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Apollo in the Grass, Selected Poems by Aleksandr Kushner

Translated by Carol Ueland and Robert Carnevale

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

July 2015

 

Mostly written after the fall of the Soviet Union, Aleksandr Kushner’s Apollo in the Grass presents poems that, for the most part, are published in English for the very first time. After a brief introduction from the translators, this collection displays poems with traditional form but with highly provocative content, diving into an everyday world filled with both the mythical and historical. Some poems are without titles while others have headings, titles, and dedications.

 

I Am Flying Into Myself, Selected Poems by Bill Knott

Edited by Thomas Lux

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

February 2017

 

Bill Knot was an American poet who was known for his satire, hatred of clichés, and lyrical poetry. This collection, I Am Flying Into Myself, includes poems written between the years of 1960 and 2014, his year of death. The poems vary in length, form, and punctuation.

 

A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in the Trash, Book by Alexander Masters

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

October 2016

 

Two friends of Alexander Masters came across 148 handwritten notebooks one day in an old trashcan. The friends dumped them on Masters’ front step and he got to work creating the book A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in the Trash. Some of the notebooks were filled with useless notes, some were falling apart, and others had the royal emblems of George VI on them. Each held a unique story and Masters catalogued them all in this masterful biography about the lives of anonymous people.

Short Takes: Poetry Collections in Brief

By Maggie Daubenspeck, Connections Intern

 

This past April’s National Poetry Month encouraged us to consider some of this season’s new releases. The good folks at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux were kind enough to send some of the poetry books off their list—from first books to established writers.

 

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If You Can Tell, Poems by James McMichael

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

February 2016

 

If You Can Tell is James McMichael’s seventh collection of poetry, composed of eight poems of varied length. In this new collection, McMichael explores “God and the Word” and what it means to exist. Religious themes carry throughout his work as he writes about his mother’s illness, failed relationships, and death. His collection examines whether McMichael is devout or questions his faith and the Word of God. McMichael has been previously known for his sixth book of poetry, Capacity, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry.

 

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Observations, Poems by Marianne Moore

Edited by Linda Leavell

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

April 2016

 

Marianne Moore was a Modernist poet known for her precise language. This edition of Observations is based off of the original text published in 1925. This collection of modernist poems pre-dates the dramatic revisions done by Moore in 1925 when she cut “fifty-four poems to forty.” Her poetry, full of wit and irony, also inspired Elizabeth Bishop to challenge the accepted views of society. This devout Presbyterian plays with meter during the rise of free verse and continuously edited all of her works up until her death in 1972.

 

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The Swimmer, Poems by John Koethe

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

March 2016

 

John Koethe’s The Swimmer, dedicated to Mark Strand, is full of questions and honest answers about what it means to be living. In his tenth collection, Koethe takes the reader around the world through his lyrical poems exploring the individual. From listening to Frank Sinatra to visiting the Louvre to reading Elizabeth Bishop, Koethe dives into the unconscious mind to find the truth. He calls out poets by name and shares their influence on him in his own writings. Koethe has previously won the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Frank O’Hara Award for his writings.

 

 

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Standing Water, Poems by Eleanor Chai

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

April 2016

 

Standing Water is the first book of poetry Eleanor Chai has published with her own work. Chai has been both an editor and advisor to both poets and artists for years. Her lyrical collection is filled with precise language and follows a narrative on Chai’s own life. The image of Little Hanako is explored along with the image of a mother not present in the author’s life. Chai plays with meter and rhyme throughout her poems which all vary in size and length. Each poem studies how we look at our world.

Upcoming Books: Prodigals: Stories by Greg Jackson

By Kevin Marchand, Connections Intern

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Prodigals: Stories by Greg Jackson

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

March 2016

 

Writers like Greg Jackson continue to prove that the short story form is not dead. In his forthcoming debut collection, Prodigals, Jackson has strung together eight mind-shattering stories, a number of which formerly appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Granta, and Virginia Quarterly Review. With sentences that drive on for half a page, and a lyricism you can almost taste, Jackson’s characters navigate the deceivingly mudded waters of today’s privileged elite. Out of the eight stories, six are told from the first-person perspective, and frankly, these narrators leave nothing unsaid. As readers, we are privy to every moment of their spiritual and philosophical unraveling, and we accompany them as their relationship to reality becomes more and more fragile, their disequilibrium increasingly jarring.

