New Arrivals · Literature

August 1, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Short stuff : a young adult LGBTQ+ anthology

July 31, 2020
New York : Interlude Press, [2020]
187 pages ; 21 cm
I ate the whole world to find you / by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick -- The August sands / by Jude Sierra -- Love in the time of coffee / by Kate Fierro -- Gilded scales / by Julia Ember.
Four LGBTQ young adult romances, exploring friendship, family, and courage.

Wrong : a critical biography of Dennis Cooper

July 30, 2020
Hester, Diarmuid, 1982- author.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2020]
xi, 319 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Chapter 1. Wrong: The Adolescence of an Iconoclast -- Chapter 2. Sturm und Drang: Rimbaud and Sade -- Chapter 3. A Poetics of Dissociability: The Punk Poets of Los Angeles -- Chapter 4. "I'm Yours": Frank O'Hara, Paul Goodman, and The Tenderness of the Wolves -- Chapter 5. Safe and the Aesthetics of Distance -- Chapter 6. "If there actually is such a thing as New Narrative..." -- Chapter 7. "Fuck Sexual Conformity": Anarcho-Homo Radicalism in the 1980s -- Chapter 8. The George Miles Cycle -- Chapter 9. JT LeRoy/My Loose Thread: "I had no other choice" -- Chapter 10. The Automated and The Eerie: Collaborations with Gisèle Vienne -- Chapter 11. Dennis Cooper's Blog -- Chapter 12. Reading for Queer Subculture in The Marbled Swarm: A Novel -- Chapter 13. Asignifying Desire: HTML Novels and Feature Films -- Afterword: Starting with Friendship.
"This is the first book-length study of the queer American writer and artist, Dennis Cooper (b. 1952), which explores his remarkable career from the 1970s to the present. Employing archival research along with interviews and close readings of his often-controversial work, it explores Cooper's various incarnations - punk poet, cult novelist, avant-garde playwright, queercore film director - situating him in relation to a number of underground American art, writing, and music scenes that have recently attracted renewed critical interest. Its primary aim is to establish Cooper's reputation as a leading figure of the American post-War avant-garde. Mr. Cooper has offered the project his full cooperation and has agreed to a substantial interview that will conclude the text. The principal argument advanced by the book is that we take seriously Cooper's assertion that he is an anarchist writer. While relatively skeptical of many of the labels that have been applied to him over the years (e.g. "gay poet," "transgressive writer," "blank novelist"), in interviews Cooper has readily acknowledged that he is an anarchist and that anarchist principles underpin his life and work. Hester pursues this idea across his oeuvre. What makes an anarchist writer in the American century? In what ways is a commitment to the radical politics of anarchism palpable in Cooper's work? How is this commitment born out in his life beyond the text? Irving Howe once wrote that a "powerful subterranean current" of anarchism runs through American literature - this book considers Dennis Cooper's life and work as a startling contemporary eruption of this longstanding and underappreciated tradition"-- Provided by publisher.

Choice words : writers on abortion

July 29, 2020
xvi, 415 pages ; 24 cm
Mind -- Body -- Heart -- Will -- Spirit.
"With reproductive freedom under unprecedented attack, Choice Words, edited by poet Annie Finch, takes back the cultural conversation on abortion. A landmark literary anthology of poems, stories, and essays, Choice Words collects essential voices that renew our courage in the struggle to defend reproductive rights. Twenty years in the making, the book spans continents and centuries. This collection magnifies the voices of people reclaiming the sole authorship of their abortion experiences. The essays, poems, and prose are a testament to the profound political power of defying shame"-- Provided by publisher.

