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The Body's Question

Read by the poet, this collection speaks clearly and forcefully with an original and compelling voice. Highly recommended. ["This is a rewarding book for any reader": LJ 9/15/03 review of the Graywolf hc.]—Wendy Galgan, St. Joseph's Coll., Standish, ME

Wade in the Water

A powerful collection that highlights all of Smith's strengths as a poet. Highly recommended. ["Technically accomplished and precisely attuned to our current cultural climate, Smith, like William Butler Yeats, once again demonstrates how an engaged, activist poetry need not forgo lyricism, compassion, and complexity to be effective": LJ 2/15/18 review of the Graywolf hc.]

Call Me Zebra

Highly recommended. ["This fierce meditation on life and love, a tour de force by self-proclaimed literary terrorist Oloomi, is one that many will read and reread": LJ 12/17 review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth

Highly recommended.

Doctorow: Collected Stories

Highly recommended. ["Required reading for anyone who cares about American literature": LJ 10/15/16 starred review of the Random hc.]

Leopard at the Door

Both social commentary and an engaging story; highly recommended for all readers. ["McVeigh's second novel may disappoint…this tale is far from heartwarming and not for those who want a happy ending": LJ 12/16 review of the Putnam hc.]

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Recommended most highly to those who love literary fiction.

Written in Stone: A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language

While this enjoyable work is highly recommended overall, the audio production will be less satisfying than reading the print version for some; without being able to see a word and its root on the page, it could be difficult to make the connections easily between the two. ["The history of English is fascinating and this is a delightful distraction from a more serious linguistic approach to the topic": LJ 10/1/15 review of the Pegasus hc.]


A worthwhile novel for any listener willing to brave the story's violent details. ["This book exhibits a dark and redemptive beauty. Bond's prose is evocative of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, paying homage to the greats of Southern gothic literature": LJ 4/1/14 starred review of the Hogarth: Crown hc.

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