Small Gems

Sometimes a short book can really pack a punch with its economy of words and tight focus. If you're looking for a book that is quick and engaging, try one of these small gems. The following titles are all less than 225 pages. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library.


Aboulela, Leila. The Translator. 1999.

Amis, Martin. Time’s Arrow, Or, The Nature of the Offense. 1991.

Antrim, Donald. Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. 1993.

Bainbridge, Beryl. Every Man for Himself. 1996.

Banville, John. The Sea. 2005.
     Also available: Large Type, CD 

Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. 1936.

Barnes, Julian. The Sense of an Ending. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Bauer, Carlene. Frances and Bernard. 2012.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Benioff, David. The 25th Hour. 2000.

Bennett, Alan. The Uncommon Reader. 2007.
     Also available: CD

Berg, Elizabeth. Joy School. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. 2011. (Adult Science Fiction BRA).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Brookner, Anita. Leaving Home. 2005.
     Also available: CD

Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. 1974.

Camus, Albert. The Stranger. 1942.
     Also available: CD

Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red. 1998. (Adult Nonfiction 818.54 C3213.au).

Carter, Angela. The Magic Toyshop. 1967.

Chaudhuri, Amit. A New World. 2000.

Chessman, Harriet Scott. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper. 2001.

Chiang, Ted. The Lifecycle of Software Objects. 2010. (Adult Science Fiction CHI).

Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. 1993.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians. 1980.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. 1902.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Dai, Sijie. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. 2001.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Dallas, Sandra. The Persian Pickle Club. 1995.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

DeLillo, Don. The Body Artist. 2001.

Doerr, Harriet. Stones for Ibarra. 1984.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Notes from Underground. 1864.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1902.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Dunn, Mark. Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable . 2001.

Emecheta, Buchi. Second-Class Citizen. 1974.

Enchi, Fumiko. The Waiting Years. 1971.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Fitzgerald, Penelope. The Blue Flower. 1995.

Frucht, Abby. Licorice. 1990.

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Memories of My Melancholy Whores. 2005.

Gary, Romain. The Life Before Us. 1978.

Gibbons, Kaye. A Virtuous Woman. 1989.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Gordimer, Nadine. July’s People. 1981.
     Also available: Large Type

Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. 1953.
     Also available: CD

Holleran, Andrew. Grief. 2006.

Iweala, Uzodinma. Beasts of No Nation. 2005.

Jackson, Shirley. We Have Always Lived in the Castle. 1962.
     Also available: CD

Johnson, Barb. More of This World Or Maybe Another. 2009.

Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage. 1990.

Johnson, Denis. Train Dreams. 2002.

Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. 1915.
     Also available: CD

Keilson, Hans. Comedy in a Minor Key. 2010.

Khadra, Yasmina. The Swallows of Kabul. 2004.

Kimberling, Brian. Snapper. 2013.

Kiteley, Brian. Still Life with Insects. 1989.

Krilanovich, Grace. The Orange Eats Creeps. 2010.

Lalami, Laila. Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits. 2005.

Leigh, Julia. Disquiet. 2008.

Le Tellier, Herve. Enough About Love. 2011.

Lerner, Ben. Leaving the Atocha Station. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Lightman, Alan P. Einstein’s Dreams. 1993.

Lippincott, Robin. Mr. Dalloway. 1999.

Maclean, Norman. A River Runs Through It. 1976.

Marai, Sandor. Embers. 2001.
     Also available: CD

Martin, Valerie. Property. 2003.

Mazetti, Katarina. Benny & Shrimp. 2008.

McCall Smith, Alexander. Portuguese Irregular Verbs. 2003.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

McCullers, Carson. The Member of the Wedding. 1946.
     Also available: CD

McEwan, Ian. On Chesil Beach. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Medvei, Cornelius. Mr. Thundermug. 2007.

Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor. 1924.

Mohr, Joshua. Some Things That Meant the World To Me. 2009.

Moore, Lorrie. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? 1994.

Morgan, Marlo. Mutant Message Down Under. 1994.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. 1973.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Muñoz Molina, Antonio. In Her Absence. 2006.

Nabokov, Vladimir. PNIN. 1957.

Nothomb, Amelie. The Character of Rain. 2000.

Oates, Joyce Carol. Black Water. 1992.
     Also available: Large Type

Offill, Jenny. Dept. of Speculation. 2014.
     Also available: eBook

O’Nan, Stewart. Last Night at the Lobster. 2007.
     Also available: CD

Orwell, George. Animal Farm. 2007.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Otsuka, Julie. Buddha in the Attic. 2011.
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Pears, Iain. The Portrait. 2005. (Adult Mystery PEA).
     Also available: CD

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. 1966.

Rahimi, Atiq. A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear. 2011.

Richardson, Bill. Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast. 1993.

Richaud, Frederic. Gardener to the King. 2000.

Robinson, Marilynne. Housekeeping. 1980.
     Also available: CD 

Roth, Philip. Everyman. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Digital Player

Sadawi, Nawal. God Dies by the Nile. 1985.

Sagan, Francoise. Bonjour Tristesse. 1955.

Saki. The Unbearable Bassington. 1982.

Salinger, J.D. Franny and Zooey. 1961.

Santis, Pablo de. Voltaire’s Calligrapher. 2010.

Saramago, Jose. All the Names. 1999.

Savage, Sam. Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife. 2006.

Schlink, Bernhard. The Reader. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Schulz, Bruno. The Street of Crocodiles. 1963.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. 1818.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Shua, Ana Maria. Patient. 1997.

Sigaud, Dominique. Somewhere in a Desert. 1998.

Smith, Alexis. Glaciers. 2012.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. 1963.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Soriano, Osvaldo. A Funny Dirty Little War. 1986.

Sorokin, Vladimir. Day of the Oprichnik. 2011.

Soucy, Gaétan. The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. 2000.

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. 1937.
    Also available: CD

Suskind, Patrick. Mr. Summer’s Story. 1993.

Talarigo, Jeff. The Ginseng Hunter. 2008.
    Also available: CD

Torres, Justin. We the Animals. 2011.
     Also available: CD, eBook

Trevor, William. Love and Summer. 2009.
    Also available: CD

Tsukiyama, Gail. The Samurai’s Garden. 1994.

Tuck, Lily. I Married You for Happiness. 2011.

VanderMeer, Jeff. Annihilation. 2014. (Adult Science Fiction VAN).

Voltaire. Candide. 1759.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Watson, Larry. Montana 1948. 1993.
     Also available: CD

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. 1759.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Welty, Eudora. The Optimist’s Daughter. 1972.

West, Jessamyn. The Friendly Persuasion. 1971.

Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome. 1911.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

White, Bailey. Quite a Year for Plums. 1998.
     Also available: Large Type

Wolff, Tobias. Old School. 2003.
     Also available: CD

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. 1925.
     Also available: CD

Yoshimoto, Banana. Kitchen. 1993.