The planter of modern life : Louis Bromfield and the seeds of a food revolution

July 29, 2020
Heyman, Stephen, author.
340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Garden (1918-1938). Foreign soil: Brest, January 1918 ; Invasive species: Paris, winter 1925-26 ; Hothouse: Senlis, 1929 ; "Teched": Saint-Brice-sous-Fôret, 1931 ; Tangled roots: Senlis, 1932 ; Blight: Senlis, summer 1936 ; The rains came: aboard the Victoria -- Farm (1938-1956). Seeding: Richland, county, Ohio, December 1938 ; Germination: Malabar farm, 1939 ; Victory garden: St. Louis, Missouri, 1941 ; Food fight: Malabar farm, 1942 ; Erosion: Malabar farm, 1945 ; Four seasons at Malabar: based on farm journals, 1944-1953 ; On the hill: Washington, DC, May 1951 ; Breeding: Malabar farm, 1952 ; Unto the ground: Duke farms, Hillsborough, New Jersey, 1955 -- Epilogue: the white room: Itatiba, São Paulo State, Brazil, 1954.
"How a literary idol of the Lost Generation launched America's organic and sustainable food movement. In interwar France, Louis Bromfield was equally famous as a writer and as a gardener. He pruned dahlias with Edith Wharton, weeded Gertrude Stein's vegetable patch, and fed the starving artists who flocked to his farmhouse outside Paris. His best-selling novels earned him a Pulitzer-and the jealousy of friends like Ernest Hemingway. But his radical approach to the soil has aged better than his books, inspiring a wave of farmers, foodies, and chefs to rethink how they should grow and consume their food. In 1938, Bromfield returned to his native Ohio, an expat novelist now reinvented as the squire of 1,000-acre Malabar Farm. Transplanting ideas from India and Europe, he created a mecca for forward- thinking agriculturalists and a rural retreat for celebrities like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (who were married there in 1945). Bromfield's untold story is a fascinating history of people and places-and of deep-rooted concerns about the environment and its ability to sustain our most basic needs and pleasures"-- Provided by publisher.

Private investigations : mystery writers on the secrets, riddles, and wonders of their lives

July 27, 2020
New York : Seal Press, 2020.
vi, 311 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction : solving the mystery / Victoria Zackheim -- Ghosted / Hallie Ephron -- Plot twists : this writer's life / Jeffrey Deaver -- An extra child / Sulari Gentill -- Field notes à la Maigret from Paris / Cara Black -- Lydia and Jack / Connie May Fowler -- The land of the morning calm (and other military mysteries) / Martin Limón -- The clay that we shape / William Kent Kruege -- Origins and destinations / Ausma Zehanat Khan -- A trick of the light / Kristen Lepionka -- The mystery of deception / Lynn Cahoon -- The long shadow of war / Rhys Bowen -- I don't know this word / Rachel Howzell Hall -- The beams keep falling / Steph Cha -- Writing about war / Jacqueline Winspear -- Can we live without mystery? / Tasha Alexander -- Godfathers, Nancy Drew, and cats / Carole Nelson Douglas -- The mystery of my lost voice / Caroline Leavitt -- Remembering the past / Charles Todd -- Nuns, magic, and Steven King / Robert Dugoni -- I want to be a magician / Anne Perry.
"In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share their first-person stories of grappling with mysteries they've personally encountered, at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn't find a cure; Martin Limon travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the chaos of war; Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers' imaginations, and more"-- Provided by publisher.

Notes on a silencing : a memoir

July 27, 2020
Crawford, Lacy, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
391 pages ; 25 cm
"When the elite St. Paul's School came under state investigation after extensive reports of sexual abuse on campus, Lacy Crawford thought she'd put behind her the assault she'd suffered decades before, when she was fifteen. Still, when detectives asked for victims to come forward, she sent a note. With her criminal case file reopened, she saw for the first time evidence that corroborated her memories. Here were depictions of the naïve, hardworking girl she'd been, a chorister and debater, the daughter of a priest; of the two senior athletes who assaulted her and were allowed to graduate with awards; and of the faculty, doctors, and priests who had known about Crawford's assault and gone to great lengths to bury it. Now a wife, mother, and writer living on the other side of the country, Crawford learned that police had uncovered astonishing proof of an institutional silencing years before, and that unnamed powers were still trying to block her case. The slander, innuendo, and lack of adult concern that Crawford had experienced as a student hadn't been the imagined effects of trauma, after all: these were the actions of a school that prized its reputation above anything, even a child. This revelation launched Crawford on an extraordinary inquiry into the ways gender, privilege, and power shaped her experience as a girl at the gates of America's elite. Her investigation looks beyond the sprawling playing fields and soaring chapel towers of crucibles of power like St. Paul's, whose reckoning is still to come. And it runs deep into the channels of shame and guilt, witness and silencing, that dictate who can speak and who is heard in American society. An insightful, mature, beautifully written memoir, Notes on a Silencing is an arresting coming-of-age story that wrestles with an essential question for our time: what telling of a survivor's story will finally force a remedy?"--Provided by publisher.

