The Best American Short Stories 2001

The Best American Short Stories 2001

Barbara Kingsolver Katrina Kenison / Dec 06, 2019

The Best American Short Stories This year s Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best selling author Barbara Kingsolver whose latest book is Prodigal Summer Kingsolver s selections for The Best Amer

  • Title: The Best American Short Stories 2001
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver Katrina Kenison
  • ISBN: 9780395926888
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • This year s Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best selling author Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest book is Prodigal Summer Kingsolver s selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike Reading these stories was both a dThis year s Best American Short Stories is edited by the critically acclaimed and best selling author Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest book is Prodigal Summer Kingsolver s selections for The Best American Short Stories 2001 showcase a wide variety of new voices and masters, such as Alice Munro, Rick Moody, Dorothy West, and John Updike Reading these stories was both a distraction from and an anchor to the complexities of my life my pleasure, my companionship, my salvation I hope they will be yours Barbara Kingsolver

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        Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non fiction account of her family s attempts to eat locally.Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the UK s Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal She has been nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support literature of social change Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of them get to play Blue Moon in a hotel lobby She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.Kingsolver began her full time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann their daughter Camille was born in 1987 She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America s military involvement After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996 In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled How to be Hopeful.In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, I never wanted to be famous, and still don t, the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, as a defence to protect my family from misinformation abhors a vacuum If you don t define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways.


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    1. I kept this book in the car for the last year. I'd read it at stop lights or when waiting to pick up carryout or any place/time I had the opportunity. Quality collection. Some of my favorites (w/ links to the ones I could find online so you can read'em yourself):- "Servants of the Map" by Andrea Barrett- "After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town" by Ha Jin- "Boys" by Rick Moody- "The Raft" by Peter Orner- "The Secrets of Bats" by Jess Row- "Nobody Listens When I Talk" by Annette Sanford- "The Apple Tre [...]


    2. I was delighted to see a shelf of these at the library and zeroed in on the Kingsolver edition. Short stories feel so new to me that the idea of seeing how people of literary merit judge them is incredibly appealing. The author section in the back that tells the inspiration for the story is also great.I'm embarrassed to be rating this one star. I feel like I must be the problem here, not the stories chosen. And I don't know if perhaps I don't like the style of stories these were culled from or K [...]


    3. Like most lovers of literature, I have some discomfort with the title of this series. Literature and rankings seem rather incompatible, after all.But whether the stories in Best American Short Stories are indeed the best of that year is of no great consequence. They are certainly very good. I have, over the years, grabbed three different editions from this series (1988, 1991, and 2001) at used bookstores, and I must say, I enjoy them immensely. I would highly recommend to everyone to track down [...]


    4. Maybe I finished all these stories a year or two before, but I re-read several over the last few days. Some of the stories in this collection are on my all-time favorites list, if I were going to edit a volume called The Best of The Best American Short Stories. "The Secrets of Bats" by Jess Row, "Labors of the Heart" by Claire Davis. Then there are others that are favorites in this book: "Nobody Listens When I Talk" by Annette Sanford, "The Apple Tree" by Trevanian -- which is a hysterically fun [...]


    5. This was an exceptionally good volume of short stories. (This series if published annually.) Highlights included "Boys" by Rick Moody"Nobody Listens When I Talk" by Annette Stanford"The Apple Tree" by Trevanian"My Baby" by Dorothy WestHere is a wonderfully mischievous quote from "The Apple Tree":"Short first pregnancies do not occasion criticism in our valley, for it is widely known that the good Lord often makes first pregnancies mercifully brief as His reward to the girl for having preserved h [...]


    6. I liked Boys by Rick Moody, The raft by Peter Orner, Nobody listens when I talk by Annette Sanford, The Apple Tree by Trevanian, My Baby by Dorothy West but most of all: My Mother's Garden by Katherine Shonk.What I didn't like were mostly the long ones (They were super dragging for me):Servants of the MapPost and Beam andBetty Hutton (I did not really understand the story because I think this was the longest and I read it in separate days because I was busy, In the last pages of this story, I LI [...]



    7. Reading this excellent collection of short stories edited by Barbara Kingsolver has made me feel as if I just ate way too much. I am uncomfortably overfull with words and characters and stories. They are swimming around in my head, and I am a little afraid that I will forget them all too soon. We eat too much and wonder how we could ever eat another meal, and then all too soon, we are doing it again. I will pick up a new book soon and I'm a little sad that this one will fade away. Digested. It t [...]


    8. I decided to check out this book after reading Barbara Kingsolver's collection of essays, Small Wonder. She wonders why more time-pressed Americans don't read short stories. I decided to take the challenge and peruse these stories chosen by Kingsolver as the best of 2001. While I enjoyed them, I couldn't finish them. I really liked "Labors of the Heart." That was the only one where I really felt the writer explored (or exposed) the characters in depth. The main reason I read fiction is the emoti [...]


    9. I bought The Best American Short Stories 2007, 1993, & 1995 at Pranga (a local used book store) and the others I bought during their respective years of publication. They inspire me because the stories are great, and other times I'm inspired because the stories are lousy, and they piss me off for the same reasons. As of 3-14-08 I've read 90% of 2007, 50% of '93 & '95, and 100% of the others. I added them all to on the same night with the same review because I am lazy and addressing the [...]


