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Great American Stories Book 1 Great American Stories, Book 1: An ESL/EFL Reader, Second Edition. (Level 3) Great American Stories 1 ESL-EFL - p - Free download as PDF File It is from the book The Four Million, stories about the everyday people of New. Description. Low-Intermediate - Intermediate Level. Both graded and progressive , Great American Stories Book 1 and Book 2 are filled with adaptations of.

What else? One can accommodate an epic sweep of a story and cover decades with an extensive cast of characters. Naturally, that dramatically restricts your number of characters, scenes, and even plot points. Combine characters where you can. Eliminate scenes that merely get your characters from one place to another.

Lena marked it as to-read Feb 18, Susana Letizia marked it as to-read Jun 13, Khoi Pham added it Feb 29, Brian added it Sep 09, Agus Chandra marked it as to-read Feb 13, Afi marked it as to-read Mar 18, Jose Velveder marked it as to-read Apr 30, Risnandy Muslihudin marked it as to-read May 07, Sonia marked it as to-read Jul 03, Gaby Enriquez marked it as to-read Aug 16, Chloe marked it as to-read Sep 17, Hannah marked it as to-read Oct 16, Ayu Syafira marked it as to-read Oct 16, Sf marked it as to-read Oct 31, Thida Aung marked it as to-read Jan 17, Sam Herrera marked it as to-read Feb 26, Maelena Ceballos marked it as to-read Feb 27, Francisco Rosado marked it as to-read Apr 21, Allie Ivans marked it as to-read Apr 22, Valeriya marked it as to-read Jul 16, Annie Ngo marked it as to-read Aug 07, Ellen Cristiane marked it as to-read Aug 21, Andrea LH marked it as to-read Oct 08, Jonatan Molina added it Oct 30, A superbly told story of the extremes of girlhood and adolescence; the pressures girls face as they get older.

Fated love, to me, no matter how hard my heart becomes, still seems ridiculously romantic. Han Kang can do no wrong in my eyes.

I loved everything about this story. Also, the writing style reminded me of Samantha Hunt. This story was almost too gritty for me. His short story collection has a blurb from Joyce Carol Oates. Want more short stories? The inclusion of Helen's thoughts at the end seemed unnecessary, and only put in place to make the story less "crushing. Dimwitted cowman caught up with inept criminals.

But the beginning was abrupt and the middle seemed contrived. Is that the right word? The perspective was a bit hard to nail down at first, old gay French man and the dog his lover got him. Some tense moments. So, what happens next for them?

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Very interesting to get the two different perspectives of what one can get out of life at the end of the story. Same concept, but deeper emotional impact here. Excellent weight of gravity at the end of the story. Quite a woman the mother was, an unsung hero contrasted with the father. I don't think he was selfish, but driven, and she knew there was little she could do to make him stay. It turned out a hell of a lot better in the end for Theo than it could have, but he didn't learn any valuable lesson even though he had a cathartic experience.

Voice" by Jess Walter -- "with my father. Family are the people who love and support you. Not as much diversity this year, it seems, but we got an interesting array from the middle of the country. Here are the notes I took while reading: Pitlor mentions GoodReads, but in the context of pointing out how many readers demand unfortunately "likable" characters.

Wish she found more reviews like mine. TC Boyle seems refreshingly optimistic about the present--or maybe just his skill as a curator. He claims the stories here have more depth than a couple he picke years of this anthology! He claims the stories here have more depth than a couple he picked out of the premiere edition of this anthology. Promising start! My favorite stories: POV of young woman in her orbit says a lot about the power plays and jealousies at work in these relationships.

I know the author was writing about medieval Mystics, but I read it more as lurid hallucinations due to physical and emotional abuse. Th scenes with the protagonist alone, wallowing in self-pity, also set the stage and urged me to consider the inner lives of pro-wrestlers. All-Story The narrative is sweeping, encompassing a lot of themes.

I'm a sucker for stories that consider dwindling Jewish communities, and I'm also tickled that McCann wrote something around a complicated Hebrew word. Could be bias because I read her full book of short fiction. But the characters, situation, background are real and complex and draw me in the most.

She does a good job giving depth and history to her main couple, too. Humanizing that violence is what is difficult.

A couple of honorable mentions: How could I not include this one? Probably projecting some of what I want for me and Grace, though with less weather and crime-related drama. Still, these two women are independent and self-assured in different ways, and have a strong, distinct bond.

Voice," Jess Walter: Both of these authors did a great job taking on the voice of a narrator of a different gender--a middle-aged man and a teenager-to-middle-aged woman, respectively.

The stories were a little stereotypical--midlife crisis and a woman reflecting being abandoned by her free-spirited mother. This came to pass here, as well, with "Moving On" by Diane Cook. Dec 20, South Buncombe Library added it. The trouble with compilations like this is that you don't get the full experience of a short story collection. The voices are all so different, and while it's nice to see what someone thinks of as the year's best, it's a bit disjointed and the flow is off.

I suppose it's like the difference between listening to an entire album versus making a mixed cd of songs. Both have their merits, but I don't recommend starting with a Best collection if you're trying to get good at reading short sto 3 stars. Both have their merits, but I don't recommend starting with a Best collection if you're trying to get good at reading short stories.

Feb 10, Beth Streit rated it really liked it. I always enjoy this series of short stories.

I like short stories very much and this series is never disappointing. Nov 30, Gila Gila rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read and wrote notes here on 's Best American Stories rather lazily a few months ago; having just reread many of the stories, the astonishing strength of this collection hit me even harder than the first time round.