Mockingbird grows up : re-reading Harper Lee since Watchman

July 27, 2020
Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, [2020]
279 pages ; 24 cm
Part 1: Mockingbird Disrupted. Mockingbird's First Draft: How Go Set a Watchman Was Made to Come Out / Jonathan S. Cullick -- Go Set a Watchman as Southern Pastoral: American Literature, "My Atticus," and the Past that Never Was / Holly Blackford -- Part 2: Mockingbird Revisited. Atticus Revisited: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird / Laura Fine -- "Your Father's Passin';" or, How to Lynch Tom Robinson and Still Feel Right / Leland S. Person -- Atticus Finch: A Civilized Huck Finn / Patricia F. D'Ascoli -- "I Got Somethin' to Say!": Mayella Violet Ewell in Robert Mulligan's Film To Kill a Mockingbird / Kwakiutl L. Dreher -- Part 3: Mockingbird Contextualized. "With All Your Book Learnin':" Ignorance and Literacy in Go Set a Watchman / Adam Nemmers -- Building Context to Read the Relationship between Scout and Calpurnia in Mockingbird and Watchman / Audrey Fisch and Susan Chenelle -- "Command of Two Languages:" Language Awareness and Acceptance with Calpurnia / Brandie Bohney -- Queer Absences: Christian Polemics and Boo Radley / Cheli Reutter -- Part 4: Mockinbird Reimagined. Fear / Vulnerability / Anger: Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird in the Era of Black Lives Matter / Monica Carol Miller -- In Spite of Watchful Men: Harper Lee, Zora Neale Hurston, the Limits of Order Regionalism, and Feminist Hope / Jericho Williams -- Teaching Mockingbird in the Post-Watchman Classroom / Jonathan S. Cullick -- Epilogue: Revisiting Monroeville, Alabama, and Maycomb, USA / Cheli Reutter.
"This collection, the first to consider Harper Lee's late novel, focuses on re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird in light of the publication of Go Set a Watchman. The essays range from evaluations of the characters, setting, and themes of To Kill a Mockingbird through the backward lens of Go Set a Watchman to studies of race, sexuality, and how the characters change in Harper Lee's posthumous novel. Three essays focus on teaching both of Lee's novels to students familiar with the canonical To Kill a Mockingbird and to a new generation not yet introduced to Lee"-- Provided by publisher.


July 23, 2020
360 pages ; 17 cm
Includes excerpt from The Intended Victim.
Includes excerpt from Against the Sky.
Against the heart / Kat Martin -- Shaken / Rebecca Zanetti -- Echoes of the past / Alexandra Ivy.
Shaken: "That secret explodes when Melanie Cassidy spots two men trying to kidnap a young boy she tutors and responds by ramming them with her car. The last thing she expects is for the man she once loved, Detective Gray Hawkins, to appear and rescue them both. Now she has no choice but to trust him as they investigate the truth about a conspiracy of dirty, drug trafficking cops--and the truth about their relationship..." -- Amazon.

Out Now : Queer We Go Again!

July 23, 2020
401 pages ; 23 cm
Kick. Push. Coast / Candice Montgomery -- What happens in the closet / Caleb Roehrig -- Player one fight / Eliot Schrefer -- Lumber me mine / CB Lee -- Follower / Will Kostakis -- Refresh / Mark Oshiro -- Victory Lap / Julian Winters -- A road of one's own / Kete Hart -- Seditious teapots / Katherine Locke -- Star-Crossed in DC / Jessica Verdi -- Floating / Tanya Boteju -- The soft place / Hillary Monahan -- A pound of flesh / Kosoko Jackson -- One spell too many / Tara Sim -- Far from home / Saundra Mitchell -- The coronation / Meredith Russo -- Once upon a seastorm / Fox Benwell.
A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom ... aliens run from the government ... a president's daughter comes into her own ... a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer ... a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops ... skateboards and VW vans ... Street Fighter and Ares's sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page! This essential and beautifully written modern-day collection features an intersectional and inclusive slate of authors and stories.

