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Editor's Picks New Book Arrivals (306)

Published January 03, 2018

Ordinary Misfortunes

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Korea continues to grapple with the shared memory of its Japanese and US occupations. The poems in Ordinary Misfortunes incorporate actual testimony about cruelty against vulnerable bodies—including the wianbu, euphemistically known as “comfort women”—as the poet seeks to find places where brutality is overcome through true human connections. Emily Jungmin Yoon asks Why do we write poems amid such violence? What can I, and what can poetry, do? Her response to those tough questions is a sequence of reverberating poems that blend documentary precision with impassioned witness, bringing to bear both scholarship and artistry.

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Published January 03, 2018

The Surprising Place

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In this debut collection from prizewinning short story writer Malinda McCollum, people adrift in the American Midwest struggle to find their way in the world, with few signposts for guidance. Set largely in Des Moines, Iowa, over the expanse of several decades, these twelve stories explore the surprising places where our outsized longings may lead us. In prose as lean and unflinching as an Iowa winter, these stories offer confrontation and consolation in equal measure.

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Published January 03, 2018

12 Rounds in Lo's Gym

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12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym is the story of the author’s father, Mike “Lo” Snyder, a fifth generation West Virginia coal miner who opened a series of makeshift boxing gyms with the goal of providing local at-risk youth with the opportunities that eluded his adolescence. Taking these hardscrabble stories as his starting point, Snyder interweaves a history of the region, offering a smart analysis of the costs—both financial and cultural—of an economy built around extractive industries.

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"Ceaselessly honest and uncannily self-aware, the poems in The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water dance between grace, music, and truth. With a voice that’s leaning in instead of away, this collection is a lively and necessary debut that cracks open the complications of skin color, love, and the natural world." —Ada Limón, Prize Judge

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Published January 03, 2018

Chocolatology

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Chocolatology gives the casual cook dozens of ways to incorporate this stellar ingredient into everyday dishes, and takes intrepid food scientists a step farther, into the art of sourcing beans, making chocolate from scratch, and enjoying 17th Century chocolate concoctions. Unlike many books about chocolate, this one offers a balanced, evidence-based overview of cacao’s health and nutritional value. Chocolatology takes a close look at the chocolate industry and its history, and introduces readers to a variety of trade initiatives and suppliers that are working to improve the lives of cacao growers and their employers.

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Published January 03, 2018

Thus I Lived with Words

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“Federico moves across virtually the entire range of Stevenson’s oeuvre to make her case for his importance not just as a writer but as a dedicated and self-conscious student of his craft, without losing sight of his commitment to the pleasures—the enchantments—of art. The result is an account that reveals quite clearly the range and subtlety of Stevenson’s thinking on the practice of literary writing.”—Stephen Arata, general coeditor, The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

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Published January 03, 2018

Day’s End

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In this unique collection of connected poems, the narrator assists people who have chosen to die. A suicide tech at a Florida clinic that provides euthanasia to willing adults, she introduces readers to her Days' End coworkers, the patients, and the protestors outside. These riveting, frightening, sometimes funny poems are interspersed with news clips about mercy killings. The engaging narrative embedded in the poetry of Day's End transforms this difficult subject into crucial and necessary art.

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Published November 21, 2017

Inheriting the War

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Fifty years after the Vietnam War, this anthology by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugee confronts war and its aftermath. What emerges is an affecting portrait of the effects of war and family—an intercultural, generational dialogue on silence, memory, landscape, imagination, Agent Orange, displacement, postwar trauma, and the severe realities that are carried home. Including such acclaimed voices as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Karen Russell, Terrance Hayes, Suzan-Lori Parks, Nick Flynn, and Ocean Vuong, Inheriting the War enriches the discourse of the Vietnam War and provides a collective conversation that attempts to transcend the recursion of history.

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Published November 21, 2017

Mud Song

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A landscape of pine forests, palmettos, gopher tortoises and armadillos contains the clues that guide Terry Ann Thaxton’s search for herself. As a sixth-generation Floridian, she knows the natural world is never more than a stone’s throw away from destruction. The path she follows takes her to the edge of the past’s sinkholes and the daily chaos of roads forever under construction. These poems make sharp turns. Trauma is never far from beauty, desire never far from fear, and images are often as surprising as they are stunning. Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

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Published November 21, 2017

The Book of Donuts - Editor's Pick

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The Book of Donuts includes 54 poems by 51 poets about that favorite pastry, the donut. The poems cover a wide variety of donuts—traditional ones such as jelly, glazed, powdered, sugar—and less well-known ones such as beignet, choux à la crème, and sufganiyot. Poets include: Denise Duhamel, Nicky Beer, Patricia Clark, Jim Daniels, David Hernandez, Marilyn Taylor, Charles Harper Webb, and more.

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