Stories/Books about Storytelling

Compiled by Desirée Henderson (University of Texas Arlington) based on recommendations from members of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) listserve

Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talk)
Alexie, Flight Patterns” and “Search Engine” in Ten Little Indians; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Allison, Bastard out of Carolina
Atwood, “Happy Endings”; The Handmaid’s Tale
Banks, “Lobster Night”Boyle, “The White Horses of Vienna”
Byatt, Possession
Cather, My Antonia
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman
Chopin, “La Belle Zoraide”; “Elizabeth Stock’s One Story”; “Miss Witherwell’s Mistake”
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Danticat, “Night Women”; The Dew Breaker
Davis, “Life in the Iron Mills”
Dinesen, “The Blank Page”
Erdrich, Tracks
Fenimore Woolson, “Miss Grief”; “Lady of Little Fishing”
Faulkner, Absalom, Absolom
Fitzgerald, Gatsby
Glancy Designs of the Night Sky
Hooper, Homesick Songs
Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic
Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; Mules & Men
King (Grace), intro to “Balcony Stories”
King, The Truth About Stories
Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Krauss, The History of Love
LeGuin, “The Shobies’ Story”
Moore, “How to Become a Writer”
Morrison, A Mercy  
O’Brien, “On the Rainy River”; The Things They Carried
Paley, “A Conversation with My Father”; “The Story Hearer”; “Debts”
Russo, Trajectory
Shelley, Frankenstein  
Silko, Storyteller (and title story “Storyteller” in the collection)
Spofford, “The Amber Gods”; “Her Story”
Tan, Joy Luck Club; The Valley of Amazement  
Tokarczuk, Flights
Twain, “A True Story”
Vargas Llosa, The Storyteller
Wilkins Freeman, “The Lost Ghost”
Wilson, The Piano Lesson