My shouting, shattered, whispering voice : a guide to writing poetry and speaking your truth

July 22, 2020
Vecchione, Patrice, author.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2020]
xvii, 172 pages ; 20 cm
Part I. Poetry's calling : finding yourself on paper: Why write? ; Poetry in the beginning ; The mind of the poet ; What writing does for us ; Belief in the unwritten ; The blue mountains far away : the art of listening ; Kinds of silence ; Truth, lies, and poetry ; How do you know? ; The five senses ; The sixth sense : intuitive knowing ; Inviting inspiration ; Who and what defines you? ; Responding to a complicated world ; Your own company : writing and solitude ; The "evils" of procrastination ; And if you don't write? ; Losing your way, and other perils and pitfalls ; Abandoned on a cold, hard street by poetry ; writer's block ; Living with the internal critic ; The poet within -- Part II. "If one part were touched, the whole would tremble" : writing poetry from the inside out: Loving words ; What makes a poem a poem? ; The various forms poetry takes : from free verse to the Villanelle ; The element of sound ; The shape of it ; To punctuate or not to punctuate ; Voice and style ; "Since feeling is first" : the troublesome adjective and getting to original thought ; Simile and metaphor ; By heart or by head ; Where do you write? ; Tools of the trade ; Rules you'll love to follow : a surprising list -- Part III. Who said you couldn't say that? : twenty-five poetry-writing suggestions in twenty-one short chapters: Writing faster than you can think ; I remember : poetry and memory ; Lost and found ; "I've known rivers" ; These are the hands ; "A list of further possibilities" ; Who said you couldn't say that? ; Your very human body ; The love poem ; Twenty questions that ask but do not answer ; Did I hear that right? : overheard conversations transformed into poems ; The found poem ; A walk in the dark ; "I had too much to dream last night" ; Fear and what eases it a little ; My birth and my name : "at the rupture where land became ocean" ; "Nothing's left" ; The lost words ; Into the future : take yourself there now ; A formal form for fun (and hopefully not too much frustration) : the Ghazal five for five -- Part IV. "How possible might the impossible be?" : getting your poetry out there: Success and failure ; Making your words stick to the page : the editing process ; Not by any other name : titling your poems ; Time for a trustworthy reader? ; Open your notebook and let your poems out ; Sound check : reading and performing your poems ; Alternatives to traditional publishing ; Creating a poetry manuscript ; The cover letter ; Book publishing for poets ; The poet's perils : rejection ; Living the poet's life ; Your poetic license ; How writing a poem is like building a fire -- Part V. Where to go from here : poetry resources: Websites where you'll find poems, essays, recommended reading lists, interviews, audio, video, and more ; Online poetry workshops and classes ; Publishing opportunities ; Specific interest sites and organizations ; Annotated bibliography ; Acknowledgments ; Permissions.
"Ever had an emotion or experience you wanted to express, but didn't know how? This guide encourages teens to find their voices, step up and speak their truths, and articulate what matters to them most--both personally and politically--whether it be boldly to an outside audience or just privately for themselves. Young adults are reading and writing and performing poetry more than ever before, and yet it's the most difficult form for schools to teach. Written in short, easy-to-digest chapters, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice includes prompts and inspiration, writing suggestions and instruction, brief interviews with some current popular poets such as Kim Addonizio, Safia Elhillo, and others, and poem excerpts scattered throughout the book. My Shouting, Shattered Whispering Voice offers ways to express rage, frustration, joy, and sorrow, and to substitute apathy with creativity, usurp fear with daring, counteract anxiety with the joy of writing one word down and then another to express vital, but previously unarticulated, thoughts. Most importantly, here you can discover the value of your own voice and come to believe that what you have to say matters"-- Provided by publisher.

The poets & writers complete guide to being a writer : everything you need to know about craft, inspiration, agents, editors, publishing and the business of building a sustainable writing career

July 22, 2020
Larimer, Kevin, author.
xiv, 480 pages ; 25 cm
"The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation's largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers."--Page [2] of cover.
I. The freedom and the power -- Getting started -- Inspiration -- Writing prompts -- One hundred notes on craft -- Finding community -- A writer's education -- II. Writing and time -- Writing and money --Writing and happiness -- Writing and family -- Writing and respect -- Writing and the law -- III. Literary magazines -- Writing contests -- Self-publishing -- Literary agents -- The book deal -- Independent publishers -- Working with your editor -- Publication checklist -- Publicity and promotion -- IV. Surviving success and failure -- Careers -- The end of the book -- The end is just the beginning.
"For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years' worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career--until now."--Page [2] of cover.

