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Friday Reads: Haiku

In a world swirling with words… the haiku offers refreshment: three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables which capture the essence of a moment in time. Haiku is an ancient Japanese form mastered by Basho and Issa, brought to the West in the 20th century and celebrated by imagist poets such as HD and Ezra Pound. National Poetry Month seems a fine time to showcase some of our best Haiku collections. Reading some of these might even inspire a haiku or two in you.

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  Love Haiku by LOVE HAIKU: JAPANESE POEMS OF YEARNING, PASSION, AND REMEMBRANCE edited and translated by Patricia Donegan, Yoshie Ishibashi Haiku is celebrated as a concise form of poetry able to convey a singular moment with great clarity. While haiku most often depicts the natural world, when focused on the elements of love and sensuality, haiku can be a powerful vehicle for evoking the universal experience of love. In this elegant anthology, love is explored through beautiful images that evoke a range of feelings--from the longing of a lover to the passion of a romantic relationship. Written by contemporary Japanese poets as well as by haiku masters such as Basho, Buson, and Issa, these poems share not only the haiku poets' vision for love, but their vision of the poignant moments that express it.   The Pocket HaikuTHE POCKET HAIKU edited by Sam Hamill In this quintessential collection of haiku, translator Sam Hamill has compiled the best from the tradition, spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular focus on the three great masters: Basho, Buson, and Issa. Based on images from nature, the poems address the themes of joy, temporality, beauty, wonder, loneliness, and loss.   Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times by Matsuo BashoMOON WOKE ME UP NINE TIMES SELECTED HAIKU OF BASHO by Matsuo Basho, translated by David Young Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant mountains/ I watch both," he writes. David Young, acclaimed translator and Knopf poet, writes in his introduction to this selection, "This poet's consciousness affiliates itself with crickets, islands, monkeys, snowfalls, moonscapes, flowers, trees, and ceremonies...Waking and sleeping, alone and in company, he moves through the world, delighting in its details." Young's translations are bright, alert, musically perfect, and rich in tenderness toward their maker.   The Art of Haiku by Stephen AddissTHE ART OF HAIKU: ITS HISTORY THROUGH POEMS AND PAINTINGS by Japanese Masters by Stephen Addiss In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. Here one of the leading haiku scholars of the West takes us on a tour of haiku poetry’s evolution, providing along the way a wealth of examples of the poetry and the art inspired by it.   Morning Haiku by Sonia SanchezMORNING HAIKU by Sonia Sanchez From a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement, poems of commemoration and loss for readers of all ages. This is a collection of haiku that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism.     A White Tea Bowl by Mitsu SuzukiA WHITE TEA BOWL: 100 HAIKU FROM 100 YEARS OF LIFE by Mitsu Suzuki, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Kate McCandless Mitsu Suzuki is the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the Zen monk who founded the San Francisco Zen Center and helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States. A White Tea Bowl is a selection of her poems, written after her return to Japan in 1993. These 100 haiku were chosen by editor Kazuaki Tanahashi and translated by Zen teacher Kate McCandless to celebrate Mitsu's 100th birthday on April 27, 2014.   Haiku by HAIKU edited Peter Washington (Everyman’s Library edition) The pioneering translator R. H. Blyth believed that the spirit of haiku is present in all great poetry; inspired by him, the editor of this volume has included lines from such poets as Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Thoreau, and Hopkins, presented here in haiku form. Following them are haiku and haiku-influenced poems of the twentieth century–from Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro” to William Carlos Williams’s “Prelude to Winter,” and from the irreverence of Jack Kerouac to the lyricism of Langston Hughes. The result is a collection as compact, dynamic, and scintillating as the form itself.   Book of Haikus by Jack KerouacBOOK OF HAIKUS by Jack Kerouac, edited by Regina Weinreich Highlighting a lesser-known aspect of one of America's most influential authors, this collection displays Jack Kerouac's interest in and mastery of haiku. In this collection, Kerouac scholar Regina Weinreich supplements an incomplete draft of a haiku manuscript found in Kerouac's archives with a generous selection of Kerouac's other haiku, from both published and unpublished sources. With more than 500 poems, this is a must-have volume for Kerouac enthusiasts everywhere.   On Love and Barley by Matsuo BashoON LOVE AND BARLEY: HAIKU OF BASHO by Matsuo Basho, Lucien Stryk Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a life-long traveler. His poems combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature. Basho himself enjoyed solitude and a life free from possessions, and his haiku are the work of an observant eye and a meditative mind, uncluttered by materialism and alive to the beauty of the world around him.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   Haiku Baby by Betsy E. SnyderHAIKU BABY by Betsy E. Snyder Betsy Snyder’s beloved tabbed board book celebrates the seasons in haiku! in tickly-toe grass a buttercup offers up yellow nose kisses The simple delights in baby’s natural world—a bird, a fish, a leaf, a snowflake, a raindrop—are celebrated in the traditional Japanese poetic form, the haiku. In just 17 syllables, a moment, a season, the elements are joyfully captured. Betsy Snyder’s peaceful little board book has tabs to encourage little hands to turn the pages and adorable artwork to delight everyone!   I Haiku You by Betsy E. SnyderI HAIKU YOU by Betsy E. Snyder This gift-worthy little picture book of haiku by award-winner Betsy Snyder is something adults will love as much as they'll enjoy sharing it with the youngest listeners.     For more on these and related titles visit the edelweiss collection Haiku
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Friday Reads: Eudora Welty