 

The terms of the ensuing ride are set in the opening sentence of the first story, “Wagner in the Desert” (previously published to much fanfare in The New Yorker). “First we did molly,” the narrator explains, “lay on the thick carpet touching the pile, ourselves, one another.” At this point we know to buckle up, and Jackson doesn’t disappoint. He keeps the pedal to the medal in every story, barely leaving enough room for breathing. Indeed, by the end of most these stories, it can feel like one has just run a marathon. So in the event of profuse sweating, don’t be alarmed—you are not alone.

 

Jackson demonstrates a fondness for picking his characters up by their ears and plopping them down in settings they did not entirely ask for, with people they do not necessarily want to be with. And, predictably, this technique tends to create immediate tension, a tension Jackson sustains line to line, page to page. In perhaps the most obvious case, “Epithalamium,” the protagonist, Hara, a youngish woman in the midst of a semi-mutual divorce, arrives at her beach house to find a stranger—a college-aged, free-spirited young woman, named Lyric—living in her home. Hara wanted time alone, and now, she’s got to deal with the presence of a young woman who could not be more different than her, and in turn serves as a constant reminder of all the aspects of Hara’s own personality that she is hoping to avoid. With his unique characters and his dazzling use of language, Jackson holds us rapt as the situation continues to escalate in the most unexpected ways.

 

In the final story, “Metanarrative Breakdown,” the narrator describes a feeling that over the summer he has “been on increasingly intimate terms with . . . A vertigo of disconnection.” If I had to pick a prevailing theme that carries through from “Wagner in the Desert” to “Metanarrative Breakdown,” it would have to be this: disconnection. Although almost all the characters in Prodigals are financially well-to-do—or at the very least, comfortable—they are all spiritually bankrupt. And this, it seems, is the point Greg Jackson is trying to make about our current predicament. It is becoming increasingly difficult to connect, really connect—to feel fulfilled. In “Tanner’s Sisters,” Jackson’s narrator announces, “I don’t think I’ve ever been present with another person as deeply as I was in that moment.” For him, this is everything; for each of Jackson’s characters, this is what they long for. Yet, in most cases, they fail. Frequently, it is a challenge to pin down precisely why it is that these characters can’t seem to connect, but it’s all too clear that their hold on life—their notion of existence—is dauntingly and increasingly “tenuous.”

 

These eight stories that make up Prodigals are remarkably unsettling and shockingly beautiful. Philosophically uprooting and spiritually crucial. Greg Jackson probes the very depths of our existence, highlighting the ever-lingering sense of discontent that’s always waiting to strike, shall we let our guard down and look past the hidden beauty of a life that so often appears to be anything but.

 

 

 

 

SHORT TAKES: Upcoming Books

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Hotels of North America, by Rick Moody

Little Brown

November 2015

 

Rick Moody’s latest novel is the story of a one Reginald Edward Morse, a top reviewer on RateYourLodging.com. The novel is told through a series of Morse’s online reviews of hotels over several years. Each review offers its own story, while slowly building a larger narrative that gets pieced together through a series of revelations that come out over time in the postings. On the surface, Moody’s book is wildly funny, but once you settle in deeper, you find a very moving and brilliant account of what it means to search for dignity and love and family.

 

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The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

February 2016

Originally published in France in 2014, The Heart (Réparer les vivants) was a widely lauded, including winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire, and the Student Choice Novel of the Year. The novel, artfully translated by Sam Taylor, takes place over a twenty-four-hour period, from the moment of a fatal accident to the heart that is harvested from the victim and then transplanted. Stylistically, the prose explodes off the page, reflecting the urgency of the situation, where any and every pause is a question of life and death.

SHORT TAKES: Upcoming Books

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The Givenness of Things, by Marilynne Robinson

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

October 2015

 

Marilynne Robinson’s new collection offers seventeen essays that probe the state of humanism, theology, and morality in our contemporary culture. Readers who know Robinson through her fiction (Housekeeping, the Pulitzer Prize winning Gilead) will not be surprised at the depth and intellect that Robinson brings to her essays (a thoughtfulness well on display in the November 5 issue of the New York Review of Books, in which Robinson is interviewed by President Obama on many of the issues addressed The Givenness of Things). In looking forward to the book, we will expect to find ourselves in states of contemplation, in states of rage, and in states of hope.

