The Read More! Reading Challenge suggestions for the month of April are here! Read a book of poetry or a book featuring a library or bookstore.
A Book of Poetry
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart – Alice Walker
Description: Alice Walker, author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple–“an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle)–crafts a bilingual collection that is both playfully imaginative and intensely moving. Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope, and, above all, gratitude. Whether she’s urging us to preserve an urban paradise or behold the delicate necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker encourages us to honor the divine that lives inside all of us and brings her legendary free verse to the page once again, demonstrating that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans.
Call Us What We Carry – Amanda Gorman
Description: The luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, her poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future
Jim Harrison: Complete Poems – Jim Harrison
Description: His tour de force contains every poem Harrison published over his fifty-year career, as well as a section of unpublished “Last Poems.” Here are the nature-based lyrics of his early work, the high-velocity ghazals, a harrowing prose-poem “correspondence” with a Russian suicide, the riverine suites, fearless meditations inspired by the Zen monk Crazy Cloud, and a buoyant conversation in haiku-like gems with friend and fellow poet Ted Kooser.
Such Color: New and Selected Poems – Tracy K. Smith
Description: Collects the best poems from the author’s award-winning books, along with new poems that confront America’s historical and contemporary racism and injustices while urging us toward love as a resistance to everything that impedes it.
A Book Featuring a Library or Bookstore
The Last Chance Library – Freya Sampson
Genre: Relationship fiction
Description: June Jones emerges from her shell to fight for her beloved local library, and through the efforts and support of an eclectic group of library patrons, she discovers life-changing friendships along the way.
The Good Sister – Sally Hepworth
Genre: Multiple perspectives; Psychological suspense
Description: Twin sisters who are polar opposites but who are harboring a deep, dark secret about their sociopathic mother must face the consequences of both her actions and their own when one tries to start a family.
The Library of the Dead – Tendai Huchu
Genre: Supernatural mysteries; Urban fantasy
Description: Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghost talker, and she now speaks to Edinburgh’s dead – carrying messages to the living – but when she learns someone is bewitching children, she investigates and discovers an occult library, a taste for hidden magic, and a wealth of Edinburgh’s dark secrets.
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
Genre: Science fiction
Description: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, and realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.