Sing to It: New Stories

Sing to It: New Stories

?All the tawdry details I?m dying for are in these stories, but they?re given out like old sweaters?without shame, without guile. Amy Hempel is the writer who makes me feel most affiliated with other humans; we are all living this way?hiding, alone, obsessed?and that?s ok.? ?Miranda July From legendary writer Amy Hempel, one of the most celebrated and original voices in Ame ?All the tawdry details I?m dying for are in these stories, but they?re given out like old sw...

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Title:Sing to It: New Stories
Author:Amy Hempel
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:Sing to It: New Stories
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:149 pages pages

Sing to It: New Stories Reviews

  • Wes
    Oct 25, 2018
    It's Amy Hempel -- we all know it's going to be good. But I was completely unprepared for just how astonishing Sing to It is. I repeatedly had to get up and pace back and forth, I was so startled and excited by Hempel's increasingly powerful ability to elevate and, really, define the s...
  • Cheri
    Feb 06, 2019
    At the end, I wanted to comfort him. But what I said was, Sing to it. The Arab proverb: When danger approaches, sing to it. The above quote is taken from the first story in this collection, Sing to It. The first story is not alone in being a very short story. Less than one page sh...
  • R.
    Apr 25, 2019
    The only thing I have to really add to the conversation is that the final story, "Cloudland"depressed the heck out of me. It haunts, and made my soul feel creepy, crusty, like it had been subjected to 40 minutes of hospital waiting-room grade air conditioning. I'd say that's the ha...
  • Ren
    Mar 29, 2019
    I love Amy Hempel?s stories so much. The way she writes just astonishes me. I reread her Collected Stories and still can?t believe something this good exists. So it was too much, I think my expectations were too high. These might really charm someone who didn?t fall in love with...
  • Demi
    Dec 23, 2018
    Holy shit. Worship at the feet of the master, y?all. ...
  • Scott
    Apr 23, 2019
    This was my first Amy Hempel collection, and she's obviously brilliant (and funny! and ruthless), but I'm not sure if she usually writes so many, like, single-page stories, which, however technically masterful, failed to satisfy on an emotional level. Maybe it's just me. BUT then came ...
  • Sheldon Compton
    May 21, 2019
    The novella Cloudland that finishes and takes up half the book killed this one for me. A sad day. ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Nov 05, 2018
    Ranging in size from about a page to the length of a small novella, these 15 stories are proof that Amy Hempel's name belongs right up there with the best in short fiction. Some are snippets of observation and opinion, others, possibly semi-autobiography, and apart from knowing she is ...
  • Greg
    May 27, 2019
    Amy Hempel was one of my favorite authors growing up in high school, and still one of the best writers I've encountered. She writes sentences like no one else, top-shelf stories. This is her first collection in over ten years. It's a slim book, with many of the stories running 1-2 page...
  • Guillaume Morissette
    Mar 31, 2019
    I don?t have a sword but I would pledge my sword to defend Amy Hempel, pledging my Macbook instead. ...
  • Marcia
    Jun 03, 2019
    My first exposure to Amy Hempel. She is a clever and subtle writer, seemingly going on with a bunch of unconnected anecdotes about normal things and people. Then, in just a turn of a phrase or a quick aside, she brings her point home with startling impact. I loved ?Cloudland? the b...
  • Rosemarie Donzanti
    Apr 26, 2019
    A book of fourteen short stories. Most are very short, sad internal reflections that read more like poems than short stories. Two of the stories I loved. They are much longer and more powerful than the others. "A Full-Service Shelter" is the story of a woman who works at a shelter and ...
  • Vincent Scarpa
    Oct 06, 2018
    In every way perfect, this set of stories. (Except, perhaps, ?The Chicane,? though it?s likely I?m missing something and just need to read it a few more times, and carefully.) Favorites include ?A Full-Service Shelter,? ?I Stay With Syd,? ?Greed,? and ?The Cor...
  • anna
    May 22, 2019
    Closer to 3.5 stars. As with most short story collections, this is a mixed bag. I found the very very short stories to be absolutely exquisite - efficient, beautiful, powerful use of language creating an entire story in a paragraph or two. In contrast, the longer stories (particularly ...
  • Judy
    Feb 10, 2019
    This is a collection of 15 short stories - and some are very short, about a page long. None of the stories seems to be related to each other. My favorite story was A Full Service Shelter about a volunteer at a dog shelter. It was heart-breaking. The other story I liked was the very fir...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 27, 2019