Square haunting : five lives in London between the wars

July 22, 2020
Wade, Francesca, author.
New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2020]
420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- In the Square -- H.D. -- Dorothy l. Sayers -- Jane Ellen Harrison -- Eileen Power -- Virginia Woolf -- After the Square.
"In the early twentieth century, Mecklenburgh Square, a hidden architectural gem in the heart of London, was a radical address. On the outskirts of Bloomsbury known for the eponymous group who "lived in squares, painted in circles, and loved in triangles," the square was home to students, struggling artists, and revolutionaries. In the pivotal era between the two world wars, the lives of five remarkable women intertwined at this one address: modernist poet H.D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and author and publisher Virginia Woolf. In an era when women's freedoms were fast expanding, they each sought a space where they could live, love, and above all work independently."-- Provided by publisher.

Poems to see by : a comic artist interprets great poetry

July 20, 2020
Peters, Julian, illustrator.
Walden, New York : Plough Publishing House, 2020.
159 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
"A fresh twist on 24 classics, these visual interpretations by comic artist Julian Peters will change the way you see the world"--Provided by publisher.

Storyville! : an illustrated guide to writing fiction

July 20, 2020
Dufresne, John, author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
x, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The fiction writer -- The fiction writing -- The plot -- The revision.
"A smart and funny guide to writing fiction, with engaging infographics that bring storytelling techniques to life. Whether you are daunted by a blinking cursor or frustrated trying to get the people in your head onto the page, writing stories can be intimidating. It takes passion, tenacity, patience, and a knowledge of and faith in the often-digressive writing process. A do-it-yourself manual for the apprentice fiction writer, Storyville! demystifies that process; its bold graphics take you inside the writer's comfortingly chaotic mind and show you how stories are made. In Storyville!, seasoned guide John Dufresne-whose approach "will anchor the newbie and entertain the veteran" (San Francisco Chronicle)-provides practical insight into the building blocks of fiction, including how to make the reader see your characters, create a suspenseful plot, and revise, revise, revise. Storyville! is a combination handbook and notebook, with original prompts and exercises crafted with Dufresne's singular dry wit and Evan Wondolowski's playful and illuminating graphics on every page"-- Provided by publisher.

Alphamaniacs : builders of 26 wonders of the word

July 16, 2020
Fleischman, Paul, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2020.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Profiles twenty-six authors with original and distinctive approaches to literature and language, from a man who used vanity license plates to tell stories and a woman who made new poems by subtracting letters from published works to people who studied word origins and variations.

Mastering the process : from idea to novel

July 15, 2020
George, Elizabeth, 1949- author.
318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Research: eliminating the fear of the blank page -- Characters: the plot kernel and what follows it -- Digging deeper into character: the core need -- Landscape: the inner and outer world of characters -- Dialogue: revealing a character through speech -- The THAD: foundation of good storytelling -- Viewpoint and voice: who can tell the story best? -- Development: process, decisions, and the plot -- Step outlining: what happens next? -- Building the scene: using your research -- The scene's requirements I: openings and plot points -- The scene's requirements II: climax and denouement -- Structuring the scene: a few possibilities -- Revising: being your own editor -- Routine: after all, it's still a job.
"As the author of twenty-four novels, Elizabeth George is one of the most successful--and prolific--novelists today. In Mastering the Process, George offers readers a master class in the art and science of crafting a novel. For many writers, the biggest challenge is figuring out how to take that earliest glimmer of inspiration and shape it into a full-length novel. How do you even begin to transform a single idea to a complete book? Elizabeth George takes us behind the scenes and into each step of her writing process, revealing exactly what it takes to craft a novel. Drawing from her personal photos, early notes, character analyses, and rough drafts, George shows us every step of how she wrote her novel Careless in Red, from researching location to imagining plot to creating characters to the actual writing and revision process itself. George offers us an intimate look at the process she follows, while also providing invaluable advice for writers about what's worked for her--and what hasn't. Mastering the Process offers writers practical, prescriptive, and achievable tools to creating a novel, to editing a novel, and to problem solve when in the midst of a novel, from a master storyteller writing at the top of her game"-- Provided by publisher.

Gahun̐goro Aphrikā : kavitā saṅgraha

July 14, 2020
Āhuti, author.
Kāṭhamāḍaum̐ : Sāṅgrilā Pustaka Prā. Li., 2071 [2014]
147 pages ; 20 cm

Śaṅkara Lāmichāne

July 14, 2020
Lāmichāne, Śaṅkara, 1927-
Kāṭhamāḍauṃ : Buka-Hila Pablikeśana, 2075 [2019]
424 pages ; 20 cm
Ebsṭryākṭa cintana : pyāja -- Gaunthalīko g̐uṇḍa -- Gonghūli saṃsāra -- Vimba-prativimba.

