Highly Recommended Reading: "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" by Z.Z. Packer
An engaging collection of short stories is found in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer (Copyright 2003). Some short story collections disappoint because either too few of the stories grab the reader or the stories seem designed solely to to manipulate the reader's emotions as quickly as possible. In contrast, Packer's vivid and engaging writing is without the obvious emotional manipulation. Instead, it's as though she opens a door to show you the lives of her characters and, upon seeing what she presents, you are engaged, informed and brought to a deeper understanding about the lives of others.