November 2012 Archives

New Poetry Books

With the holidays rushing up at us it might be a good time to turn off the internet, stop shopping for a bit and read some poetry.

Click for availability and more information Bewilderment: new poems and translations, by David Ferry
This collection, which won the 2012 national Book Award for poetry, features new works and Ferry's translations of older, classic poems. The Washington Post called it "vivid and sometimes heartbreaking." You can read more about the book, the author and the award here.

Click for availability and more information Collected Poems, by Jack Kerouac
Poetry was at the center of Jack Kerouac's sense of mission as a writer. This landmark edition brings together for the first time all Kerouac's major poetic works--Mexico City Blues, The Scripture of the Golden Eternity, Book of Blues, Pomes All Sizes, Old Angel Midnight, Book of Haikus--along with a rich assortment of his uncollected poems, six published here for the first time. He wrote poetry in every period of his life, in forms as diverse as the classical Japanese haiku, the Buddhist sutra, the spontaneous prose poetry of Old Angel Midnight, and the poetic "blues" he developed in Mexico City Blues and other serial work.

Click for availability and more information Garnet Poems : an anthology of Connecticut poetry since 1776, edited by Dennis Barone
Connecticut may be a small state but it is large indeed in its contribution to the nation's literature. Garnet Poems features forty-two poets whose work has a strong connection to Connecticut. This is the first major anthology of Connecticut poetry to appear since the mid-nineteenth century, and includes the work of such notable poets as Wallace Stevens, Lydia Sigourney, Mark Van Doren, Richard Wilbur, Susan Howe, and Elizabeth Alexander. This features a foreward by current Connecticut state poet laureate, Dick Allen.

Click for availability and more information The Hungry Ear: Poems about Food and Festivity, edited by Kevin Young
The National Book Award finalist author of Jelly Roll presents an evocative collection of food poetry that meditates on the role of food in everyday life, identity and culture and includes pieces by such writers as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Allen Ginsberg.

Click for availability and more information Later Poems: selected and new, 1971-2012 , by Adrienne Rich
Drawing upon 12 volumes of her published work as well as a manuscript posthumously left behind, this collection from the award-winning poet includes "From Strata," "Itinerary," "For the Young Anarchists" and "Theethsucking Bird." These and other poems look back into history and forward into the future while engaging with contemporary moments. Rich's singular command of language continues to the end. This is the final volume of poems assembled by America's most powerful and distinctive voice.

Click for availability and more information Meme: poems, by Susan Wheeler
Acclaimed poet Susan Wheeler, whose last individual collection predicted the spiritual losses of the economic collapse, turns her attention to the most intimate of subjects: the absence or loss of love. A meme is a unit of thought replicated by imitation. Occupy Wall Street is a meme, as are Internet ideas and images that go viral. Wheeler explores the concept of memes on a personal level using memories and wordplay to convey her thoughts and emotions.

Click for availability and more information Poems 1962-2012, by Louise Gluck
The collected works of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer explores her transfigured landscapes and offers insight into her unique form. Dwight Garner, writing in the New York Times Book Review, states that "Ms. Glück's new and career-spanning "Poems 1962-2012" is a major event in this country's literature, perhaps this year's most major. It collects the entirety of this ruthless poet's verse from her debut, "Firstborn" (1968), through "A Village Life" (2009), 11 books over four decades. You can read the rest of his glowing review here.

Click for availability and more information The Poems of Octavio Paz, by Octavio Paz
This is the the first retrospective collection of Paz's poetry to span his entire writing career, from the first published poem, at age seventeen, to his magnificent last poem; the whole is assiduously edited and translated by acclaimed essayist Eliot Weinberger -- who has been translating Paz for over forty years.

Click for availability and more information Time of Useful Consciousness, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Even at ninety-three, Ferlinghetti shows more power than most any other poet at work today. He describes this new book, as "a fragmented recording of the American stream-of-consciousness, always westward streaming; a people's poetic history in the tradition of William Carlos Williams' Paterson, Charles Olson's Maximus, Allen Ginsberg's Fall of America, and Ed Sanders' America: a History in Verse." Time of Useful Consciousness, is an aeronautical term denoting the time between when one loses oxygen and when one passes out, the brief time in which some life-saving action is possible.His publisher calls this new collection a new call to action and a vivid picture of civilization moving towards its brink.