Eka harapha bāṭo : nibandhasaṅgraha

July 14, 2020
Chetrī, Śailīkā, author.
Silagaḍī : Sāṅgrilā Buksa Iṇḍiyā Li., 2019.
174 pages ; 21 cm
Articles on social concern, spirituality, literature, and memories.

Child of light : a biography of Robert Stone

July 10, 2020
Bell, Madison Smartt, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2020]
xvii, 588 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A hall of mirrors -- Dog soldiers -- A flag for sunrise -- Children of light -- Outerbridge reach -- Damascus gate -- Bay of souls -- Death of the black-haired girl.
"The first and definitive biography of one of the great American novelists of the postwar era, Robert Stone"-- Provided by publisher.

Applied Ballardianism : memoir from a parallel universe

July 8, 2020
Sellars, Simon, author.
Falmouth, United Kingdom : Urbanomic, 2018.
392 pages ; 20 cm.
An existential odyssey weaving together lived experience and theoretical insight, this startling autobiographical hyperfiction surveys and dissects a world where everything connects and global technological delirium is the norm.

A phoenix first must burn : sixteen stories of black girl magic, resistance, and hope

July 1, 2020
New York : Viking, 2020.
354 pages ; 22 cm
When life hands you a lemon fruitbomb / Amerie -- Gilded / Elizabeth Acevedo -- Wherein Abigail Fields recalls her first death and, subsequently, her best life / Rebecca Roanhorse -- The rules of the land / Alaya Dawn Johnson -- A hagiography of starlight / Somaiya Daud -- Melie / Justina Ireland -- The Goddess provides / L. L. McKinney -- Hearts turned to ash / Dhonielle Clayton -- Letting the right one in / Patrice Caldwell -- Tender-headed / Danny Lore -- Kiss the sun / Ibi Zoboi -- The actress / Danielle Paige -- The curse of love / Ashley Woodfolk -- All the time in the world / Charlotte Nicole Davis -- The witch's skin / Karen Strong -- Sequence / J. Marcelle Corrie.
Black girls, including gender non-conforming individuals, star in this collection of sixteen stories of fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

The death of Sitting Bear : new and selected poems

July 1, 2020
Momaday, N. Scott, 1934- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
xvii, 167 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bequest -- In the forest -- A Siberian hunter, remembrance -- To the farther camps -- A darkness comes -- A hero's burial -- The Kiowa no-face doll -- A sloven -- Alaskan games -- A modest boast (toast) -- A note on animals -- Ago -- Division -- The night sky at Coppermine -- Song fragments -- For Wallace Stevens -- The woman looking in -- Transparency -- Spectre -- The great Fillmore streed buffalo drive -- The snow mare -- The bone strikers -- Yahweh to Urset -- The essence of belonging -- To an aged bear -- The bear -- A benign self-portrait -- Prayer for words -- On the cause of a homely death -- The blind astrologers -- The pursuit of man by God -- Revenant -- Death comes for Beowulf -- The mythic harpoon -- Before an old painting of the Crucifixion -- A silence like frost -- Angle of geese -- Birdsong -- Shade -- On the neva -- The whale in amber -- The dragon of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges -- Nous avons vu la mer -- A chronicle -- Before and after -- The theft of identity -- A couplet in tongues -- Dictum -- Need -- JFK -- Song of longing -- Stones -- Poem after lunch -- Approach -- English, the language -- A story of light -- This train -- War chronicle -- The rider of two gray hills -- Visitation at Amherst -- Fire -- First poem -- Meditation on wilderness -- Olga -- The galleries -- Remembering Milosz and "Esse" -- Death song -- Dichos -- A witness to creation -- Sobremesa -- Appearances -- Arrest -- An oasis there of many colors -- Afterimage -- The listener -- The first day -- Revision of the plains -- A blooming of appearances -- Sweetgrass -- Rustic dream -- Severance -- Seasonal -- Rough rider -- Almost love -- On spring in the Alexander gardens -- This morning the whirling wind -- A century of impressions -- The death of sitting bear -- Note (on Set-t'an calendar entry) -- Set-t'an calendar entry -- Susquehanna -- Pigments -- Linguist -- Dancers on the beach -- Ultimas -- The spheres -- A presence in the trees -- On the stair -- Lines for my daughter -- There came a ghost -- Nenets -- A measure of rain -- La tierra del encanto -- To Gaye -- Jornada del muerto -- Octave -- Yellow the land and sere -- The window through which the light of a candle glowed -- Torrent -- Reconciliation -- A mythology of belief -- Northern dawn -- The pilgrims -- Babushka -- A woman walking -- Seams -- Gamesmen -- Prairie hymn.
"One of the most important and unique voices in American letters, distinguished poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller N. Scott Momaday was born into the Kiowa tribe and grew up on Indian reservations in the Southwest. The customs and traditions that influenced his upbringing-most notably the Native American oral tradition-are the centerpiece of his work. This luminous collection demonstrates Momaday's mastery and love of language and the matters closest to his heart. To Momaday, words are sacred; language is power. Spanning nearly fifty years, the poems gathered here illuminate the human condition, Momaday's connection to his Kiowa roots, and his spiritual relationship to the American landscape. The title poem, "The Death of Sitting Bear" is a celebration of heritage and a memorial to the great Kiowa warrior and chief. "I feel his presence close by in my blood and imagination," Momaday writes, "and I sing him an honor song." Here, too, are meditations on mortality, love, and loss, as well as reflections on the incomparable and holy landscape of the Southwest. The Death of Sitting Bear evokes the essence of human experience and speaks to us all"-- Provided by publisher.

