at the age of 48. I've heard her ...


The Last Book I Loved: Dies the Fire, 11/22/63, and Reamde

We asked our readers: What was the last book that you couldn't put down, that kept you up all night, that you couldn't stop recommending? We were delightfully surprised by the number of replies we received. Here are some of our favorites. We'll be posting more on a regular basis, so check back often. And if you'd like to submit your own recommendations, click here for instructions.

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Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling

Recommended by: Linda L. from Olympia, Washington
Favorite author of all time: S. M. Stirling
Favorite type of book: I can't pick just one type! Sexy detective stories (Robert Crais, James Lee Burke, J. D. Robb); intelligent yet engaging sci-fi (Frank Herbert's Dune); sweet and clever nature writing, flowing like Tupelo honey (anything by Gary Paulsen).

I heard S. M. Stirling's Dies the Fire reviewed on National Public Radio and felt compelled to buy it and buy it fast. Set in the great Northwest, it's a tale of struggling woe and redemption following a bright flash in the sky that kills ...


The Last Book I Loved: Jitterbug Perfume, The Goldfinch, and The Warmth of Other Suns

We asked our readers: What was the last book that you couldn't put down, that kept you up all night, that you couldn't stop recommending? We were delightfully surprised by the number of replies we received. Here are some of our favorites. We'll be posting more on a regular basis, so check back often. And if you'd like to submit your own recommendations, click here for instructions.

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Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Recommended by: Keith Knuuti from Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite author of all time: Depending on when you ask me, I have a number of different favorite authors. But right now my answer would be William Faulkner.
Favorite type of book: Genre fiction (science fiction, crime novels, etc.)

After avoiding the novel for a decade, one day I saw a used paperback copy of Jitterbug Perfume on the free shelf at the library and decided to give it a shot. I was hooked almost instantly. Robbins had created a world that I immersed myself in completely: the imaginary history of medieval Bohemia, the vital role of beets, ...


The Last Book I Loved: Words of Radiance, Wildwood, and More

We asked our readers: What was the last book that you couldn't put down, that kept you up all night, that you couldn't stop recommending? We were delightfully surprised by the number of replies we received. Here are some of our favorites. We'll be posting more on a regular basis, so check back often. And if you'd like to submit your own recommendations, click here for instructions.

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Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Recommended by: Lia M. from Santa Cruz, California
Favorite type of book: Mysteries

I love and write mysteries, but I can't resist telling you about the epic fantasy novel Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I find that I just can't stop thinking about and recommending it.

As much as I adore crime novels, I often need the change of pace and stretch of imagination that comes from reading science fiction. That's why, in addition to the excellent mysteries I've read lately from terrific writers like Tana French, Matt Haig, and Adrian McKinty, many of my favorite books this year were from outside my own ...


The Last Book I Loved: Call for Submissions

We want to know: What was the last book that you couldn't put down, that kept you up all night, that you couldn't stop recommending? Send the following in an email to newsletter@powells.com, and we may feature your recommendation in an upcoming blog post or newsletter.

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