“People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs, and it is difficult to say what makes them onions or hyacinths.” ― Eudora Welty

 

 

For this week’s Friday Reads we are casting our gaze on Pulitzer-prize winning Southern writer Eudora Welty who was born this day, April 13th, 1901 and passed away in 2001. Welty was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South and has inspired many writers. Her novel THE OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. Welty’s house in Jackson, Mississippi has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as a house museum.

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The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora WeltyTHE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER by Eudora Welty This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel tells the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Along in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.   On Writing by Eudora WeltyON WRITING by Eudora Welty Eudora Welty was one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary figures. For as long as students have been studying her fiction as literature, writers have been looking to her to answer the profound questions of what makes a story good, a novel successful, a writer an artist. On Writing presents the answers in seven concise chapters discussing the subjects most important to the narrative craft, and which every fiction writer should know, such as place, voice, memory, and language. But even more important is what Welty calls “the mystery” of fiction writing—how the writer assembles language and ideas to create a work of art.   LOSING BATTLES by Eudora WeltyLOSING BATTLES by Eudora Welty Three generations of Granny Vaughn's descendants gather at her Mississippi home to celebrate her 90th birthday. Possessed of the true storyteller's gift, the members of this clan cannot resist the temptation to swap tales.     The Eye of the Story by Eudora WeltyTHE EYE OF THE STORY: SELECTED ESSAYS AND REVIEWS by Eudora Welty Much like her highly acclaimed One Writer's Beginnings, The Eye of the Story offers Eudora Welty's invaluable meditations on the art of writing. In addition to seven essays on craft, this collection brings together her penetrating and instructive commentaries on a wide variety of individual writers, including Jane Austen, E. M. Forster, Willa Cather, Anton Chekhov, William Faulkner, and Virginia Woolf.   Eudora Welty: Complete Novels (LOA #101) by Eudora WeltyEUDORA WELTY: COMPLETE NOVELS (Library of America) by Eudora Welty, edited by Richard Ford and Michael Kreyling Includes: The Robber Bridegroom / Delta Wedding / The Ponder Heart / Losing Battles / The Optimist's Daughter One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, Eudora Welty’s novels and stories blend the storytelling tradition of the South with a modernist sensibility attuned to the mysteries and ambiguities of experience. In this Library of America volume and its companion, Welty explores the complex abundance of southern, and particularly Southern women’s, lives with an artistry that Salman Rushdie has called “impossible to overpraise.” In a career spanning five decades, she chronicled her own Mississippi with a depth and intensity matched only by William Faulkner.   Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays, & Memoirs (LOA #102) by Eudora WeltyEUDORA WELTY: STORIES, ESSAYS, & MEMOIRS (Library of America) by Eudora Welty; edited by Richard Ford and Michael Kreyling Stories, Essays and Memoir presents Welty’s collected short stories, an astonishing body of work that has made her one of the most respected writers of short fiction. Also included are two stories from the 1960s, notably “Where Is the Voice Coming From?”, based on the shooting of Medgar Evers.   Eudora Welty by Ann WaldronEUDORA WELTY: A WRITER'S LIFE by Ann Waldron Elegant and authoritative, this first biography to chart the life of a national treasure is a must-have for Welty fans and scholars everywhere. Eudora Welty is a beloved institution of Southern fiction and American literature, whose closely guarded privacy has prevented a full-scale study of her life and work--until now. A significant contribution to the world of letters, Ann Waldron's biography chronicles the history and achievements of one of our greatest living authors, from a Mississippi childhood to the sale of her first short story, from her literary friendships with Katherine Anne Porter and Elizabeth Bowen to her rivalry with Carson McCullers.   Watch Penguin Random House author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie give the 2017 Eudora Welty/Pen-Faulkner Lecture here   For more on featured Eudora Welty titles visit: Welty Friday Reads
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Friday Reads: Virtual Reality