American birds : a literary companion

July 1, 2020
xix, 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Foreword / by Terry Tempest Williams -- Introduction / by Andrew Rubenfeld -- Three American Indian songs about birds. Hawk chant of the Saginaws (Ojibwa) ; The mocking-birds song (Tigua) ; The road-runner (Pima) -- On the humming bird (1782) / J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur -- from Journals, 1805-1806 / Meriwether Lewis and William Clark -- from Mississippi River journal, 1820-1821. Ivory-billed woodpecker (1838) / John James Audubon -- To a waterfowl (1821) / William Cullen Bryant -- from Journals, 1838-1862 / Ralph Waldo Emerson -- from Journals, 1852-1858 / Henry David Thoreau -- A bird came down the walk- (c. 1862). The way to know the bobolink (c. 1873) / Emily Dickinson -- Birds migrating at midnight (1882). Bird-whistling (1882). Birds--and a caution (1882) / Walt Whitman -- A white heron (1886) / Sarah Orne Jewett -- The man-of-war hawk (1888). The blue-bird (late 1880s) / Herman Melville -- Winter wren (1889) / Florence A. Merriam -- The mocking bird (1891) / Sidney Lanier -- A word to the beginner (1895). Goldfinch (1895) / Frank M. Chapman -- Wild life about my cabin (1904) / John Burroughs -- from An autobiography (1913) / Theodore Roosevelt -- A new world (1913). North Fork of the Merced (1911) / John Muir -- The oven bird (1916) / Robert Frost -- Purple martins (1920) / Carl Sandburg -- The fish-hawk (1922) / John Hall Wheelock -- The frigate pelican (1935) / Marianne Moore -- Flood tide (1941) / Rachel Carson -- The heron (1941) / Theodore Roethke -- April : sky dance (1949) / Aldo Leopold -- Kites over the sawgrass (1956) / Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher -- Swallow clouds (1956) / Edwin Way Teale -- Up from the egg : the confessions of a nuthatch avoider (1957) / Ogden Nash -- Vulture (1963) / Robinson Jeffers -- Bird song (1963) / William Carlos Williams -- Sandpiper (1965) / Elizabeth Bishop -- The mockingbird (1965) / Randall Jarrell -- If the owl calls again (1966) / John Haines -- Swan and shadow (1968) / John Hollander -- Juncos (1973) / William Stafford -- Magpie's song (1974) / Gary Snyder -- The raven (1976) / Barry Lopez -- House sparrows (1979) / Anthony Hecht -- Idyll (1980) / Sterling A. Brown -- The ever hungry jay (1980) / Faith McNulty -- Emplumada (1981) / Lorna Dee Cervantes -- Redwing blackbirds (1981) / Robert Penn Warren -- A listener's guide to the birds (1981) / E.B. White -- The birds (1982) / Robert Creeley -- The great horned owl (1982) / Charles Simic -- Crows in a strong wind (1986) / Cornelius Eady -- Kingfisher (1987) / David Wagoner -- Waterbird (1987) / May Swenson -- Snowy owl near ocean shores (1991) / Duane Niatum -- Peregrine falcon (1991) / Terry Tempest Williams -- Gannets (1992) / Mary Oliver -- Crow law (1993) / Linda Hogan -- Shorebird-watching (1994) / Amy Clampitt -- Ravens at Deer Creek (1998) / Robert Wrigley -- from Red-tails in love (1998) / Marie Winn -- A barred owl (2000) / Richard Wilbur -- I was sleeping where the black oaks move (2003) / Louise Erdrich -- Cliff swallows (2003) / Debra Nystrom -- A pair of tanagers (2004) / Mark Jarman -- Screech owl (2004) / Ted Kooser -- Snow goose migration at Tule Lake (2005) / Pamela Uschuk -- Peregrine falcon, New York City (2006) / Robert Cording -- The cactus wren (2006) / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Black phoebe (2006) / Timothy Steele -- from The echo maker (2006) / Richard Powers -- from The life of the skies (2008) / Jonathan Rosen -- Red-legged kittiwake (2009) / Emily Wilson -- Blackbird (2010) / C.K. Williams -- Ruddy duck (2012) / Jack Collom -- Answering the call (2013) / Rick Bass -- The Acadian flycatcher, not (2013) / Wendell Berry -- Of mockingbirds (2014) / David Tomas Martinez -- Indigo bunting (2017) / Sidney Wade -- from Birding without borders (2017) / Noah Strycker -- Unknown bird (2001) / W.S. Merwin.
