It’s National Poetry Month, and if you want to learn more about the form, pick up this book. Hirshfield writes fine poetry imbued with a Zen calmness and childlike wonder about the natural world. Her prose is intelligent, well-written and informed by a great knowledge of poetry--both modern and classical.
But it’s her descriptions about writing poems that I like best. As she says, “Poetic imagination is muscular, handed, and kinesthetic.” She describes the poet’s reach into the world as “prehensile.”
The Liar, the new book from Nora Roberts, will be released next week. While you’re waiting for your copy to reach the hold shelf, why not try these other books about women dealing with the aftermath of their husband’s secret lives?
Shelby only found out her husband married her under a false name after he went missing and was presumed dead. Devastated, she returns to her hometown with her daughter ready to start over-in life and in love. Shelby discovers a key to a safe deposit box. What she finds inside convinces her that not only was her marriage a lie, but the stranger she was sharing her life with is a very dangerous man. Roberts’ expert storytelling leaves the reader on the edge of her (or his!) seat right until the very end.
Grace is a successful New York Therapist with a beautiful family and is about to start a PR blitz for her forthcoming self-help book about relationships-and how to identify the signs women tend to ignore that lead to heartbreak. Active in her son’s school, Grace is shocked when one of her fellow committee members, Malaga, is found murdered. Grace’s husband, Jonathon, has always been distant emotionally and works long hours, so it took Grace awhile to realize that he was missing, and not in the Midwest for a conference like he claimed. Tension increases as Grace (and the reader) realizes that Jonathon’s disappearance and Malaga’s death are related. Korelitz masterfully expresses Grace’s increasing anxiety as she pieces together her husband’s secret life while her own is falling apart.
The lives of three seemingly unrelated women collide when one of the women, Cecilia, finds a letter from her husband to be opened only in the event of his death. Concerned, she reads the letter and everything she thought about her marriage begins unravel. Meanwhile, Tess is facing her own marriage problems. Her husband has just confessed that he and Tess’s cousin are in love. Tess moves her young son back to her hometown to live with her mother and starts a relationship with the local school’s P.E. teacher. Rachel, the school secretary, believes the P.E. teacher murdered her only daughter thirty years earlier. These three women’s lives collide in unexpected and disturbing turns of events.
A knock on her door at 3am shatter’s Katherine Lyon’s life. The plane her husband Jack was piloting exploded off the coast of Ireland, killing all 103 on board. The investigation indicates a bomb-and implicates Jack as being complicit in the plot. Katherine desperately tries to protect her daughter from shock after shock as her husband’s secret life comes to light. Shreeve is expert at revealing game changing details at just the right moment and will leave reader’s wondering just how much they know about their loved ones.
Written by an Englishman with a great love of America’s favorite pastime, Flip Flop Fly Ball is a book of infographics about all things baseball. Craig Robinson came to New York for a business trip and went to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees play the Twins. He’s been hooked on baseball ever since. The infographics started as a way to help him remember the rules and oddities of the game. Now it features portraits of players with animals (Kevin Youkalyptus, anyone?), fun facts about teams and stadiums, and a Venn diagram demonstrating when the wave is appropriate at a baseball game (spoiler alert: Never. It’s never appropriate.) Baseball lovers and non-fans alike will delight in this book.
Is there any sport that carries as many supersitions around it as baseball? Sprits, curses, jinxes and ghosts fill this book of tales from players, umps, stadium personel and front office staff. Each chapter features an unexplainable story from baseball. Has a Billy Goat’s curse really kept a team out of the World Series for 100+ years? Did Roberto Clemente predict the plane crash that took his life? And where do those hidden passageways beneath Dodger Stadium lead? A mix of lore and anecdote, there is something for every baseball lover in this book.
Willard Mullins is an American sports cartoonist, best known for his character the “Brooklyn Bum,” a personification for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This collection features Mullin’s drawings from 1934-1972- the golden age of baseball. Depictions of the greats feature heavily-DiMaggio, Williams, Berra, Koufax. Also included is the poem Mullin’s composed for the occasion of Lou Gehrig’s retirement. This book will appeal to the history buff inside any baseball fan.
What says baseball more than cracker jacks and bobble heads? What would the game be without cards, pennents, peanuts and hot dogs-not to mention bats, balls and gloves. 34 Ton Bat is the history of baseball told through ephemera. This readable history is organized in order of importance-from most to least. Rushin reveals the evolution of how the objects we most closely associate with baseball came to be as wells as the people and innovators behind those objects. As if that isn’t interesting enough, he includes silly anecdotes as well. What happened when beer was reintroduced to stadiums after prohibition? You’ll have to read 34 Ton Bat to find out!
If you’re read Fuller’s first two memoirs you know that 1. Her family drinks a lot 2. Is a tad dysfunctional 3. But everyone loves each other and also madly loves the people, wildlife, landscape of southern Africa.
Those of us who read the Little House on the Prairie Series as children have been eagerly awaiting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s posthumous autobiography Pioneer Girl. The unedited, previously unpublished draft of the autobiography was originally written in 1929 served as the foundation for the Little House series after it was rejected for publication. A columnist and editor, Wilder wrote about the 16 years her family moved through the mid-West, heavily describing the land and the work. Unfortunately, the wait for this fantastic annotated autobiography is long, so here are some read alikes the work through while you’re waiting.
This compilation contains over 140 articles that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote from 1911-1929 and mostly published in Farmers Week. They describe life on a Missouri Farm and of a much simpler life. If what drew you to Prairie Girl was the nonfiction writing of Wilder; then Little House in the Ozarks is sure to please.
Ultra educated but unemployed, Lee Lien returns home to help her Vietnamese immigrant parents run their restaurant. Fascinated since childhood by her mother’s broach, Lee imagined it once belonged to Laura Ingalls Wilder-left in Saigon by Wilder’s daughter, Rose. One day, Lee’s brother disappears suddenly, with a cryptic message attached to the broach. Lee begins to wonder, and then obsess over if there’s any truth to her fantasy. Her clues lead her to interesting parallels between Laura and Rose and her and her own mother. If you’re interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder in a less academic sense, this engaging and character driven novel will delight.
All stories, the saying goes, fit into one of seven basic categories: overcoming the monster, a rebirth, rags to riches, a journey, etc.
This quirky and funny novel combines the last two of these element in an Icelandic travelogue that is utterly delightful.
A young woman’s husband leaves her for his work colleague, not only that but the two lovers are expecting a child any day, but the soon-to-be ex keeps coming back to his wife for more of their joint property and yet another bedroom tryst.
The narrator (the characters are mostly unnamed) works as a translator of 35 languages. She is fine with these end-of-marriage conjugal visits although she finds them rather odd, and when she runs over a goose, she decides that she must make her departing husband a last grand meal. Creatively, she concocts a sauce to hide the tread marks. Read more about Butterflies in November