David Shields’s Favorite Novellas

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, by J. D. Salinger

Billy Budd, by Herman Melville

Sylvia, by Leonard Michaels

A Box of Matches, by Nicholson Baker

The Mystery Guest, by Gregoire Bouillier

The Pilgrim Hawk: A Love Story, by Glenway Wescott

The Fall, by Albert Camus

The Pharmacist’s Mate, by Amy Fusselman

Morning, Noon, and Night, by Spalding Gray

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

The Dead, by James Joyce

Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter

David Shields’s new book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, was a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of eight previous books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Utne Reader; he’s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Visit him HERE.

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