Buffalo Gals by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Bookery
This collection of short stories and poems are on the surface,all animal stories. But really, as with much of Le Guin’s writing, they’re about so much more. Fantasy, parable, and social criticism collide in this book; but the real treasures are Le Guin’s introductions—one at the start of the book, and some others interspersed throughout the pages that describe her thought process while writing.
- First edition
- Vintage: Published 1987
- Excellent condition: some pages dogeared with love
- Protective dust jacket with charming wolf illustration
Why We Love It
We can’t resist a writer who starts off an introduction with “The first thing about rocks is, they’re old,” and in her bio declares that she “has been informed that she writes fiction, science fiction…and poems; but having found that no one has yet clearly defined the distinction even between poetry and prose… declares a pox on all your genres.” Her writing is spunky but true: imbued with layers and layers of meaning that creep up on you while you lie awake at night.