By Abby DeVeuve, Connections Intern
Once in the West, Poems by Christian Wiman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Once in the West is Christian Wiman’s fourth poetry collection, in which he explores themes of love, life, death, and life after death. He draws readers into his intimate and powerful poetry about his West Texas roots, his religion, and his family. While he does employ his usual sharp humor, this collection also features more tender subjects: love poems to his wife, poems for his children, and glimpses of peace. We are excited to explore this new side to Wiman’s poetry.
Father and Son: A Lifetime is a powerful memoir that won Marcos Giralt Torrente Spain’s highest literary honor, the Spanish National Book Award. In this memoir, Giralt Torrente grapples with his father’s cancer diagnosis and death. He writes about his struggle as honestly as possible, brilliantly baring all to the reader and sparing nothing as he explores his tumultuous relationship with his father. Translated from the Spanish, this raw memoir confirms Giralt Torrente’s successful arrival on the U.S. literary scene.
Sailing the Forest features a selection of visionary poems spanning the career of Robin Robertson, a “wild-hearted” superstar in Scottish poetry. Robertson’s sparse poetry features ancient and mythological themes, bringing readers into a dreamlike world crafted expertly to inspire awe and wonder. These beautiful, haunting poems, selected as some of the finest of Robertson’s vast array of award-winning work, are on our must-read list.
This book makes math cool. No, really. Stand-up comedian and mathematician Matt Parker wrote Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension to convince his readers to come back to the subject they were put off from an early age and actually be enthralled by it this time around. His book explores the topology of beer logos and features the Optimal Dating Algorithm – what’s not to like about that? It may seem an unlikely choice for the bookish type, but we are excited to get out of our comfort zones for Parker’s hilarious novel!
Limbo, translated from the Italian, is award-winning novelist Melania G. Mazzucco’s ninth novel. It depicts the life of a female Italian officer in the war in Afghanistan, which is a perspective not yet covered by the vast array of Afghanistan war literature. Mazzucco’s expert storytelling allows the reader to fully experience her strong heroine’s struggles with war and love, both on the battle front and once she returns home. We are looking forward to the arrival of this captivating novel.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Muldoon’s twelfth poetry collection, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, spans a wide range of subject matter that keeps readers constantly surprised and engaged. Muldoon quickly swings from one mood to the next, even within a single poem, keeping readers on their toes. Muldoon has been praised as one of the most innovative and ambitious modern poets and we are eager to crack open his newest collection.