Best Historical Fiction Short Stories Books

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1. Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction

Author: by Diana Gabaldon
Dell (June 27, 2017)
June 27, 2017

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A magnificent collection of Outlander short fictionincluding two never-before-published novellasfeaturing Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, from Diana GabaldonAmong the seven spellbinding pieces there is The Custom of the Army, which begins with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric eel and ends at the Battle of Quebec.

Then comes The Space Between, where it is revealed that the Comte St. Germain is not dead, Master Raymond appears, and a widowed young wine dealer escorts a would-be novice to a convent in Paris. In A Plague of Zombies, Lord John unexpectedly becomes military governor of Jamaica when the original governor is gnawed by what probably wasn’t a giant rat.

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows is the moving story of Roger MacKenzie’s parents during World War II. In Virgins, Jamie Fraser, aged nineteen, and Ian Murray, aged twenty, become mercenaries in France, no matter that neither has yet bedded a lass or killed a man.But they’re trying….

2. A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories

Author: by Daniel Mason
Little, Brown and Company
240 pages

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize”Unique and beguiling… A treasure trove of lush scene setting in faraway times and places.” Alexis Burling, San Francisco ChronicleA Library Journal Best Book of 2020On a fateful flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever.

A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son.

At times funny and irreverent, always moving and deeply urgent, these storiesamong them a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize winnercap a fifteen-year project. From the Nile’s depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-racked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are tales of ecstasy, epiphany, and what the New York Times Magazine called the “struggle for survival …

3. Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness

Author: by Alexander McCall Smith
Pantheon (May 4, 2021)
240 pages

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It is often said that the best things in life come in small packages; anyone in search of proof need look no further than the stories in this collection: brief, utterly engaging tales that offer lasting surprise and delight. In Tiny Tales, Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition, kindness, and happiness in thirty short stories accompanied by thirty witty cartoons designed by Iain McIntosh, McCall Smith’s longtime creative collaborator.

Here we meet the first Australian pope, who hopes to finally find some peace and quiet back home in Perth; a psychotherapist turned motorcycle racetrack manager; and an aspiring opera singer who gets her unlikely break onstage. And, of course, we spend time in McCall Smith’s beloved Scotland, where we are introduced to progressive Vikings, a group of housemates with complex romantic entanglements, and a couple of globe-trotting dentists.

These tales and illustrations depict the full scope of human experience and reveal the rich tapestry of lifepainted in miniature.

4. A Christmas Carol

Author: by Charles Dickens
64 pages

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards.

Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales

5. My Antonia

Author: by Willa Cather
144 pages

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My ntonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works. It is the final book of her “prairie trilogy” of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! And The Song of the Lark.

6. The Things They Carried

Author: by Tim O'Brien

7 hours and 47 minutes

Tim O'Brien

Bryan Cranston

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This modern classic and New York Times best seller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms. Hailed by The New York Times as “a marvel of storytelling”, The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing.

Now, three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word. The soldiers in this collection of stories carried M-16 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and M-79 grenade launchers.

They carried plastic explosives, hand grenades, flak jackets, and landmines. But they also carried letters from home, illustrated Bibles, and pictures of their loved ones. Some of them carried extra food or comic books or drugs. Every man carried what he needed to survive, and those who did carried their shattering stories away from the jungle and back to a nation that would never understand.

7. The Ways of White Folks: Stories (Vintage Classics)

Author: by Langston Hughes
272 pages

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A collection of vibrant and incisive short stories depicting the sometimes humorous, but more often tragic interactions between Black people and white people in America in the 1920s and 30s. One of the most important writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes is best known as a poet, but these stories showcase his talent as a lively storyteller.

His work blends elements of blues and jazz, speech and song, into a triumphant and wholly original idiom. Stories included in this collection: “Cora Unashamed” “Slave on the Block” “Home” “Passing” “A Good Job Gone” “Rejuvenation Through Joy” “The Blues I’m Playing” “Red-Headed Baby” “Poor Little Black Fellow” “Little Dog” “Berry” “Mother and Child” “One Christmas Eve” “Father and Son”

8. The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories

Author: by Louis L'Amour
Bantam (April 29, 2014)
560 pages

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Louis L’Amour is recognized the world over as one of the most prolific and popular American authors. While every one of his eighty-nine novels is still in print, a lesser known fact is that L’Amour is also one of the all-time bestselling authors of short fiction.

Compared by The Wall Street Journal to Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson, L’Amour’s Collected Short Stories are now presented for the first time in paperback. The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 1, features thirty-five action-packed Frontier Stories. It kicks off a series of nine paperbacks, including a two-part volume of Adventure Stories and a two-part volume of Crime Stories, which brings all of L’Amour’s short fiction to his millions of readers around the world.

9. The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

Author: by Steven Pressfield
368 pages

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I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior’s unflinching eye for detail the blood, the terror, and the tactics of his greatest battlefield victories.

Whether surviving his father’s brutal assassination, presiding over a massacre, or weeping at the death of a beloved comrade-in-arms, Alexander never denies the hard realities of the code by which he lives: the virtues of war. But as much as he was feared by his enemies, he was loved and revered by his friends, his generals, and the men who followed him into battle.

Often outnumbered, never outfought, Alexander conquered every enemy the world stood against himbut the one he never saw coming….

10. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (Penguin Modern Classics)

Author: by Tadeusz Borowski
Penguin Classics
192 pages

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Tadeusz Borowski’s concentration camp stories were based on his own experiences surviving Auschwitz and Dachau. In spare, brutal prose he describes a world where where the will to survive overrides compassion and prisoners eat, work and sleep a few yards from where others are murdered; where the difference between human beings is reduced to a second bowl of soup, an extra blanket or the luxury of a pair of shoes with thick soles; and where the line between normality and abnormality vanishes.

Published in Poland after the Second World War, these stories constitute a masterwork of world literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

11. Echoes of a Distant Summer

Author: by Guy Johnson
One World
688 pages

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You done lived a tough life, boy, and I know I’m part responsible for that. I ain’t askin’ you to excuse me or forgive me. Just know I did the best I knew to do. I was just tryin’ to make you tough enough to deal with the world.

To stand tall among men, I knew you had to be strong and have yo’ own mind. You were preparing me for war, Grandfather. Guy Johnson, the author of the critically acclaimed debut Standing at the Scratch Line, continues the Tremain family saga.

Jackson St. Clair Tremain hasn’t spoken to his grandfather King in nearly twenty years. Disgusted by the violence and bloodlust that seemed to be his grandfather’s way of life, Jackson chose to distance himself from King and live a simpler life.

But now King is gravely ill, and his impending death places Jackson’s lifeas well as those of his family and friendsin jeopardy. Reluctantly, Jackson travels to Mexico to see King. But after a brief reconciliation, his grandfather is assassinated, and Jackson suspects that his grandmother Serena may have had a hand in it.

12. I'll Always Love You (The Worthingtons)

Author: by Ella Quinn

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The USA Todaybestselling Regency romance series continues with this novella as a lady new to the social scene plots her way to the man of her dreams. Gerald, Earl Elliott, has finally decided to marry. Unfortunately, he seems only to fall for a lady once she is engaged to another.

When his close friend, the Duke of Rothwell, asks him to look out for his sister, Lady Lucinda Hughlot, during her first London Season, Gerald is happy to oblige. After all, it will put him even more conveniently in the way of eligible ladies.

Yet he’s completely oblivious to Lucinda’s growing attraction to him Lucinda is thrilled to finally be having her Season. Her mother would be thrilled as well, except for the scandal the late duke caused before his death. To avoid gossip, the dowager duchess has decided an arranged match will cover her chaperoning duties.

Lucinda, however, is far from pleased with her mother’s choice of the Marquis of Quorndonespecially with her heart set on Lord Elliott. There is only one solution: Lucinda will find a lady for Quorndon. Then she will convince Lord Elliott of their loveand together they will convince her mother.

13. Kolyma Tales (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)

Author: by Varlam Shalamov
Penguin Classics

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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the northeastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, whose hopes and plans extended to further than a few hours.

This new enlarged edition combines two collections previously published in the United States as Kolyma Tales and Graphite. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

14. The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 2: Frontier Stories

Author: by Louis L'Amour

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In paperback for the first time, this second volume of Louis L’Amour’s collected stories showcases thirty more classic tales of the American frontier. Inside you will find the stories of heroism, honor and sacrifice that L’Amour made uniquely his own: like that of a young man sent out alone into a blizzard to face a deadly stampede, or a lawman who finds the bullet-riddled body of an infamous Mexican bandit and knows duty demands he track down a far more dangerous predator.

Featuring L’Amour’s signature stories of Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie, this collection captures men and women at the crossroads of friendship and suspicion, loyalty or betrayal.

15. The Children's Story: A Collection of Stories

Author: by James Clavell
Dell (October 2, 1989)
96 pages

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It was a simple incident in the life of James Clavella talk with his young daughter just home from schoolthat inspired this chilling tale of what could happen in twenty-five quietly devastating minutes. He writes, “The Children’s Story came into being that day.

It was then that I really realized how vulnerable my child’s mind was any mind, for that matterunder controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quicklyalmost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because I kept asking the questionsQuestions like, What’s the use of ‘I pledge allegiance’ without understanding?

Like Why is it so easy to divert thoughts? Like What is freedom? And Why is so hard to explain? The Children’s Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you canthen your child will….”

16. Mistakes Can Kill You: A Collection of Western Stories

Author: by Louis L'Amour
264 pages

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L’Amour is popular for all the right reasons. His books embody heroic virtues that seem to matter now more than ever. The Wall Street JournalEdge-of-your-seat thrillers from the greatest Western author ever. There will never be another Western writer like Louis L’Amour.

A legendary author and indisputably the greatest storyteller in his genre of all time, L’Amour captivated millions of readers and has sold well over three hundred million copies of his works, which includes nearly ninety novels and countless short stories.

Mistakes Can Kill You highlights an essential selection featuring nine of L’Amour’s earlier short stories, sometimes written under the pen name Jim Mayo, that exemplify the rugged morality of the best Western writing. In Black Rock Coffin-Makers, two men ready to kill over ownership of a ranch get more than they bargain for when a stranger is caught in the crossfire.

And in Four- Card Draw, Allen Ring wins a ranch in a poker game, only to find out an unsolved murder was committed there years ago and law enforcement thinks Ring knows more about it than he’s letting on. L’Amour made his characters come alive on the page, and his ability to capture the spirit and authenticity of the Wild West is unrivaled.