 

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The Fate of Ideas: Seductions, Betrayals, Appraisals, by Robert Boyers

Columbia University Press

September 2015

 

In his most current book, noted literary and cultural critic Robert Boyers brings us essays that are as much criticism as they are memoir. As someone who has been on the frontlines of much of the intellectual culture of the past half-century, Boyers is able to take his experiences with some of the great minds of the last century and fuse them into personal essays that address specific ideas that permeate our contemporary culture, asking why some fade into fashions of the time while others define us.

Book Review: The Other Joseph by Skip Horack

By Kevin Marchand, Connections Intern

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The Other Joseph by Skip Horack

Ecco Press

March 2015

Imagine, before reaching age thirty, that you’re the last surviving member of your family. Your only brother has been lost to war; your parents ripped away a few years later by a car crash. This is precisely the situation of Roy Joseph in Skip Horack’s new novel, The Other Joseph. And things don’t let up for the young man from here.

It is clear from the start that all he wants is something to care about—someone to care about–to be needed, or even wanted. When he receives a mysterious email from a San Francisco teenager claiming to be his lost brother’s biological daughter, Roy packs up his life in Louisiana—which really only consists of himself, his car, and his dog Sam—and heads for the West Coast. Still paying for the mistakes of his past, Roy will be up against the clock in California. He will have only five days to find Joni (his brother’s alleged daughter) and convince her that it is worth maintaining contact with him; otherwise Roy will have to return to Louisiana alone, as the only surviving Joseph.

There is no underlying tone of heartache in this gripping novel; instead, it is on the surface, within every one of Roy’s thoughts and encounters, and in almost all of his memories. He tells us near the beginning of his journey: “I only have a foggy window of boyhood recollections of my brother, and every year I lose more. In maybe my last one I’m twelve years old and we’re stuck in a rainstorm together.”

The Other Joseph is a story of longing. Longing for meaning, longing for identity, for purpose and connection. Like so many characters in American literary tradition, Roy is hopeful that he will find what he’s looking for by going west. All he wants is “that the daughter and the mother might gradually grow to love me, maybe even take the Joseph name. That a man with no one but a dog might stumble upon a family.” It doesn’t take the reader long to understand that his wishes are futile, his actions desperate and hopeless. Most tragic is that we see it, while he doesn’t.

Despite the fact that we know early on that Roy’s mission is a dead one, we turn every page of The Other Joseph with increasing hope that we may be wrong. Skip Horack allows Roy’s desperate hope to become our own, and we are crushed time and again as he is beaten back by a world that seems to have no use for him. And it’s the final surprise that melts away the piece of ourselves we’ve thrown in with Roy Joseph—and what makes it worse: when it actually happens, we realize that we knew it all along.

Book Review: Find Me by Laura van den Berg

By Ryan Monahan, Connections Intern

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Find Me by Laura van den Berg

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

February 2015

 

Find Me, a first person account of America’s potential future, is Laura van den Berg’s first novel. After previously authoring two collections of stories including The Isle of Youth, van den Berg begins her first full-length tale describing a vision of America in the midst of fighting a terrifying, unstoppable pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people have been afflicted—first by losing their memory, bit by bit, swiftly followed by a bodily rash of large silver sores, signaling the brain’s rapid atrophy and death. Bizarrely, some lucky people possess immunity—one such girl, Joy Jones, in pristine health, has not shown the slightest hint of catching the disease. She is special. And a hospital, quarantining and studying people immune to the disease, recognizes her unique immunity. Along with about 100 other patients, Joy signs a 10-month contract with the hospital, launching her into daily tedium and routine broken only by the occasional traumatic appearance of the sickness in the patients.

Before the hospital, Joy lived an equally pedantic, depressing life. Abandoned by her mother at birth and completely devoid of deep human connection in her mid-20s, Joy knew nothing but dullness and monotony as a grocer at Stop & Shop, all-too-frequently strung-out on cough syrup to pass the hours. Joy, so young, had her whole life ahead of her, but she was denying herself a future. Perhaps she entered the hospital to pursue change from her dead-end life and depression? Perhaps she saw a rare chance for a stable lifestyle in a near-post-apocalyptic America? Either way, she soon wearies of the endless examinations and orders from the masked hospital staff and longs for a life away from the institution.

Watching the news in the hospital one day, Joy imagines a brighter future when she sees a possible clue to her mother’s whereabouts. She becomes determined to leave the hospital and set out to find her mother, but her adventure is fraught with danger. Even escaping the hospital poses an enormous challenge with the freezing winter howling outside, but Joy faces an even greater challenge–her past. To envision a realistic future for herself and her estranged mother, Joy has to accept the person she is now and find hope to become the person she wants to be.

