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American Melancholy: Poems

Oates’s high profile as a novelist should not discourage avid poetry readers from seeking out this volume, which aptly demonstrates the writer’s gifts in the genre and includes several poems of the highest quality.
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Children Under Fire: An American Crisis

A carefully reasoned, compelling, and persuasive study of a crisis that requires immediate attention.

Raft of Stars

Highly recommended, whether you want literate thrills or thoughtful, affirming meditation.

The Removed

Hobson uses Cherokee tradition and the Echotas’ story to amplify each other, blending past and present in a narrative of blistering loss and final healing. Highly recommended.

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The Orchard

Though Hopen presents a somewhat formulaic story of the journey from child to adult, he renders it compelling by inserting discussions of Jewish and other religious traditions and making mental health—or lack thereof

Dearly: New Poems

Atwood’s flare for precise metaphor in no way softens her delivery, as when she observes “We are a dying symphony.” Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here.
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The Blade Between

Filled with intense dread and unease; well-drawn if flawed characters; social commentary; and a satisfying resolution, this is a great example of how a century-old subgenre can still speak directly to today’s readers. Direct those who want more to John Langan’s The Fisherman, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland, or T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones.

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Leave the World Behind

Highly recommended and perfectly timed for today’s uncertain world. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/2020.]

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

An exhilarating and worthwhile choice for those planning an actual trip and for stay-at-home travelers.
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