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Readers AdvisorHey!  I'm Lisa G - your guide to "What Do I Read Next?".  Look around this page to find ideas for your next read.  Many of our lists are hand-selected and linked to the catalog, making it easy to place requests.  Have a blast!
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Poetry Out Loud Print Email

Logo from the Poetry Foundation, includes an image of a winged horse flyingListen to Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. These recordings are being made available as the result of a collaboration between US and UK poet laureates Donald Hall and Andrew Motion.  The recordings are preceded by a short biography of each poet and many of the actual recordings of each poet reading include comments by the poet about the poems.  So interesting!  And nothing like hearing the pronunciation and cadence from the voice of the mind that created the vision, painting of words.  Gertrude Stein, Gary Snyder, Adrienne Rich, Kenneth Rexroth, Lucille Clifton, Denise Levertov, Jane Kenyon, W.S. Merwin ... the list goes on - let one of these essential poets read to you in honor of National Poetry Month!

 
Happy National Poetry Month! Print Email

Image of someone holding a smart phone with the poem flow app on it (poem title and author)Treat yourself to some delicious words with the too-cool Poem Flow (posted on our nonfiction feature page, or get the app!)  Sad news last week in the poetry world was the passage of Adrienne Rich, iconic feminist poet and intellectual, who could sum up her reason for writing in seven words: "the creation of a society without domination."  (Read the NYT obituary here.)  Spend some time this month exploring new poetry in the library collection - here's a list to get you started!

 
Book Lust Rediscoveries Print Email

Jacket cover of After Life by Rhian Ellis, showing a grayscale photo of a foggy forest with a young woman walking into the mist, her back to the cameraPromo photo of Nancy Pearl, librarian and author of the Book Lust series, wire frame glasses and very short cropped salt-and-pepper hairBetween now and the end of the year, Nancy Pearl and Amazon.com will be reprinting six of Nancy's favorite reads in what they are calling the Book Lust Rediscoveries series.  They intend to republish six titles each year that are mentioned by Nancy in her Book Lust recommendation series, titles originally published between 1960-2000 that have since fallen out-of-print.  Coming this spring are reprints of After Life by Rhian Ellis and A Gay And Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller, each with an introduction by Nancy and suggested questions for discussion.  (These ought to be good books for book groups!)  I'm reading After Life right now and was gripped from the very first line: "First, I had to get his body into the boat."  Set in upstate New York in a wonderfully eccentric community of mystics and spirtitualists (based on the real community of Lily Dale, NY), the narrator, medium Naomi Ash, certainly has a compelling personality but I'm still not sure that I totally trust her account of things!

 
What to Read while Waiting for "Wild" Print Email

Jacket cover of We have a waiting list for Wild, Cheryl Strayed's memoir of the three-month's she spent on the Pacific Crest Trail hiking solo, but having just finished reading it I can tell you it is well worth waiting for!  An inspiring story of how she transformed herself from a hiker with NO previous experience who was remarkably unprepared for the rigors of the trail to earning the moniker "Queen of the PCT" (even though she lost her boots along the way and had to hike for miles in duct tape booties!)  While you are waiting, you might consider the highly entertaining The Cactus Eaters by Dan White or A Blistered Kind of Love told in alternate chapters by a couple who thru-hiked the whole trail.  Coincidentally, there is an interesting interview with Strayed in today's issue of Shelf Awareness for Readers.

 
Lisa Lutz in Shelf Awareness Print Email

Promo photo of author Lisa Lutz, straight dark hair, wearing what appears to be a dark business suit coatShelf Awareness for Readers is a newsletter that will give you leads on new, exciting titles as well as really interesting tidbits of news from the book publishing world.  It is issued on Tuesday and Friday and I promise that skimming through it will introduce you to enough compelling titles to made you want to start reading full-time.  Authors are often interviewed and the style is so conversational that it feels like it is just the two of you talking ... this short piece by Lisa Lutz, author of the Spellman series, is a good example. 

"I work from home. My commute is five feet down a hallway from my bedroom to my office. I wear pajamas until I'm required to leave the house or bathe. I brush my teeth, but not my hair. Who do I need to impress, the UPS guy? (In fact, I do worry about what he thinks of me.) My point is, unlike people who work among other humans, I don't particularly need to be presentable. I also don't need to be organized, prompt, poised or sociable. All I have to do is sit behind a desk and write a book. Until the book comes out, that is. Then every habit I've hammered into my psyche over the last year has to be undented when I embark on a book tour."  (Click here to read the rest!)

 
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