Click for availability and more information The Two Yvonnes: poems, by Jessica Greenbaum
This is the second collection from a Brooklyn poet whose work many readers will know from the New Yorker. Jessica Greenbaum's narrative poems, in which objects and metaphor share highest honors, attempt revelation through close observation of the everyday. The book asks at heart: how does life present itself to us, and how do we create value from our delights and losses? Moving from 1960s Long Island, to 1980s Houston, to today's Brooklyn, the poems range in subject from the pages of the Talmud to a squirrel trapped in a kitchen. he title poem, in which the speaker and friends stumble through a series of flawed memories about each other, unearths the human vulnerabilities that shape so much of the collection.

Click for availability and more information Writers Writing Dying , by C. K. Williams
In Writers Writing Dying, C. K. Wolliams retains the essential parts of his poetic identity--his candor, the drama of his verses, the social conscience of his themes--while slyly reinventing himself, re-casting his voice, and in many poems examining the personal--sexual desire, the hubris of youth, the looming specter of death--more bluntly and bravely than ever. Poet Jess Taylor said, on NPR, that " it's a jaunty and surprisingly cheerful collection of poems about being mortal and loving poetry; cheerfully accessible, slightly morbid."

Graphic Novels

What can we say, we love Graphic Novels here at Greenwich Library. We have so many excellent ones it was hard to narrow down. These books run the gamut from silly to serious, from fiction to memoir and more. It's hard to imagine the time and concentration it takes to put these books together. They are a marvel and deserve more than a passing look. Stop by and take a few home.

Click for availability and more information The Best American Comics 2012 , edited by Francoise Mouly
A collection of the best graphic pieces published in 2012, compiled by art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly. Showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors--culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics and the Web. This year with a sampler of comics for kids.


Click for availability and more information The Carter Family: Don't Forget this Song , by Frank M. Young and David Lasky
This graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family, the first superstar group of country music, who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Many of their songs have influenced countless musicians and remain timeless country standards. It's also a moving account that reveals the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, its dynamic narrative is pure Americana. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the power of music and love.


Click for availability and more information Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!


Click for availability and more information Drawn Together, by Aline & R. Crumb
Who could have imagined that in 1972, when Aline Kominsky, a Long Island escapee and bodaciously talented artist, broke her foot one rainy fall day, it would result in the most unique collaboration in comics history? Laid up in her house, she was persuaded by R. Crumb, her nerdy, neurotic boyfriend, to pass the time drawing together a "two-man" comic. The result is a jaw-dropping yet tender account, not only of the joys and challenges of a legendary marriage but also of the obstacles faced by struggling female artists. The couple recall their success at shocking America with Weirdo Magazine, the life-altering birth of their precocious daughter Sophie, and their astonishing move to the safe haven of France.


Click for availability and more information A Game for Swallows : to die, to leave, to return, by Zeina Abirached
When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it's just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. The city of Beirut is cut in two, separated by bricks and sandbags and threatened by snipers and shelling. East Beirut is for Christians, and West Beirut is for Muslims. When Zeina's parents don't return one afternoon from a visit to the other half of the city and the bombing grows ever closer, the neighbors in her apartment house create a world indoors for Zeina and her brother where it's comfy and safe, where they can share cooking lessons and games and gossip. Together they try to make it through a dramatic day in the one place they hoped they would always be safe--home.


Click for availability and more information The Hive, by Charles Burns
Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X'ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend. Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. This is the second part of Charles Burns's trilogy.

Click for availability and more information The Hypo : the melancholic young Lincoln , by Noah Van Sciver
The debut graphic novel follows the young Abraham Lincoln as he loses everything, long before becoming our most beloved president. Lincoln is a rising Whig in the state's legislature as he arrives in Springfield, IL to practice law. With all of his possessions under his arms in two saddlebags, he is quickly given a place to stay by a womanizing young bachelor who becomes his friend and close confidant. Lincoln builds a life and begins friendships with the town's top lawyers and politicians. He attends elegant dances and meets an independent-minded young woman from a high-society Kentucky family, and after a brisk courtship, becomes engaged. But, as time passes and uncertainty creeps in, young Lincoln is forced to battle a dark cloud of depression brought on by a chain of defeats and failures culminating into a nervous breakdown that threatens his life and sanity. This cloud of dark depression Lincoln calls "The Hypo." Dense crosshatching and an attention to detail help bring together this completely original telling of a man driven by an irrepressible desire to pull himself up by his bootstraps, overcome all obstacles, and become the person he strives to be. All the while, unknowingly laying the foundation of character he would use as one of America's greatest presidents.

