Lives, Loves, Losses: Books for Black History Month and Beyond


Stunning memoir, fiction, poetry; thought-provoking history, political science, sociology; and fun mystery, romance, erotica to satisfy and stir readers all year round.

Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera | LJ Review


Herrera, Juan Felipe. Notes on the Assemblage. City Lights. Sept. 2015. 168p.  ISBN 9780872866973. pap. $16.95. POETRY As he assumes his post as the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate—the first to be Latino—Herrera is releasing a visually acute, punch-in-the-gut collection that shows off both his craft and his heart. Wound even more tightly than his previous […]

Ginsberg, Macdonald, Seidel, Young | Barbara’s Poetry Picks, Feb. 2016, Pt. 1


Ginsberg, Allen. Wait Till I’m Dead: Uncollected Poems. Grove. Feb. 2016. 464p. ed. by Bill Morgan. ISBN 9780802124531. $22. POETRY “Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I’m dead.” So proclaimed Allen Ginsberg at 3:30 in the morning on August 8, 1990. And now, nearly 20 years after his death, in […]

Copper Canyon Announces a New Volume of Pablo Neruda Poems for April 2016


In June 2014, researchers at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Santiago, Chile, discovered 20 previously unknown poems by the widely admired poet-diplomat. Poetry lovers here have been waiting impatiently, but finally we have word that Washington State–based Copper Canyon Press has acquired the U.S. rights to the manuscript. We still have to wait some–the book […]

Chelsea Clinton, Laurie Halse Anderson, & Rupert Grint, Narrator | Audio in Advance September 2015 | Middle Grade


Al Mansour, Haifaa. The Green Bicycle. Listening Library. ISBN 9780147526175. Read by Ariana Delawari. Gr 5-8–Spunky 11-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her […]

Al Hirschfeld, Hemingway in Love, Mary Louise Wilson, Comedians on Comedy | Arts & Humanities Reviews, July 2015


A brilliant volume of Hirschfeld’s work and enjoyable study of caricature; Hotchner effectively fills in giant gaps in Hemingway’s written history; Nesteroff extensively chronicles American comedy over the last 100 years

Kayne West, Biespiel’s Poetry, Literary Detectives, Buddhism for Couples | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 15, 2015


Beaumont’s in-depth depiction of West; Stavan’s joyous insight on Quixote; Goleman’s inspirational call to train our minds and hearts; Dundas’s enthusiasm is contagious; Ward’s accessible Lost Detective

Key Poets To Discover and Rediscover, Including Juan Felipe Herrera | Poetry Previews, Fall 2015


Equi, Elaine. Sentences and Rain. Coffee House. Oct. 2015. 100p. ISBN 9781566894210. pap. $16.95. POETRY Sharp-eyed, witty, and ever able to nail the mood or idea in distilled language—“A slight implies/ if not an insult/ (real or imagined)/ at least something/ unpleasant—/a slight cold,/ a slight headache”—Equi here ranges across the contemporary landscape, from clones […]

Frank Gehry, Poet Limón, the Lanterne Rouge, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 1, 2015


Gehry’s important role in contemporary architecture; intricate and accessible, Limón’s poems are deeply moving; an excellent first book for the novice chess player; Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture

Maupassant’s Classic Shorts, Visual Art on a Global Scale, Film Critic Schickel, Soccernomics | Arts and Humanities Reviews, May 15, 2015


Maupassant’s depictions of 19th-century France for a new generation of readers; a project showcasing the work of novices and accomplished artists alike; Keepers is a conversation starter; a broad take on the wide world of soccer