"Featuring some of America's greatest writers and poets, this landmark anthology is a one-of-a-kind field guide to the American literary imagination. Americans have always been fascinated by birds and from the beginning American writers have captured this keen interest in a variety of genres: poems, journals, memoirs, short stories, essays, and travel accounts. Here literature professor and avid birder Andrew Rubenfeld, in collaboration with acclaimed writer Terry Tempest Williams, who provides a foreword, gathers evocative and surprising writings on birds and our fascination with them from an astonishing array of American poets and writers. The result is a literature of singular depth and beauty, with occasional flights of fancy in the mix. Experience the exquisite beauty of Native American songs about birds. Accompany Lewis and Clark as they encounter new species, Audubon as he sketches near New Orleans, and Emerson and Thoreau birding together around Walden Pond. Delight in Sarah Orne Jewett's poignant tale of a snowy egret in the Maine woods and Florence Merriam's portrait of a winter wren in Central Park. Join Rachel Carson as she watches skimmers along the Atlantic coast and Roger Tory Peterson observing snail kites in the Everglades. And thrill to an impressive roster of modern and contemporary poets, including Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Sterling A. Brown, Cornelius Eady, Mary Oliver, Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, and David Tomas Martinez, as they evoke the magic and haunting beauty of America's birds."-- Provided by publisher.

Three brothers : memories of my family

July 1, 2020
Yan, Lianke, 1958- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2020.
xiv, 209 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in Chinese: Wo yu fubei. China : Yunan People's Press, 2009.
"In this heartfelt, intimate memoir, Yan Lianke brings the reader into his childhood home in Song County in Henan Province, painting a vivid portrait of rural China in the 1960s and '70s and chronicling the extraordinary lives of his father and uncles, as well as his own. Yan's parents are so poor that they can only afford to use wheat flour on New Year and festival days, and as a child he dreams of fried scallion buns, and once steals from his father to buy a sesame seed cake. Yan yearns to leave the village, however he can, and soon novels become an escape. He resolves to become a writer himself after reading on the back of a novel that its author was given leave to remain in the city of Harbin after publishing her book. In the evenings, after finishing back-breaking shifts hauling stones at a cement factory, sometimes sixteen hours long, he sets to work writing. A career in the Army ultimately allows Yan to escape village life, but he is filled with regrets as he recalls these years of scarcity, turmoil, and poverty. A powerful portrait of the trials of daily life, as well as a philosophical meditation on grief, death, home, and fate, and gleaming throughout with Yan's quick wit and gift for imagery, Three Brothers is a personal portrait of a politically devastating period, and a celebration of the power of the family to hold together even in the harshest circumstances"-- Provided by publisher.

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