Major Jackson's newest collection of poems brings together both new, brilliant poetry as well as some of his most-loved poems. Jackson's poetry is eclectic and unique. This collection was a fresh joy to read and a good introduction to his work. [Karen]
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I can sum up my thoughts on books with one Joan Didion quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Here are a few of the types of books that give me life: graphic novels, YA with queer themes, well-researched non-fiction, books that make me laugh, books that make me cry, and anything that makes me stop and think. Oh, and queen Joan Didion herself, of course.
Joan Didion is my favorite writer, and this semi-biography is more meditation on Didion's work. It is a literary map of her writing and tells of her life both good and flawed. A good choice for fans of Didion or just writing and biography in general. [Karen]
This is a good overview of Millay's work. One of the great poets, I love how versatile her writing is. Here are her classic poems, as well as many gems to discover. [Karen]
Patti Smith is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. With her camera and her eloquent words it always feels like a unique stop on the scrolling journey. A Book of Days is one year of photos by Smith taken since 1996. Each day offers something new. Read it in a sitting or savor it over a year. Or both. [Karen]
Liz Montague's graphic novel memoir is all about growing up and finally accepting and following your passions. Montague recounts her childhood and college years as she learned to accept herself as an artist. She is the first Black female artist for the New Yorker. The back includes some of her work for the news outlet! [Karen]
I learned about more than the banjo in this history of the instrument. Kristina R Gaddy follows the banjo from its roots in slavery, as well as its ties to black spirituality and its place in music history. An illuminating read. [Karen]
Margo Price writes so many autobiographical songs, so it was nice to hear even more of the story behind them. Her struggles and triumphs. You don't have to be familiar with her music to get a lot out of this memoir. This is great for any artist honing their craft and hoping to make it some day. [Karen]
It seems like disinformation is everywhere these days, and the more young readers are online the more likely they are to encounter harmful information. So take heed of these cute lil blobs who make media literacy fun and understandable. Aimed at young readers, but this should be essential reading for all in an age where fake news is big business and we're all the target audience. I also learned I shouldn't drink shampoo and no, my underwear will not kill me. [Karen]
Nicky Beer's latest collection starts with a poem about drag queens at Dollywood and overall plays with reality, text, and what is truly genuine.
There is strength to be found in introversion. This book reminds kids (and adults) that it's okay to be quiet.