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is a hit, pulling in $181 million worldwide in box office receipts during its inaugural weekend. The attention has reinvigorated the screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s second novel, Armada. Thus, for this week’s Friday Reads installment we invite you to discover fantastic books with virtual reality themes, including nonfiction!

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  Ready Player One by Ernest ClineREADY PLAYER ONE (MOVIE TIE-IN): A NOVEL by Ernest Cline The bestselling cult classic—basis of the major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.   Armada by Ernest ClineARMADA by Ernest Cline A cinematic, inventive, heartwarming, and completely nerdtastic adventure from the bestselling author of Ready Player One It’s just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He’s daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom—if he can make it that long without getting suspended again.Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer…   Virtual Reality by Jack ChallonerVIRTUAL REALITY by Jack Challoner A children’s book that explores the realities of virtual reality, explaining what VR is and how it works, and even includes an app download for five exclusive VR experiences and a cardboard viewer with stickers to make it your own.   Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten MillerOTHERWORLD by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller imagine a world in which you can leave your body behind and give into your greatest desires in the first book in a fast-paced trilogy perfect for fans of the hit HBO show Westworld and anyone interested in the terrifying possibilities of the future of technology.   Death by Video Game by Simon ParkinDEATH BY VIDEO GAME: DANGER, PLEASURE, AND OBSESSION ON THE VIRTUAL FRONTLINE by Simon Parkin “The finest book on video games yet. Simon Parkin thinks like a critic, conjures like a novelist, and writes like an artist at the height of his powers—which, in fact, he is.” —Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter     Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Tom SweterlitschTOMORROW AND TOMORROW by Tom Sweterlitsch In this “wild mash-up of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, and William S. Burroughs”*, a man who uses virtual reality to escape the horror of his dystopian world becomes obsessed with a mystery that could drive him mad.     For even more on these and related titles visit the collection: Virtual Reality
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Friday Reads: Sugar

April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

                                                     – T.S. Eliot

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  It’s not just to honor April’s National Poetry Month that we quote Eliot.  As we embark on a weekend of holidays, the start of Passover and Easter Sunday, it may seem cruel to focus on the problems with sugar as you are preparing your Seder desserts or Easter Baskets. Still, the science is sound that sugar is our diet’s worst foe. Yet the wisdom of “everything in moderation” still sticks, and our publishing reflects that. To accompany the research, we’ve selected books with delicious, low – or no - sugar recipes. Let the reading, mixing and stirring begin!   The Case Against Sugar by Gary TaubesTHE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Taubes delves into Americans’ history with sugar and explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.   The Sweet Spot by Bill Yosses and Peter KaminskyTHE SWEET SPOT: DIALING BACK SUGAR AND AMPING UP FLAVOR by Bill Yosses, Peter Kaminsky The former White House pastry chef for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama presents a healthy, delicious collection of dessert recipes including Kabocha Persimmon Pie, Matcha Green Tea Roll with Fresh Berries and Cream, Alfonso Mango Cake, Lemon Kaffir Semifreddo, and Coconut Chocolate Apricot Cookies. All are designed to bring diners to their bliss point more quickly, so they can have their cake…and eat it too. Complete with professional tips for ensuring that each confection is a treat for the eye as well, The Sweet Spot will have cooks thinking about dessert in a whole new way.   Zero Sugar Diet by David Zinczenko and Stephen PerrineZERO SUGAR DIET: THE 14-DAY PLAN TO FLATTEN YOUR BELLY, CRUSH CRAVINGS, AND HELP KEEP YOU LEAN FOR LIFE by David Zinczenko, Stephen Perrine By replacing empty calories with essential ones—swapping in whole foods and fiber and swapping out added sugars—you’ll conquer your cravings and prevent the blood sugar surge that leads to some of the worst health scourges in America today, including abdominal fat, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, liver disease, fatigue, and tooth decay.   INCREDIBLE SUGAR-FREE BAKES by Caroline Griffiths This is a sweet baking book with a difference—all of the recipes are free from harmful sugars. Not that you’d notice it, of course—the recipes are triple-tested and completely delicious!  Caroline Griffiths has added natural sweetness using whole fruits and vegetables and, sometimes, other non-fructose sweeteners, including rice malt syrup, dextrose, and stevia. All of the recipes in this book contain less sugar than their traditional equivalent (many are completely sugar free)—while half the recipes are also gluten-free. The seventy simple-to-create recipes in the book show the diversity of sweet baking—from classic cookies to incredible baked desserts and show-stopping celebration cakes.   I Quit Sugar by Sarah WilsonI QUIT SUGAR by Sarah Wilson A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your mood, and overall health, with 108 sugar-free recipes.     For even more on the subject of sugar visit: SUGAR
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Friday Reads: Spring Reading

