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.
- 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.
- Eudora Welty's Why I Live at the P.O., performed by Stockard Channing. Hilarious story of an independent young woman striking out on her own.
- Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat performed by René Auberjonois. Terrifyingly delicious Poe masterpiece.
- Joyce Carol Oates' Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? performed by Christine Baranski. Sly, creepy tale of a teenage girl's seduction by a dangerous drifter.
- John Sayles' At the Anarchists' Convention, performed by Jerry Stiller. 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.
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