Winter’s Tale: Warm Up with These Reads | The Reader’s Shelf

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Winter reads depicting the beauty and relentless nature of ice, wind, and snow.

A Tribute to Louise Glück | Poetry in Context

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On December 14, the Academy of American Poets hosted a tribute reading to former poet laureate Louise Glück, celebrating the November 2012 publication of Poems 1962–2012 (Farrar. ISBN 9780374126087. $40). Poets Frank Bidart, Dana Levin, Robert Pinsky, Peter Streckfus, and Ellen Bryant Voigt read poems by Glück, capturing the aura of the woman with a […]

Arts & Humanities Reviews | December 2012

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Reviews of Katherine Monk’s Joni, John Robb’s Punk Rock, and Rae Armantrout’s Just Saying, plus a full list of arts and humanities reviews from the Dec. issue.

African American Perspectives for Black History Month | November 1, 2012

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Fiction and nonfiction titles to consider for Black History Month in February.

Reference Reviews | November 1, 2012

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Reviews of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, John Maxymuk’s NFL Head Coaches, and Thomas Mockaitis’s The Iraq War, plus a full list of reference reviews from the Nov. 1 issue.

Final April 2013 Previews: Rees on Hitler, Meyer on the Borgias, and Best Poetry of 25 Years

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Barnett, Kristine. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. Random. Apr. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780812993370. $27; eISBN 9780679645245. CD/Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR At age 12, Jacob Barnett became a paid researcher in quantum physics, and his IQ is higher than Einstein’s was. But as a distracted toddler, he was diagnosed with autism, and Jacob’s […]

Poetry Out of Context: Notes from the 6th Annual Academy of American Poets Forum

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When Whitman declares in “Native Moments,” “I will play a part no longer, why should I exile myself / from my companions? / I come forthwith in your midst, I will be your poet, / I will be more to you than to any of the rest,” he defines, in one context, the innermost desire […]

Arts & Humanities Reviews, September 1, 2012

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Reviews of Christoph Niemann’s Abstract City, Elena Passarello’s Let Me Clear My Throat, and The Hungry Ear, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities reviews in the September 1 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 2012

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Reviews of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall, and James D. Tabor’s Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities reviews in the August issue.

Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2013, Pt. 2: Julianna Baggott, Amity Gaige, Cissy Houston, Maurice Sendak

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Baggott, Julianna. Fuse. Grand Central. Feb. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9781455503087. $25.99. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. DYSTOPIAN In Baggott’s laceratingly inventive Pure, those not safely under the Dome at the bomb-bright apocalyptic moment have been permanently fused to whatever was nearby, object or human, and Partridge defies his father, Dome master Willux, by escaping to the wider […]

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