Current conditions to the contrary, Spring sprang this week! Or so our calendars tell us. We are readers, we are patient: It won’t be long before snow and rain yield to sun and blooms. To cultivate that feeling of renewal this weekend (one likely spent indoors), we invite you to enjoy the following books for children and adults, all under the auspices of “Spring”!

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  Spring Garden by TOMOKA SHIBASAKISPRING GARDEN by Tomoka Shibasaki, Polly Barton Winner of the Akutagawa Prize, part of our Japanese novella series, showcasing the best contemporary Japanese writing. Divorced and cut off from his family, Taro lives alone in one of the few occupied apartments in his block, a block that is to be torn down as soon as the remaining tenants leave. Since the death of his father, Taro keeps to himself, but is soon drawn into an unusual relationship with the woman upstairs, Nishi, as she passes on the strange tale of the sky-blue house next door.   The Great Spring by Natalie GoldbergTHE GREAT SPRING: WRITING, ZEN, AND THIS ZIGZAG LIFE by Natalie Goldberg From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again.     Springing by Marie PonsotSPRINGING: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS by Marie Ponsot From the award-winning poet of The Bird Catcher, this life-spanning volume offers the delight of both discovery and re-discovery, as Ponsot tends the unruly garden of her mind with her customary care and passion. The book opens with a group of new poems, including “What Would You Like to Be When You Grow Up?”—a question that has kept Ponsot’s work vital for more than five decades.   The Language of Spring by THE LANGUAGE OF SPRING: POEMS FOR THE SEASON OF RENEWAL Selected by Robert Atwan; Introduction by Maxine Kumin The Language of Spring collects some thirty of the most evocative English-language poems on the experience of spring. The poems range from the traditional and formal (Gerard Manley Hopkins’s "Spring" and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s "English Sparrows") to the contemporary, experimental, and diverse (Henry Reed"s "Naming of Parts," Marie Ponsot"s "Mauve," and William Carlos Williams"s "The Widow"s Lament in Springtime"). Each poem beautifully illuminates another small spot of time in the enthralling season of renewal.   SPRING SNOW by Yukio MishimaSPRING SNOW: THE SEA OF FERTILITY, 1 by Yukio Mishima Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow is the first novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic tale of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae.     The Fires of Spring by James A. MichenerTHE FIRES OF SPRING: A NOVEL by James A. Michener An intimate early novel from James A. Michener, now remembered as the beloved master of the historical epic, The Fires of Spring unfolds with the bittersweet drama of a boy’s perilous journey into manhood. Featuring autobiographical touches from Michener’s own life story, The Fires of Spring is more than a novel: It’s a rich slice of American life, brimming with wisdom, longing, and compassion.   COMING IN MAY! Spring by Karl Ove KnausgaardSPRING by Karl Ove Knausgaard Spring follows a father and his newborn daughter through one day in April, from sunrise to sunset. A day filled with everyday routine, the beginnings of life and its light, but also its deep struggles and its darkness. Third in Knausgaard’s seasonal quartet, Spring is a deeply moving novel about family, our everyday lives, our joys and our struggles, beautifully illustrated by Anna Bjerger.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   Waiting for Spring 1 by AnashinWAITING FOR SPRING 1 by Anashin Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include…love?   The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne BirdsallTHE PENDERWICKS IN SPRING by Jeanne Birdsall Springtime is finally arriving on Gardam Street, and there are surprises in store for each member of the family. Some surprises are just wonderful, like neighbor Nick Geiger coming home from war. And some are ridiculous, like Batty’s new dog-walking business. Batty is saving up her dog-walking money for an extra-special surprise for her family, which she plans to present on her upcoming birthday. But when some unwelcome surprises make themselves known, the best-laid plans fall apart.   Cherry Blossoms Say SpringCHERRY BLOSSOMS SAY SPRING by Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Kids) Cherry Blossoms Say Spring looks at the life cycle of a cherry tree, the history behind the gift of the Japanese cherry trees to our nation's capital, and the association of cherry trees and spring. Vibrant scenes from the Cherry Blossom Festival and the flood of visitors to the Tidal Basin are balanced with shots of the natural beauty of these trees.   Spring Blossoms by Carole GerberSPRING BLOSSOMS by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans During a stroll through the forest, two children come across the small and white flowers on a crab apple tree, the rich, red buds on a red maple, and many more. Along the way, readers learn that some trees have both male and female flowers—each with a distinctive appearance. Told in lyrical rhymes with beautiful linoleum-cut illustrations, Spring Blossoms offers a unique blend of science, poetry, and art studies.   For more on these and other titles of the season visit  SPRING READING
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Friday Reads: Fresh Out of Ireland

