Monday, October 11, 2010
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Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
by Avi Steinberg (Goodreads Author)
When an underemployed obituary writer answers a random want ad, he finds himself at a Boston prison as the new librarian. Steinberg's memoir recounts his days sharing literature with convicted drug dealers, pimps, and thieves.
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A self-proclaimed magnet for crazy people, the humorist talks about his new work of short fiction, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and the wildest nature videos on YouTube.
He made the Middle Ages come to life in The Pillars of the Earth, and now the history buff starts fresh in the 20th century with an epic chronicle, Fall of Giants.
IN BED WITH...
The Brooklyn romantic who penned The History of Love shares her favorite "books in translation" in honor of her new globe-trotting novel, Great House.
FEATURED AUTHOR GROUPS
Alain de Botton
Having dissected love, Proust, and now" A Week at the Airport", the everyman modern philosopher flies in for a discussion of travel, technology, and our changing world.
Cinda Williams Chima
Street gangs, wizards, and a princess in disguise—journey to the magical land of the Seven Realms with the young adult fantasy author of The Exiled Queen.
Chat with the winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change about her debut novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.
FROM THE DESK OF...
The master of cowboys and gangsters turns to a new kind of scoundrel—pirates on the high seas—in Djibouti. Read Leonard's essay on naming characters, a Goodreads exclusive.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
by Richard Harvell (Goodreads Author)
Moses Froben's mother may be deaf, but his extraordinary vocal talent casts him into the limelight at the abbey in 18th century Switzerland. Castrated to preserve his angelic voice, the singer follows his heart to Mozart's Vienna.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
by Bill Bryson
With characteristic wit and heaps of research, Bryson examines the inner rooms in people's lives, covering everything from the indoor plumbing of ancient civilizations to the odds of dying by falling down stairs.
The Wake of Forgiveness
by Bruce Machart
In this multigenerational story of farm life in early 1900s Texas, Karel is the youngest of four brothers and the best horseback rider in the region. But his father cannot look past the pain of losing Karel's mother in childbirth.
by Michael Cunningham
Married couple Peter and Rebecca have everything discerning city dwellers could desire: fashionable careers, a trendy SoHo loft, and simmering midlife crises. When Rebecca's handsome younger brother comes to visit, Peter finds himself questioning everything he's taken for granted.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A.S. King (Goodreads Author)
High school senior Vera Dietz is mad at her ex-best friend. He ditched her for the wrong crowd. She's even more upset when he gets himself framed for an unthinkable crime and winds up dead. Can she forgive him and help clear his name?
DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT
Her new collection of short stories, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, illuminates the choices of young women grappling with identity, family, race, and sexuality.
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Aiming to help 1 million children learn to read by 2014, LitWorld supports literacy and educational programs in communities from Harlem to Baghdad.
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Your Republic Is Calling You
by Young-ha Kim
After 21 years undercover in Seoul, a North Korean spy is summoned home. He has only 24 hours to decide: follow orders and abandon his family or disobey and risk everything?
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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST
Want your words to reach 4 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group to vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our October winner!
by Andrea Janda
something moved, sparkled
and i began untying knots
nimble fingers rifling through
the jewelry box, digging
deftly sorting rings, hoops
and chains and things with teeth,
gathered them up and plucked
them out, separate as harp strings.
the stories came tumbling then,
and ghosts breathed out, back
into incarnate skin, turned to
dance but stumbled and i went
yellow then green and mango red
to the tango hidden in the licks of violin.
that quick taste masqueraded as a kiss
and burned my mouth like cinnamon.
gypsies know each other by flavor;
we send blackbirds and grackles,
recognize the dark eyes, otherness
and cats with raised hackles, wearing
question marks on their tails as
they approach and sailor, i'd answer you
if i knew who you aren't, if i could
coax you in by your wind-torn sails.
so make way love, if that isn't
your name; i still have room enough
to draw the moon-shaped blade
from the stocking top, from the boot
strap, from the winter warm place
i've saved for the never-met familiar
whose passion precision hands are
safe enough to draw the down pillow
away from the small of my back and
cup me cozy as an egg with a spoon
as i am so very ready to crack.
i will welcome you in knee-high socks
with garden dirt under my nails, guitar-
scaled, blistered fingertips, blustery-
weathered eyes, laughter on my lips,
arms/legs moved apart, ribs split, ready
for reaching heart. and our language
will whistle-chirp, a bird-like canter
begging to borrow breathing fleshtones
and breaking wanton bones against
that long-dead banter.
i will put my pretty things away, untangled,
become them instead, take tea and call crow,
unblacken the day with blackberried jam bread.
digging deftly sorting rings, hoops and chains
and things with teeth. i will gather you up and
let us be plucked, separate as harp strings
thrumming one warble, liquidly sung.
let me move against you like water . . .
and moisten your avian tongue.