The striking cover of this book was what initially attracted me, but the stories were what made me stay. Elizabeth McCracken's latest collection is chock full of gorgeous, descriptive language that left me in awe. As someone especially interested in writing, I found myself picking out sentence after sentence that I wish that I had written myself. This is a collection that everyone from the casual reader to the short story enthusiast can enjoy. If you read one book of short stories this year, make it Thunderstruck! --PICKS BY HEATHER H.