I teach college students aged 16-18 and mostly about (upper)intermediate level. Our normal practice is to read some books in English during the term. Normally we take one novel and read it together throughout the term (about 15 pages a week), checking all the new words.
This year we have decided to read several short stories, instead of one novel, and now I am trying to select something. It is, actually, more of a personal question than a methodical one. Could you recommend me something to read with the students, so that they get a notion of British and American literature? Maybe, you can advise some of your favourite stories - just nice and interesting to read and the language (I mean grammar and vocabulary) can be pretty tough. My students are quite smart!
There's such a great amount of stories available on the web now, but I can't read them all and are now asking for an opinion. As for me, I like reading Maugham and O'Henry, but many of my students do it on their own accord and I want something different.
It would also be nice, if you knew some stories connected with such topics as entertainment, geography/location, personality, time, crime, food...
Or just some nice stories worth reading and sharing opinions.