“Everybody knows deep down that life is as much about the things that do not happen as the things that do and that’s not something that ought to be glossed over or denied because without frustration there would hardly be any need to daydream.”
― Claire-Louise BennettPond

Is there more fertile soil for a writer than that of Ireland? The names come easy – Joyce, Yeats, O’Brien, Wilde, Binchy, Doyle, Shaw, Heaney, Trevor, Banville, Barry, French – to name a handful.  On this St. Patrick’s Day though, let’s pull a pint for some of the newest Irish storytellers on the scene:

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  The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBrideTHE LESSER BOHEMIANS: A NOVEL by Eimear McBride Upon her arrival in London, an 18-year-old Irish girl begins anew as a drama student, with all the hopes of any young actress searching for the fame she’s always dreamed of. She struggles to fit in—she’s young and unexotic, a naive new girl—but soon she forges friendships and finds a place for herself in the   Conversations with Friends by Sally RooneyCONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Sally Rooney An intimate, sharply intelligent debut novel about two college students and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple. Set in Dublin, this is a startlingly intimate novel written with gem-like precision, probing intelligence and wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth.     Pond by Claire-Louise BennettPOND by Claire-Louise Bennett In this enchanting and completely original debut, an unnamed young woman—wry, somewhat misanthropic, keenly observant—chronicles her life on the outskirts of a small coastal village. The charms of bananas and oatcakes in the morning and Spanish oranges after sex; the small pleasures and anxieties of throwing a party, exchanging salacious emails with a new lover, sitting in the bath as it storms outside. Broken oven knobs prompt a meditation on survival that’s both haunting and playful; a sunset walk leads to an unsettling encounter with a herd of cows; the discovery of an old letter recalls an impossible affair.   All We Shall Know by Donal RyanALL WE SHALL KNOW: A NOVEL by Donal Ryan Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. 33 years-old, she finds herself pregnant with the child of a 17 year-old Traveller boy, Martin Toppy, and not by her husband Pat. Melody was teaching Martin to read, but now he’s gone, and Pat leaves too, full of rage. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming, while the past won’t let her go. What she did to her best friend Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It’s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a bold young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody’s life.   The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerneyTHE GLORIOUS HERESIES: A NOVEL by Lisa McInerney A Baileys Prize-winning novel about shame and salvation in modern Ireland. When grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone. The consequences of this unplanned murder connect four misfits struggling against their meager circumstances. Biting and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies presents an unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation still awaits in the most unexpected places.   Beatlebone by Kevin BarryBEATLEBONE by Kevin Barry A searing, surreal novel that bleeds fantasy and reality—and Beatles fandom—from one of literature’s most striking contemporary voices. Beatlebone is a remarkable feat of narrative, language, and literary imagination that marries the most improbable element to the most striking effect.     Miss Emily by Nuala O'ConnorMISS EMILY: A NOVEL by Nuala O'Connor Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon is the plucky new maid for the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada, newly arrived from Ireland, strikes up a deep friendship with thirty-six-year-old Emily Dickinson, the gifted middle child. Miss Emily is a bastion of support as Ada struggles to find her place in this new world, but Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons to help her friend, with shocking consequences. One of America’s most beloved and reclusive poets is vividly brought to life through her own voice in this brilliant novel.   Care for a witty chaser? Irish Wit, Wisdom and Humor by Gerd De LeyIRISH WIT, WISDOM AND HUMOR: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF IRISH JOKES, ONE-LINERS & WITTY SAYINGS edited by Gerd De Ley “Ireland sober is Ireland stiff.” Irish Wit, Wisdom & Humor collects over 1000 witticisms, musings, deep thoughts, and one-liners from and about Ireland and its people. It features hundreds of authors, poets, comedians, actors, politicians and many more that best represent the Emerald Isle including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bono, Edna O’Brien, C.S. Lewis, Sinead O’Connor, George Bernard Shaw, and many others.   For more on these and other Irish titles visit the collection St. Patrick’s Day 2018
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Friday Reads: Women of Color

