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The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed  by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry. The beautiful ritual […]

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Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Read Me, I’m Irish: 24 Books by Irish-American Poets

Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.    The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara, by Frank […]

A POEM FOR PETER Thanks Ezra Jack Keats

A POEM FOR PETER Thanks Ezra Jack Keats

Lynn: This story, my children, begins long ago when I was taking my very first library science class, Introduction to Literature for Children. We were required to read and take notes on a multitude of books during the semester and I was eagerly beginning my work with the picture books list. And there he was, […]

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Cindy: Moving to a new place and changing schools present challenges for many children, so books that chronicle the experience are always welcome, especially when they are as good as Catching a Storyfish (2016), told in verse, by Janice N. Harrington. Keet moves from Alabama to Illinois (as the author did as a child) and, like all […]

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving spin on the Clement Clarke Moore* poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (published in 1990, still in print 26 years later) looks at the holiday from the perspective of children on a school field trip to a farm. […]

2016 National Book Awards: Pics and Reviews

2016 National Book Awards: Pics and Reviews

Last night, I live-tweeted the National Book Awards. While I prepare a full post, here’s a list of the winning titles with their winners, linked to their Booklist reviews:   Young People’s Literature March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell           Poetry The Performance of Becoming Human, by Daniel […]

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Leonard Cohen: Passes Softly

Leonard Cohen: Passes Softly

This has been a long week. Making it longer still is the recent news that the legendary gentleman of many beautiful songs and even more poetic words, Leonard Cohen, had passed away last night. I had the privilege of seeing him live at the Chicago Theater back in May 2009. It was his first Chicago […]

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Reviews of the Week: George Saunders, Lane Smith, Sharon Olds, and More!

Reviews of the Week: George Saunders, Lane Smith, Sharon Olds, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from October 17 through October 21 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Monday, October 17  Odes, by Sharon Olds An audaciously explicit poet of the […]

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Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Cindy: Aunt Lucy and Uncle Arthur always arrive when the first apple falls and the season becomes applesauce weather. Aunt Lucy is gone, but surely Uncle Arthur will show up according to schedule. The warm gingerbread and lemon sauce are waiting, and so are Faith and her brother Peter, but still Uncle Arthur doesn’t arrive. When he […]

National Book Awards Longlist: Reviews and Interviews

National Book Awards Longlist: Reviews and Interviews

Are you up to speed with this year’s batch of National Book Award nominees? If not, here’s your chance. Over the last week, the National Book Foundation has announced its longlist, with the fiction nominees coming in just this morning. The shortlist is due on October 13, and the winning titles are to be anointed on November 16. To […]