5 Powerful Short Story Collections That Pack a Big Punch

Reading stories is like stealing time. You can down one in 15 minutes and feel like you've just watched a whole movie. So whether you're headed to the beach or chilling at home, hit the bookstore first for these five powerful new collections.
We Are Taking Only What We Need
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We Are Taking Only What We Need

221 pages; BkMk
Winner of the 2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award, Stephanie Powell Watts writes about "dirt roaders," working-class Southerners who live large and dream safe, in We Are Taking Only What We Need (BkMk). The stories celebrate real people and their tenacious ability to break down life's locked doors.
— Kristy Davis