This week we’re celebrating Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (3/8), with books by women of color.  Women’s history is still under-discussed and undervalued, doubly so when it comes to the history of women of color.  So we’re highlighting some of our recent favorite titles, bringing these women’s stories and perspectives to the front, where they belong. 

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  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgLITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.     Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club) by Imbolo MbueBEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.     Lucky Boy by Shanthi SekaranLUCKY BOY by Shanthi Sekaran  In this astonishing novel, Shanthi Sekaran gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. Soli, a young undocumented Mexican woman in Berkeley, CA, finds that motherhood offers her an identity in a world where she’s otherwise invisible. When she is placed in immigrant detention, her son comes under the care of Kavya, an Indian-American wife overwhelmed by her own impossible desire to have a child. As Soli fights for her son, Kavya builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.   The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryTHE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guilory A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.       Homegoing by Yaa GyasiHOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.   COMING IN APRIL! The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth WeilTHE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS by Clemantine Wmariya and Elizabeth Weil Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.   FOR YOUNGER READERS The Night Diary by Veera HiranandaniTHE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India’s partition, and of one girl’s journey to find a new home in a divided country.     COMING IN MAY! Amal Unbound by Aisha SaeedAMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed Aisha Saeed’s middle-grade debut tells the compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.     There are many, many more books to be found in the edelweiss collection Women!
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Friday Reads: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

– Dr. Seuss

Is there a wocket in your pocket? Did you have green eggs and ham this morning? Today, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday – celebrated nationwide with NEA’s Read Across America events in schools, libraries and bookstores. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of the beloved children’s author. Here’s a treasure-trove of Seuss for the party!

