Your Friday Five

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Your Friday Five

Short Stories and Essays for Every Taste

Looking for a new author? No time for a full length novel? No problem! The library has many short story collections and essay compilations so you're sure to find one that will interest you and just might lead you to a new must read author.

Below are just five of the many options so take a look at one today.

What Should We Be Worried About?

Prefer nonfiction to fiction? Enjoy reading about science and theory? What Should We Be Worried About? is a collection of essays by scientists on impending challenges to our world. 

DC Noir 2: The Classics

For those readers who like local flavor, DC Noir 2 is a collection of crime short stories set in our city written from 1900 to the present. Bonus: The editor started putting the research for the compilation at the library's own Washingtoniana room.

Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places

Take a journey around the world with this compilation of travel essays by some wonderful writers. 

Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories

Fans of vampire fiction and classic gothic literature will enjoy this collection of Victorian short stories with entries by Lord Byron, Alexei Tolstoy, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and, of course, Bram Stoker. 

Love is Murder 

Romantic suspense readers will likely find a new favorite author (or two!) in this collection of stories that include well-known romance authors and some authors newer to the genre.