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.
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat"
performed by Rene Auberjonois
Terrifyingly delicious masterpiece by Poe.
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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