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Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. SeussHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Bigger than New Year’s, the Fourth of July, and Halloween all rolled into one, birthdays are for celebrating with Dr. Seuss in his first all-color picture book, Happy Birthday to You! Fly with the Great Birthday Bird in this fantastical commemoration of YOU! And make the most of your special day, which only comes once a year!   Imagine That! by Judy SierraIMAGINE THAT by Judy Serra; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes A lively new picture-book biography of the most beloved children’s book author of all time: Dr. Seuss! Have you ever wondered how the great Dr. Seuss wrote his most famous book? Did you know that for The Cat in the Hat, he wasn’t allowed to make up the fun words he was known for—like OOBLECK and IT-KUTCH and HIPPO-NO-HUNGUS? He was only allowed to use words from a very strict list! This bouncy account of the early career of Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel) proves that sometimes limitations can be the best inspiration of all. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. SeussTHE CAT IN THE HAT Cat fanciers rejoice! Available for the first time is a picture book-size, jacketed edition of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss—the classic, deliciously anarchic story of a giant cat in a hat whose unexpected arrival turns a dull, rainy day into a madcap adventure. Although written for beginning readers, The Cat in the Hat makes an ideal read-aloud for children of all ages. Highly collectible, it’s a purr-fect gift for Seuss fans of all ages!   Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. SeussOH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.   The Lorax by Dr. SeussTHE LORAX Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever.   You're Only Old Once by Dr. SeussYOU’RE ONLY OLD ONCE!: A BOOK FOR OBSOLETE CHILDREN: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION With his unmistakable rhymes and signature illustration style, Dr. Seuss creates a classic picture-book ode to aging in You’re Only Old Once! On a visit to “the Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair,” readers will laugh with familiar horror at the poking and prodding and testing and ogling that go hand in hand with the dreaded appellation of “senior citizen.” Though Dr. Seuss is known for his peerless work in books for children, this comical look at what it’s like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years.   The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss by Charles CohenTHE SEUSS, THE WHOLE SEUSS AND NOTHING BUT THE SEUSS: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY OF THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL by Charles Cohen; Ages 8 to 12 Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and a madcap menagerie of the best-loved children’s characters of all time, stands alone as the preeminent figure of children’s literature. But Geisel was a private man who was happier at the drawing table than he was across from any reporter or would-be biographer. Under the thoughtful scrutiny of Charles D. Cohen, Geisel’s lesser known works yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century’s most original thinkers.   Who Was Dr. Seuss? by Janet B. Pascal and Who HQWHO WAS DR. SEUSS? By Janet Pascal, Nancy Harrison; Ages 8 to 12 Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books- like his classic The Cat in the Hat. This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings an amazingly gifted author/illustrator to life.   Your Favorite Seuss by Dr. SeussYOUR FAVORITE SEUSS From his very first book to his very last book, here in one big volume are 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, everyone’s favorites. All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry StreetHorton Hears a Who!McElligot’s PoolIf I Ran the ZooHappy Birthday to You!Dr. Seuss’s Sleep BookYertle the TurtleThe Cat in the HatHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!Green Eggs and HamThe LoraxThe Sneetches, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!   Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out...and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. SeussSEUSS-ISMS! A GUIDE TO LIFE FOR THOSE JUST STARTING OUT…AND THOSE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes. With over sixty pages of cherished Seuss art and quotes from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and many more, this humorous and inspiring collection is, indeed, perfect for those just starting out…or those who are already on their way! For more on these and other Seuss titles visit the collection: Dr. Seuss Read Across America Visit the fabulous http://www.seussville.com/ for activities, videos and everything Seuss!
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Friday Reads: The Year of the Dog

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

February 16th marked the first day in China’s traditional lunar calendar and is the country’s most important holiday with colorful celebrations that culminate with The Lantern Festival on March 2nd.  2018 is the Year of the Dog and, running with that lead, we are unleashing classic and contemporary canine stories for the occasion – all ages welcome!

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  Beloved Dog by Maira KalmanBELOVED DOG by Maira Kalman With her trademark style, wit, and with great sensitivity, renowned arist and author Maira Kalman reveals why dogs bring out the best in us.     Dog Love by Ann DeVitoDOG LOVE by Ann DeVito In Dog Love, Ann DeVito brings man’s best friend to life with a collection of vibrant illustrations and snappy descriptions that pay loving homage to pups from all walks of life—no pun intended—from sophisticated, recognized breeds to lovable mutts and everything in between. DeVito’s distinctively bold, whimsical art combined with fun facts and famous quotes results in an elegant book that will delight dog lovers of all kinds.   Dog Songs by Mary OliverDOG SONGS: POEMS by Mary Oliver Threaded throughout Mary Oliver’s many collections, there have always been dogs. Beloved by her readers, special to the poet’s own heart, the dog poems offer a special window into Mary Oliver’s universe. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will here come to colorful life.   A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue HalpernA DOG WALKS INTO A NURSING HOME: LESSONS IN THE GOOD LIFE FROM AN UNLIKELY TEACHER by Sue Halpern Pransky was bored: she needed a job. And so Sue Halpern decided to give herself and her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy-dog team. Pransky proved to be not only a terrific therapist, but an unerring moral compass as well.   Soldier Dogs by Maria GoodavageSOLDIER DOGS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA'S CANINE HEROES by Maria Goodavage A leading reporter offers a tour of military working dogs’ extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them.     You Had Me at Woof by Julie KlamYOU HAD ME AT WOOF: HOW DOGS TAUGHT ME THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS by Julie Klam The New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman's discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions. Klam shares how her love for dogs and the lessons she's learned caring for them has shaped her heart.   The Call of the Wild by Jack LondonTHE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London The classic survival story by Jack London in a beautiful hardcover edition Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?   Dog Stories by DOG STORIES edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Dog Stories rounds up a pack of vivid and colorful stories about man’s best friend by a wide range of great writers, from Mark Twain and Anton Chekhov to Patricia Highsmith and Jonathan Lethem. Here are stories that touchingly illuminate the dog’s role in the emotional lives of humans, such as Tobias Wolff’s “Her Dog,” in which a widower shares his grief for his wife with her grieving pet. Here, too, are humorous glimpses of the canine point of view, from O. Henry’s tale of a dissatisfied lapdog’s escape to P. G. Wodehouse’s cheerfully naïve watchdog who simply wants everybody to get along. These writers and others—Ray Bradbury, Doris Lessing, Thomas McGuane, Rick Bass, James Salter, and Penelope Lively among them—offer imaginative, lyrical, and empathetic portraits of humanity’s most devoted companion.   WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson RawlsWHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.   The Incredible Journey by Sheila BurnfordTHE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Sheila Burnford An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their owner in this truly “incredible” adventure. Instinct tells them that the way home lies to the west and together the three house pets face hunger, the natural elements, and wild forest animals as they make their way home to the family they love. This timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner inspired the movie “Homeward Bound.”   For more on these and Chinese New Year-related titles visit: Year of the Dog
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Friday Reads: President's Day

