I finished up with:
Lanterns and Lances by James Thurber - amusing so long as he didn't wander into word lists
Ten Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino - very enjoyable (surprisingly so as I don't normally like folk or fairy tales)
She Wasn't Soft by T. Coraghessan Boyle - kind of dark and edgy, it fulfills all the requirements of the short story (even if it was presented as a little book).
Killing the Angel in the House by Virginia Woolf - beautifully written essays and lectures. Feminism from the early days.
Oops, forgot to add this one: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - these must have seemed radical at the time (early 1970s). Open and honest children's book (quite funny too).