- The Yellow Wallpaper- Charlotte Perkins Gillman- A wonderfully disturbing short-story about the roles and treatment of women around the turn of the century. The ending is spine-chilling.
- Cathedral- Raymond Carver- A simple and inarticulate narrator experiences an epiphany through a relationship with a blind man.
- Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?- Joyce Carol Oats- a young girl yearns for adulthood but her innocence is snatched away in a traumatizing way.
- Dubliners- James Joyce- Dubliners is a collection of 15 superb short stories. My favorite is Araby, a young boy goes to the fair.
- A Mark On the Wall- Virginia Woolf- I love all forms of writing but "stream of consciousness" is one of my favorites. Virginia Woolf is one of the few writers who perfectly put this human condition on paper.
- A Haunted House- Virginia Woolf- don't let the title scare you, it is not your typical haunted house.
- Krik? Krak!- Edwidge Danticant- a collection of 9 short stories based on the brutal and hard lives of Haitians. I had to do this reading for a class and I absolutely suffered through this, the topic is horrifying and put into simple terms, sad. I admit I will only read it once, however, this author has a gift for story-telling.
- Videotape- Don Delillo- A man is mesmerized and appalled by a scene of tragedy caught on tape.