On Monday, February 19th we celebrate President’s Day. Did you know that President’s Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president? Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but their birthdays all come either too early or late to coincide with Presidents’ Day, which is always celebrated on the third Monday of the month since 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act: “an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers…” It’s a great occasion to learn something new by reading the following acclaimed adult and children’s nonfiction: 

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  The Speeches & Writings of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham LincolnTHE SPEECHES & WRITINGS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN (The Library of America Collection) Edited by the late historian Don E. Fehrenbacher, these two books include all Lincoln’s significant works from the entirety of his public life, including both sides of the complete Lincoln-Douglas debates, dozens of speeches, hundreds of personal and political letters, communications to the generals in the field, presidential messages and proclamations, poems, and private reflections on democracy, slavery, and the meaning of the Civil War’s immense suffering. This is the definitive Lincoln for the general reader, “a momentous and thrilling addition to any private library” in the words of the great literary critic Alfred Kazin.   Friends Divided by Gordon S. WoodFRIENDS DIVIDED: JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON by Gordon S. Wood A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 From the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America’s most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.   Grant by Ron ChernowGRANT by Ron Chernow America’s greatest biographer, brings to life a moving portrait of one of our finest, most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.   Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel PhilbrickVALIANT AMBITION: GEORGE WASHINGTON, BENEDICT ARNOLD, AND THE FATE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Nathaniel Philbrick From the New York Times bestselling historian comes a surprising account of the messy middle years of the Revolution and the tragic relationship of George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents by Brianna DuMontWEIRD BUT TRUE KNOW-IT-ALL: U.S. PRESIDENTS by Brianna DuMont What’s so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse – twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let’s not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled “Yankee Doodle Dandy” duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you’ll have a blast learning that there’s a lot of substance – and weirdness – in every president’s past.   The Presidents Visual Encyclopedia by DKTHE PRESIDENTS VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (DK Children) From George Washington to Donald Trump, this visual reference guide presents a unique insight into life in the White House. More than 150 easy-to-read entries cover the presidents, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Louisiana Purchase, the Gettysburg Address, and more, and over 200 fascinating photographs add to kids’ knowledge of these leaders and the key moments that defined their time in office.   George Washington's Spies (Totally True Adventures) by Claudia FriddellGEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPIES (Totally True Adventures) by Claudia Friddell During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington (AKA “Agent 711”) was the leader of a ring of spies! The group—called the Culper Ring—used secret names, codes, invisible ink, and more to spy on the British and pass along information. Nobody knew about it at the time (and few do so today), but those sneaky heroes risked their lives to help win the American Revolution! Illustrated throughout in black and white, with an appendix that includes photographs, bonus content, and links to primary source materials.   Grover Cleveland, Again! by Ken BurnsGROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! A TREASURY OF AMERICAN PRESIDENTS by Ken Burns, Gerald Kelley This special treasury from America’s beloved documentarian Ken Burns brings the presidents to life for our nation’s children. Each president is given a lushly illustrated spread with curated stories and information to give readers of all ages a comprehensive view of the varied and fascinating characters who have led our nation (with the exception of Grover Cleveland—the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms—who gets two spreads!).   For more on these and related titles visit: PRESIDENTS’ DAY