9 Short & Nourishing Reads All the nourishment of a novel in miniature Pick up a pithy read for all the nourishment of a novel in miniature form. 1. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby 2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark 3. The Bicentennial Man Isaac Asimov 4. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 5. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 6. The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka 7. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 8. The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett 9. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Tags: short fiction View the discussion thread.