The reader is taken along with Joy as she undergoes a life-changing journey, and we learn of the most intimate corners of Joy’s mind as she transforms and develops her identity.

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel takes the reader right into the center of a disease-ravaged America, but, instead of despair, paints a picture of hope. One can only hope for more novels from van den Berg, for Find Me explores the deep, universal, humanness of memory, trauma, parenthood, and the search for truth and identity.

An excerpt from the forthcoming book ‘Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur Daughter’s Fight to Free her Father’

Please come to hear and meet Jewher Ilham at our next “Talking in the Library “ program on March 23, 2015 at 4 PM in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

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An excerpt from the forthcoming book Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur Daughter’s Fight to Free her Father (University of New Orleans Press, 2105; eds. Adam Braver and Ashley Barton)


 

On February 2nd 2013, we didn’t tell anybody.

We came.

We went to the airport.

 

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My father always said, “Oh, a lot of universities in America would like me to be a professor.”

“Okay,” I said. “Okay.” I didn’t believe him. I’d thought maybe he was just saying this to impress me. He always talked like this, kind of teasing. Your dad can sing. Your dad can draw. Your dad can blah-blah-blah. I figured he was kidding when he started talking about teaching in America. One more thing.

On the evening of January 2nd, he asked me, “So, do you ever want to go to America again?” We were in our apartment in Beijing. My stepmother and two little brothers were out somewhere. I was getting ready for the winter break. It was my first year of college.

“Sure, of course I want to go again.” I’d been there once with my dance troupe when I was fourteen.

Then he looked at me with a more serious expression. “Do you want to go with me?”

I didn’t really take it as serious. My father likes to joke. Especially with me. “In the future,” I replied.

But then he showed me an invitation letter from Indiana University. It read that they were inviting him as a visiting scholar. And it said that he could take one person with him for a month. A family member. And because my stepmom couldn’t speak English, and my brothers were too little, he said I would be the best person. In the US, I could cook for him, and clean his apartment.

Maybe because I’d been to the US before, it didn’t sound as exciting. But also it was my school break. I said that. I told him, “I want to stay with my friends. We’ve been making plans.”

“Too bad. You’re coming.”

He thought I’d be super happy. America!

He added, “And we’re leaving in February.”

I didn’t want to argue with him. What could I say? Even if I’d said no, I would still have to go. It was better to say okay and make him happy, even though—and I told him this—it would be kind of boring to stay with your father in an apartment for a whole month. Cooking for him every day.

 

My father values education very highly, and so the majority of my time away from school was spent studying in my room or at the library. I had little time to sit and just talk to my father. Still, I knew that things weren’t right between my father and the government. My father began to be more involved in Uyghur issues; he saw clearly that the tensions between the Uyghur and Han Chinese were only escalating, so he created his website, Uyghur Online, as an open forum to ease the tension and create discourse across ethnic lines. At first the website was unfiltered; anyone could say anything: comment on any article and post any information. But my father was careful about these types of things; if extremists posted on his website, he was quick to take those posts down. His goal was not to incite violence or promote extremists’ points of view; his aim was to alleviate ethnic boundaries, and that could only be done through moderate reasoning and discussion. If opinions are too extreme it undermines the other perspectives, and that is never a good thing. My father was the token for moderate voices. But the government, they didn’t see him this way.

 

 

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At the airport, they led us to a small room with a camera. Actually they took him.

“Where are you taking my father?” I pleaded, following them.

They ignored me. They wouldn’t talk to me at all.

 

Just moments earlier, we’d been standing in line, waiting to be called to the last step before boarding—having our passports stamped.

I went first with no problem. They looked up some information on the computer, and then called me forward. It only took a second. But when I looked back, my father was waiting there, still waiting to be called.

One minute.

Two minutes.

Then it had turned to ten minutes.

When my father asked what was happening, the immigration officials would repeat, We are checking, we are checking.

Finally they told my father, “Please come with us.”

“Why should I come with you?” he said. “I have done everything legally. I have all the documents. Why do you want me come with you? If you want to say anything, just say it here!” My father explained to them that our flight was waiting to board; that we had to go now, if we were going to make it.

I thought, what happens if we are not able to go there?

The immigration officer, a young man, said that if we were allowed to continue on, he’d make sure we’d still catch the flight. Don’t worry. And then they began to lead my father away.