    10. Again the editor really affects the choice of stories. Didn’t like as many of these as I did in 2000. Favorites:Andrea Barrett's "Servants of the Map," an extremely detailed story, epistolary in nature, almost by necessity: a husband and wife are separated by an expedition of space and time.Ha Jin's "After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town." This story stayed with me for a while.Rich Moody's "Boys." He creates a great compression of time and employs an effective use of repetition (anaphora).John Upd [...]


    11. I'm reading such an "old" book because I found it cheap, used. I buy most of my books used to save money. This one is worth looking up for a story within by Claire Davis, called Labors of the Heart, which made me cry. And then read it again. It's so good I wanted to call my mom late at night and read the whole thing to her over the phone!! There are other fantastic stories within, particularly Boys by Rick Moody (also a 5-star story, incredibly well-written), Betty Hutton by Roy Parvin, My Mothe [...]


    12. My favorites from this volume include “The Apple Tree,” by Trevanian (a new author to me, although he died ten years ago), which reads like a fable, and “Servants of the Map,” by Andrea Barrett, featuring a surveyor in the Himalayas writing home to his wife, that is as much about what he doesn’t tell her as what he does. But there so much good writing here – “Brothers and Sisters Around the World,” by Andrea Lee, “After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town,” by Ha Jin, “Think of Eng [...]


    13. My absolute favorite story was the short five pager, "Boys" by Rick Moody. I read it out loud to Jessica in the car, and am sure to read it again before the book finds it way onto the shelf.The story hits home for this father who looks at his two boys and sees time rushing forward fast and yet back again.Other Stories of Honorable Mention:Andrea Barrett's "Servants of the Map" - this is the second story of Ms. Barrett's I have run across this year. I must find more.Peter Ho Davies "Think of Engl [...]


    14. This took me almost a year to get through, but I enjoyed it. Some of these "Best American Short Stories of " collections are more appealing to me than others. It must be because of the editor, there is a different editor every year, and they choose what stories go into the collection. I liked this one better than others that I've read. If you are trying to decide what year's collection to read, I'd recommend this one.


    15. All in all I didn't enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed 2000's. However, "Rug Weaver" by Barbara Klein Moss may be one of the best stories I've ever read. The protagonist is an Iranian Jewish rug dealer who begins mentally rug weaving as a coping mechanism during imprisonment. This story is juxtaposed with his present day life as the stiff "father-in-law" in his son's young marital home in California. Truly rich and fascinating story.


    16. I love short fiction and have read many of these "Best American" collections. The 2001 edition, edited (and with a terrific introduction by) Barbara Kingsolver, stands head, shoulders, and then some above all the others. If you start with this collection, you might be disappointed by those of 2002, 2003, etc.


    17. I was reading a Barbara Kingsolver book in which she mentioned working on this, she was reading thousands of short stories just to pick the best for 2001. I put it on my to read list and was glad I did. It was wonderful! I will now have to compare the other years of short story collections with various guest editors.


    18. For some reason, the stories seemed to get better as the book went on. Somewhere after halfway, it seemed to be one good story after another. But interestingly, the stories appear to be in alphabetical order by author's last name.This volume has earned my 5 star seal of approval because of the conspicuous number of stories included that I rather liked.


    19. Great collection, and I found that the introduction (by Barbara Kingsolver) was an especially good one. It was hard to pick, but my five favorites were "Brothers and Sisters Around the World" by Andrea Lee, "Boys" by Rick Moody, "My Mother's Garden" by Katherine Shonk, "What I Saw from Where I Stood" by Marisa Silver, and "The Apple Tree" by Trevanian.


    20. best story in this collection is the unforgettable, mesmerizing "The Secrets of Bats" which (i believe) first appeared in Ploughshares. By Jess Row writingclasses/Informa If I were to rate this story on its own- it would get a(n unhesitant) 5! I'd love to read a review of this story by a blind person (if i keep blabbing- I'll give the game away ;)


    21. Some really good stuff, some that I didn't think was great. Still pretty good. Though I think a best of the year collection should be pretty good, right? I think I just don't like Ploughsares stuff, and they got a lot of things in here that year.


    22. For some reason I can't warm up to the short story. I think because it's so short, authors feel they have to pour a lot of strife into a few pages to make it worthwhile for the reader. In this collection, I would say at least 75% of the stories were depressing.


    23. Overall, a very good collection. I felt like the odd one out, but also the most innovative, was "Boys," and was a little disappointed there weren't more like it. But there were a lot of things to make you think in a short span of pages, which is really what short stories should be about.


    24. I wanted to read this because of the comments that Kingsolver made in her book of essays. She said as guest editor she would pick those stories which gave her new insights or a new perspective. But I thought this selection was just OK. But then, I am not a big fan of short stories. Bb


    25. I've been reading this on and off for over a year, whenever I have a few minutes for a short story. Like every collection I've read lately, some stories are fantastic, some are just ok, and some you really struggle to even finish.


    26. Another very good selection. I particularly enjoyed Kingsolver's description of the story selection process in the beginning. I love short stories, and these were some excellent ones. A good variety, and all very moving and entertaining.


    27. I'll read anything that Barbara Kingsolver has had anything to do with. My favorites in this collection were Boys (Rick Moody), The Secrets of Bats (Jess Row), and My Mother's Garden (Katherine Shonk).


    28. I love short stories and make a point to buy this book every year. They are always very good to great stories. It never disappoints. This year (2001) the list of stories was chosen by one of my favorite authors and is a special treat.



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