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Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good by [Oates, Joyce Carol, Bender, Aimee, Cook, Diane, Gautier, Amina, Shawl, Nisi, Rambo, Cat, Connolly, Tina, Swirsky, Rachel]
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Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good is a feminist anthology of dark fiction, co-edited by H. L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam. Containing 35 stories of “bad” women, and “good” women who just haven’t been caught yet, it features Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Diane Cook, and 33 other fearless women writers.

Table of Contents:

Janet Shell Anderson, “Every Purpose Under Heaven”
Sidney Archer, “Woman Enough”
Alisha M. Attella, “Rise”
Gwen Beatty, “Angel Thinks She Will Die Very Soon”
Aimee Bender, “Broke”
Tina Connolly, “Hard Choices”
Diane Cook, “Moving On”
Kathy Fish, “The Hollow”
Amina Gautier, “A Cup of My Time”
Amelia Gray and Lindsay Hunter, “Sisters”
Tina May Hall, “Vampire”
Rebecca Jones-Howe, “Better Places”
Andrea Kneeland, “Imagination”
Molly Laich, “Kristen Doesn’t Like Surprise Parties”
Heather Lindsley, “The Angel of Death Has a Business Plan”
Holly Lopez, “The Head”
Kelly Luce, “Rooey”
Mesha Maren, “Eminent Domain”
Jessica McHugh, “In the Silt”
Mary Miller, “This Boy I Loved a Rock”
Ellen Birkett Morris, “After the Fall”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Spotted Hyenas: A Romance”
Jennifer Pelland, “The Kennel Club”
Cat Rambo, “Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut”
Joani Reese, “Good Neighbors”
Marytza K. Rubio, “Clap If You Believe”
Nisi Shawl, “Looking for Lilith”
Quill Shiv, “The Bitter Sea”
Emily Slaney, “Bear Traps”
Amber Sparks, “We Dressed Up Like Other People”
Rachel Swirsky, “The Sea of Trees”
Meg Tuite, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”
Damien Angelica Walters, “Girl, With Coin”
xTx, “Today I Am A Wife”
Bonnie ZoBell, “Tricking the Moon”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Upper Rubber Boot Books (31 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UKJ5LVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Something here for everyone 20 August 2016
By Sarah B - Published on Amazon.com
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There's something in here for everyone, and I mean everyone: all styles and genres: litfic, horror, humor, sci-fi, you name it. This also means you probably won't like every story, but it's a meaty, worthwhile survey of what's out there today in terms of short fiction by women authors. Since many of the stories are flash (1,000 words or fewer), I'll only list a few of my favorites.

Also, there are a few stories with a lot of violence, and a few dystopic "this is a society in which women must all wear the proper butt implants to be 'matched'" stories that I tended to skip. If that's your thing, these stories are scattered throughout.

My favorites:

Joyce Carol Oates, "Spotted Hyenas: A Romance" One of the longer stories in the collection, and one of my favorites. Examines sex selection in humans as compared to hyenas in a beautiful, understated story--ironically, main character Mariana chooses to marry an alpha male who doesn't want kids, and who fails to protect her in the most important ways throughout their marriage. She's haunted (literally) by the choice she made.

Kathy Fish, "The Hollow": Kathy Fish is a revered name in flash--there's a fellowship in her name at the Smokelong Quarterly journal. I like her stories for their immediacy, for their ability to paint the universal through the minutely specific details. First line: "Afternoons, the girls play in the hollow. The heat buckles their energy and sweat drips into their eyes. Their mother works hard, but the girls are unkempt and secretive, given to a layered, sarcastic wit."

Rachel Swirsky, "The Sea of Trees"-Upmarket horror/suspense about Japan's suicide forest. (Yes, this is a real place with a real, sordid history). I loved the ghost-on-mortal "sex as grief and conflict" scenes.

Gwen Beatty, "Angel Thinks She Will Die Very Soon"-Edgy, plays with structure and time, unpredictably violent in the right ways. My cup of tea.

Meg Tuite, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"- HILARIOUS story that serves as a commentary on what we commonly think of as clinically "crazy" as compared to the insanity that occurs around every Thanksgiving dinner table every year. Laughed out loud several times.

Mary Miller, "This Boy I Loved a Rock": "When I woke up this morning, I made my bed, which was worrisome." An absurdist, humorous, vulgar but poignant meditation on the death of love.

The last two stories, "Vampire" by Tina May Hall, and "Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut" by Cat Rambo, are SO SO GOOD. Just, please read them. Admittedly, mothers may relate more strongly to "Vampire" and sci-fi lovers of humor and gender identity politics will get an especially huge kick out of Liberty.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories 25 September 2016
By Ms. Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought it because Joyce Carol Oates wrote a story in it. It was a great book of short stories which enabled me to read on my commute. It's a great collection of a diversity of stories!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 October 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and surprising book filled with complex characters and memorable stories. Brilliant!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 3 November 2016
By Down the Rabbit Hole - Published on Amazon.com
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Strange boring stories that I could not wait to finish. They just got weirder and less understandable. I would beg you not to waste your time or money.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for some quick reading 6 May 2015
By diane k attella - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent choice for some quick reading! A collection of short stories is a great change of pace! I highly recommend this!