I heard him ask, “What about my luggage? . . . What about my luggage?”

When they didn’t reply, he asked me about the bag.

I said, “Dad, is it really the time to think about that?”

“They’re not going to let me go right now,” he said. “You go ahead.” It was just a temporary hold up; he just didn’t want his baggage left behind.

I ended up with his suitcase. I hadn’t realized it would be so heavy.

 

I still have it. His shoes. His jackets. His sweaters. They all are with me.

Every time somebody asks, Who did you come to America with? I say, it was supposed to be my father. They say, Is he coming?

I think so, I tell them. I have his suitcase waiting.

 

And I followed them. That’s how we’d ended up in the room.

I was so scared! My father was such a strict man. Nobody argued with him. Never ever. But now I was seeing someone pulling my father so roughly.

“Why are you talking to my father? Why are you doing this to him?”

I was so freaked out.

So angry.

And so afraid.

My father looked at me. “Don’t cry,” he commanded. He saw my tears welling. They could fall at any moment. “Don’t cry.”

Because I never faced this kind of situation before I was scared I would forget everything. If they are mistreating my father, I thought, I have to have evidence. So I turned on my phone. And I began to record.

It was a very small room with no windows, like the size of a bathroom. There was one camera. Two chairs without backs. And one guy who kept watch, sitting with us, making sure I would not run away.

“Why you are doing this to me?” my father said to the guard. “I have everything authorized.”

“We only are following the legal steps.”

My father looked like he could burst. “I have the full legal steps. Why don’t you let me go?”

“We are checking. We are checking.”

We sat there for two hours in that little room in the Beijing airport, listening to the immigration officers repeat we are checking, we are checking.

All I could think is: What is going on? How are they going to treat us? Are we going to jail?

We only had to do was get on the plane. Then we could go to Indiana. It should have been so simple.

We didn’t do anything wrong.

I was so confused. My mind went very messy.

 

Book Review: TurtleFace and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

By Kevin Marchand, Connections Intern

 

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TurtleFace and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

February 2015

 

The world you’ll find in the pages of Arthur Bradford’s new short story collection, TurtleFace and Beyond, is certainly a bizarre one. And yet it is somehow perfectly believable. By the end you can’t help but feel saddened at the thought of leaving it.

Bradford should be considered one of the contemporary masters of the short story form. For thirteen stories you follow the life of Georgie, as he tries to make his way through a disconnected world of selfish friends and outright absurdity. Of course, it doesn’t help that Georgie is a complete doormat and is constantly allowing himself to be manipulated by those around him; dragged headfirst into the most ridiculous situations one could possibly imagine. Take, for example, the title story when he gets stuck watching over a strange 217 pound dog. All we can ask is how? And when we open up to the story “Lost Limbs” Georgie tells us, “It wasn’t until my second date with Lenore that I discovered one of her arms was missing.” Wow.

Moments like this are precisely why we love Georgie. We might slap our forehead as we watch him try to suck the venom out of a stranger’s leg in the car on his way to a wedding (obviously smearing blood all over his nice shirt… for which he has characteristically forgotten a tie), but still we love him. And this isn’t anywhere close to the craziest situation Georgie gets himself into. Throughout the collection we see Georgie high on LSD with his friend’s sick infant in his arms, or nursing a wounded turtle back to health, or prematurely ejaculating all over the face of a girl in Thailand during an unexpected and overwhelming threesome.

Again, the head slap.

If you like strange then this is definitely the book for you. Bradford’s writing style is poignant and engaging and right to the point. His dialogue is at times outrageous, but somehow perfect. There is no time to question what is going on because he drags you along at the same dizzying speed as Georgie’s life is dragging him. You’ll find yourself feeling all the emotions that Georgie should be feeling but seemingly can’t comprehend or else doesn’t care to explore. And when you put the book down and start watching TV or doing the laundry, you’ll surely just stop and think, “Oh, Georgie.”

Upcoming Books in Brief

By Abby DeVeuve, Connections Intern

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Once in the West, Poems by Christian Wiman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2014

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.

 

570_torrenteFather and Son: A Lifetime, by Marcos Giralt Torrente
Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

September 2014

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.

 

selected-poems-978144723155401Sailing the Forest, Selected Poems by Robin Robertson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2014

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.

 

 

 

SmartReads_ParkerThings to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, by Matt Parker
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2014

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!

 

 

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Translated from the Italian by Virginia Jewiss
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

November 2014

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.

 

 

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Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

January 2015

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.