A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.
"...he took his hands off the controls in a paroxysm of joy and shouted, 'Strap on your safety belt, Mrs. Gadshill! We're going to make a loop-the-loop!'"... From "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor" by John Cheever
Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game"
performed by Freda Foh Shen
A strict Chinese mother bedevils her chess prodigy daughter.
Donald Barthelme's "Game"
performed by David Strathairn
Playing cosmic chicken in a nuclear bunker.
Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O."
performed by Stockard Channing
Hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own.
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat"
performed by Rene Auberjonois
Terrifyingly delicious masterpiece by Poe.
Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
performed by Christine Baranski
Sly, creepy tale of a teenage girl's seduction by a dangerous drifter.
John Sayles' "At the Anarchists' Convention"
performed by Jerry Stiller
A laugh-out-loud classic.
Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"
performed by Carmen de Lavallade
Siblings disagree about a precious piece of their family heritage.
John Cheever's "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor"
performed by Malachy McCourt
A high-rise elevator operator is overwhelmed by his riders' holiday generosity.
"Jerry Stiller's reading of this story had me laughing out loud"... Dawn Rennert, She is Too Fond of Books
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