Sunset Park - Paul Auster

Much like the city of Brooklyn, the main character in Paul Auster’s sixteenth novel, SUNSET PARK (Holt, $25), is worn and conflicted. Estranged from his family for the past seven years because of a dark secret, Miles Heller arrives in New York to temporarily escape yet another personal misfortune. As Miles joins three other squatters in a run-down house in Sunset Park, we are introduced to the equally conflicted and bizarre lives of Miles’s housemates, father, mother, and stepmother. Broadening the scope of the novel, Auster employs historical facts from topics such as baseball, publishing, film, and military history to draw his characters together. Auster is at his literary best, delving deep into the consciousness of each character with sharp descriptions and pinpoint metaphors, shedding light on our own individual needs and reminding us that the things that last in life—love, family, friends—will carry us through in the end.

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ISBN: 9780312610678
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Published: Picador - October 25th, 2011

The Poets Laureate Anthology - Elizabeth Hun Schmidt

While poetry fans may already have the works of many of these exceptional poets, THE POETS LAUREATE ANTHOLOGY (W.W. Norton, $39.95) is not to be missed. It collects the signature poems and seldom-read works of all 43 American Poets Laureate, with black-and-white pictures and quotations from each. The ever-endearing Billy Collins gives readers a humorous and personal look at the appointment of Poet Laureate in his Foreword, while the editor, Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, gives insightful descriptions of each poet’s ability to develop his or her unique craft, often focusing on their time spent in D.C. at the Library of Congress. While the collection begins with 2010 Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin and ends with the work of  Joseph Auslander, the first to be appointed Consultant in Poetry (as the title was originally), in 1937, readers can go chronologically, tracing influences and challenges to tradition—or simply dive in at any point. The collection features William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Stanley Kunitz, and Robert Frost.

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By Elizabeth Hun Schmidt (Editor), Elizabeth Hun Schmidt (Introduction by), The Library of Congress (With), Billy Collins (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393061819
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2010

Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems - Harold Bloom

TILL I END MY SONG (HarperCollins, $24.99) is a compilation of the last works of classic poets such as Marlowe, Swift, Spenser, and others. The eminent literary critic Harold Bloom helps to illuminate these culminating achievements, providing a unique opportunity for readers to delve into the minds of some of the most renowned poets in history. From the eerily personal and self-reflective final lines of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Coleridge’s morbid “Epitaph,” this is a unique collection of master works. While some poets turn their attention inward, reflecting on lives well-lived or wasted, talents revered or reviled, others address the political and social issues of their time. Bloom’s short introductions are both entertaining and informative.

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ISBN: 9780061923067
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 20th, 2011