Even thumbing through the titles brought a wash of strong emotion: Voice'; Diane Cook's terrifying sci-fi dip into a Handmaid's Tale rendition of a women's shelter in 'Moving on', Victor Lodato's hard walk through a Florida wasteland of personal failure in "Jack, July", the bemused sorrow of an ad man's end of the road in Denis Johnson's 'The Largesse of the Sea Maiden' and the thrill of the vivid island and inhabitants of Megan Mayhew Bergman's 'The Siege at Whale Cay'.

I could add a fan's note of appreciation to almost every story out of the 20 so perfectly culled by TC Boyle. Happily, the th volume in this series is easily the best in many years. Feb 08, Billy rated it liked it Shelves: This was my first collection of short stories from this publication and I really enjoyed it: All of the writing was superb. Each story very well-crafted.

I'd suggest this and others from The Best American publication to anybody. Oct 08, Michael rated it liked it.

The former, concerning a traumatic brain injury, hit close to home; the latter, about a man's love for his dying dog, couldn't be further from home but generated an unexpected gut punch.

Other notable picks: May 16, Jessica rated it really liked it. Good stories, but the voices of White middle aged men really predominated. Good writing, so these characters were interesting and on various journeys, but it's hard to argue that the voices, experiences, or feelings of middle aged White men are underrepresented in modern American culture, and for a "best of" anthology it could certainly have been more wide ranging.

Jan 12, Patty rated it it was amazing. Basically, all of the stories in here are pretty darn good. Only one story underwhelmed me, but I wouldn't even say that one wasn't good. I discovered some new writers to check out, and got to sample a few I had been meaning to read. Two of the stories in here really blew me away, the Denis Johnson story and the Maile Meloy story.

Jan 09, Sian Griffiths rated it really liked it Shelves: Solid collection this year. Jul 23, Jeff rated it liked it. As with most collections such as this, one finds a wide variety of stories of different value and merit. In " The Siege at Whale Cay " we come across an original story line.

Georgie is the girlfriend of Joe. Joe runs this small Caribbean island as a retreat for women like her and Georgie. Others are there too but this its primary purpose. It is World War Two and Georgie is infatuated, jealous, and angry at Joe's various attentions and in attentions.

Things get complicated when Marlena Dietrich c As with most collections such as this, one finds a wide variety of stories of different value and merit. Things get complicated when Marlena Dietrich comes to visit and Georgie's jealousy knows no bounds In Justin Bigos's Fingerprints there is a good story lurking.

Told however in a series of vignettes about experiences with his Father and stepfather it struggles to come together cohesively. Kevin Canty offers up " Happy Endings " about a 59 year old man who has always tried to do the right thing. With his well drilling business drying up, his wife having died young, and his children with their own lives he, on a whim, visits a massage parlor and both enjoys a happy ending and contemplates one.

Diane Cook offers " Moving On " which focuses on a society where women must be paired with a man. Well not just women, men for the most part must be too. When this woman's husband dies she is taken to a home to restart her life and wait to be claimed by a new man.

She will be expected to lose her memories of the past and begging again, all but reprogrammed. Julia Elliot's " Bride " tells of Wilda a middle aged nun who has an obsession with Jesus. Which maybe Nuns should have but hers is extreme, she whips herself often to make herself clean for Jesus arrival. She also, however, resents the older nuns who look down on her. When a plague of sorts moves through the convent her and a young apprentice nun raid the stores of the dead Mother Superior.

Greed would seem to have been a vice of the late Mother. After feasting on sugary treats, wine, and bad thoughts about her fellow nun she whips herself into a state that brings the Lord himself into her presence. The Big Cat by Louise Erdich is about a man victimized by snoring.

Not his own, his wife Elida. This is a critical factor in their divorce. Meeting each week over the next few years to discuss their growing daughter Valery they develop,a relationship again.

He has remarried but while she is richer, younger, and certainly does not snore he misses his first wife. The inevitable happens and now he is happily back on the couch, sleeping alone, listening to the chainsaw in the master bedroom. An interesting story is Ben Fowlkes " You'll apologize if you have to ".

We meet a fighter who is just about at the end of his road. He loses a fight, his manager is only too willing to explain to him how he could have performed differently. He flies home and spends a few days in solitude recovering. His body is sore, his face is bruised. Living in a condo on the beach he goes for a walk on the beach.

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The beach is all but deserted and he ponders the waves while smoking a joint. He is confronted by a man who is very aggressive, berating him for smoking on the beach, claiming the smoke drifts into his condo and bothers both him and his children. Our fighter tries to walk away but the man gets worse and worse. Eventually he ends up on his ass, not hit but pushed by the fighter who walks away.

Later he visits the gym where he realizes his fighting days are over. He visits his ex wife and daughter. Realizing he cannot afford trouble he goes home and makes his way across the dunes to the apartment the man said he lived at. When he rings the bell an old woman appears and he learns that his antagonist was not quite who he said he was. The Fugue tells the story of Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey is a soldier returned from the Middle East struggling with readjustment.

We see both him struggling in the now and revisit his past war experiences including some of the events that have messed him up so bad. A section of the story that talks about a fake village with real Iraqi citizens used to prepare for an assault against a real village with more real Iraqi's has a down the rabbit hole sense of reality that is most effective.

All Denis Johnson is wonderful. M and L is the story of Miriam and Liam, two long time friends. They are both Ina wedding for Beth. At the party a man shows up. Everyone is concerned how Beth will react. It is Caleb, a man who in high school had assaulted her. He had been in prison. She was conflicted cover her feelings for him. Liam is not conflicted.

He loves Miriam and always has. They walk out of the reception into the field to try to blot out the pain.

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Victor Lodato wrote Jack, July. I had read this before. Simply put one of the better stories to take you into the heart of full blown addiction.

Thomas Mcguane wrote Motherlode. When you have an opportunity to step away from illegal activity sometimes you should take it.

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