February 2015

Bluets and Autobiography of Red

What is the color of loss? Nelson might answer blue, Carson might answer red, but in forming their answers both writers have produced totally unique, totally brilliant works of art. Through personal meditation and the lens of classical Greek literature both authors’ explorations illuminate far more of human experience than just the moments and thoughts subject to their inspection. Two works of genius.


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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) By Anne Carson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

All the Bright Places

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All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385755887
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

Theodore Finch is looking for a reason to stay alive. Violet Markey's looking for a way out after the death of her sister. When the two meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, it's unclear who saves whom. But as the unlikely pair grows closer, they discover that at the end of the day, you have to try to save yourself. This book is emotionally devastating. Read if you're looking for a heart-wrenching story and a good cry.


The Boundless

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By Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442472884
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 22nd, 2014

Jump aboard the Boundless, a city on a train barreling across the Canadian wilderness, complete with a circus, a Sasquatch, a fiercely-guarded funeral car, and a conniving brakeman intent on getting into it. The only thing standing in his way--Will Everett, a young boy desperate for adventure. As he did in his masterful Airborn series, Kenneth Oppel yet again blends fantasy, history, and folklore to create this masterful, old-school adventure novel.


Shakespeare's Restless World

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Shakespeare's Restless World: Portrait of an Era By Neil MacGregor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125945
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Published: Penguin Books - November 4th, 2014

A fabulous addition to the Shakespearean experience, an enriching dimensional portrait of the times, politics, ways of living and general often amazingly explanatory context. Warning: you'll probably want to ‘hie out t' the nearest accessible Bard production.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics) By Anne Fadiman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

From the moment of Lia Lee’s birth in a Merced, California hospital, her parents — Hmong refugees from Laos—are confronted by cultural differences. When Lia begins having grand mal seizures, her parents see the condition as an indication of divine spirit having entered their child’s body. Lia’s physicians, however, call the condition severe epilepsy and attempt to coerce the Lees to follow their medical regimen. The clash that follows puts a child at risk and illustrates the difficulties of communication between cultures with firmly held beliefs.

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