    ?When danger approaches, sing to it.? That Arabian proverb provides the title for Amy Hempel?s fifth collection of short fiction, and it?s no bad summary of the purpose of the arts in our time: creativity is for defusing or at least defying the innumerable threats to personal e...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Feb 28, 2019
    I first heard about Amy Hempel around 2002 when I read an interview (at least I think it was an interview) with Chuck Palahniuk, who was one of my favorite writers at the time.  Palahniuk recommended Hempel in such a way that I felt it was necessary to read her work.  I'm so glad tha...
  • Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
    Jul 07, 2019
    I feel like this book was like a puzzle and each story (or sometimes even a part of a story) highlighted the beauty of a specific puzzle piece. The reason this book was not amazing for me was because in the end I hate a really hard time connecting the puzzle pieces together to make a p...
  • Morgan Schulman
    Oct 05, 2018
    I received an advanced reader?s in exchange for an honest review These writings are a cross between poetry and short stories, short snippets of a person?s impression of an experience. Beautiful, and it works. ...
  • Debbie
    Mar 01, 2019
    From pogo stick to Complaint Board? I gleefully pull out my pogo stick at the beginning of this small collection, and I boing on down the road?it?s heaven on a stick. But wait! I don?t want to hop anymore. I sigh, sullen, and read on even though most of these stories aren?...
  • EB Fitzsimons
    May 02, 2019
    I admire brevity, but I don't fetishize it. Some of the short stories in the collection seem more of a novelty than a story (and what was with the humane society story that read like it should have Sarah McLachlan crooning in the background?), but Hempel's powers are still strong enoug...
  • Downward
    Apr 11, 2019
    amy hempel is here with a new short story collection, let us all rejoice. a number of short shorts here and a novella, all written with hempel's distinct voice that moves between wry observational comedy and detached heartbreak. very simply put: amy hempel is the best writer of short s...
  • MundiNova
    Oct 14, 2018
    Hempel has a very strong voice. I could read an unmarked short story in a lit magazine and quickly identify whether it was written by her or not. But I didn't find anything tying the stories together; no theme. Why these stories in this collection? It feels more like the author is addi...
  • Nicole D.
    Mar 24, 2019
    I'm not a fan of short stories; I am a fan of Amy Hempel, however, I found this collection really uninspiring. Her writing usually knocks my socks off, but I got nothing out of this. Some of the "stories" were so short they didn't even cover a page.... 2-3 little paragraph snippets. ...
  • Matthew
    May 04, 2019
    4.5 stars. Sheesh. Another day, another kickass short story collection about the endless search for connection. Something must be in the water here in Chicago; if that?s the case I?m going to continue drinking it. My reaction to Amy Hempel?s latest collection, Sing to It, ...
  • Nicole
    Apr 06, 2019
    I decided to pick up Sing to It on a whim after seeing the book featured on Scribd as a new release, hoping that it would finally get me into the world of contemporary fiction. After reading young-adult novels for the majority of my life so far, I was hoping that there'd be that one bo...
  • Steve
    Feb 25, 2019
    I can definitely see why this is getting good reviews, but it wasn't for me. My bias up front: I like poetry, short stories, prose poems, but I'm not a fan of microfictions, which make up the bulk of the collection. There are a handful of longer stories, here, though, and I liked those...
  • Cassie (book__gal)
    Feb 01, 2019
    How does Amy Hempel take a paragraph?s worth of writing and fill it with so much texture and nuance? Many of Hempel?s stories in this collection are just 2 pages or less, but just because she?s austere with her words doesn?t mean there is any less feeling in them. These are...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 11, 2019
    Sing to It is a short collection of short stories, many of which are a page or less long. What's amazing to me is that in a few hundred words, Amy Hempel can tell an amazing story--lyrical, gorgeous, and raw. These stories are livewires and they read like poetry to boot. I think The Or...
  • Andrew Moore
    Jan 23, 2019
    3.5/5 Netgalley ARC The writing here is often times gorgeous and Hempel is able to conjure so much thought with so few words. This book may only be 160 pages but to truly absorb it, you need to read slowly and thoroughly. I will add to this that even though I feel she's a beautiful w...