Click for availability and more information Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir, byEllen Forney
An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.

Click for availability and more information Sailor Twain: or, the Mermaid in the Hudson , by Mark Siegel
One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens. A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.

Click for availability and more information The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo : the graphic novel book 1,  adapted by Denise Mina
The first book of the graphic-novel adaptation Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is adapted by mystery writer Denise Mina.

Click for availability and more information Wizzywig : Portrait of a Serial Hacker, by Ed Piskor
Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle goes from a geeky child scammer to a federal fugitive and legend in the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers. A tale of a master manipulator reminds us of how much power can rest in the hands of a kid with a keyboard.

New Art Books

Our selectors have been very busy of late. Quite a few beautiful art books have arrived over the past few weeks. Here are some highlights.

Click for availability and more information The American Circus , edited by Susan Weber, Kenneth, L. Ames & Matthew Wittmann
This beautiful book, lavishly illustrated and carefully researched, explores how American culture, values, demography, and business practices altered the fundamental nature of the European circus, and how, by the end of the 19th century, they had transformed it into a distinctly American pastime.

Click for availability and more information Caribbean : Art at the Crossroads of the World, edited by Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes
This beautiful book offers an authoritative examination of the modern history of the Caribbean through its artistic culture. Featuring 500 color illustrations of artworks from the late 18th through the 21st century, the book explores modern and contemporary art, ranging from the Haitian revolution to the present.

Click for availability and more information Chinese Silks, edited by Dieter Kuhn
Over the past fifty years, archaeological explorations in China have unearthed a wealth of textile materials, some dating as far back as five thousand years. In this magnificently researched and illustrated book, preeminent Western and Chinese scholars draw upon these spectacular discoveries to provide the most thorough account of the history of silk ever written. This book presents a chronological history of silk from a variety of perspectives, including archaeological, technological, art historical, and aesthetic.

Click for availability and more information Erik Parker : Colorful Resistance , by Monica Ramirez-Montagut
The first retrospective look at the irreverent and boisterous artwork of painter Erik Parker. With deep roots in alternative comics, illustration, and graffiti, internationally acclaimed artist Erik Parker's work bridges underground culture and the pop-surrealism movement. Published to accompany the exhibition held at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, Summer 2012.

Click for availability and more information 40 under 40 : Craft Futures , by Nicholas R. Bell
In this beautifully illustrated volume, published in celebration of the Renwick Gallery's fortieth anniversary, author Nicholas Bell highlights forty artists (all under the age of forty) actively engaged in creating objects that are transforming contemporary craft. Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, July 20, 2012-February 3, 2013.

Click for availability and more information Jasper Johns : seeing with the mind's eye, edited by Gary Garrels
This book brings together established and younger scholars with the aim of exposing a new generation to the variety of critical approaches to this contemporary master. It takes a close, in-depth look at specific works of art and series, including paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptural pieces, and illustrated books from all periods of Johns's career. An eloquent, accessible survey of the work of the iconic American artist.

Click for availability and more information Leonardo and the Last Supper , by Ross King
A behind-the-scenes story of the creation of one of history's most influential artworks places its commission against a backdrop of an aging and insecure da Vinci's convictions that he had failed as an artist, describing the political and religious turmoil that influenced the painting's evolution and the personal beliefs that shaped da Vinci's symbolic choices.

Click for availability and more information The Lost Battles : Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the artistic duel that defined the Renaissance, by Jonathan Jones
A richly detailed account of the Renaissance artistic competition between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to paint the legendary "lost" masterpieces The Battle of Anghiari and The Battle of Cascina on the wall of the Great Council Hall in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Click for availability and more information Titian: a Fresh Look at Nature , by Antonio Mazzotta
Titian is best known for his portraits and mythological and religious works. Yet his first great achievement was to refashion the portrayal of nature in his own distinctive style. In this beautifully illustrated book, Antonio Mazzotta presents this experience, together with Titian's native landscape of Pieve di Cadore, as crucial influences in the artist's early representation of nature. The recently restored Flight into Egypt (now in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg)--probably painted when Titian was still a teenager--is vivid proof of his interest in the depiction of animals, plants, and figures in the landscape.

Click for availability and more information Totally Mad : 60 years of humor, satire, stupidity and stupidity, edited by John Ficarra
An ultimate collection of top-selected material from the past six decades of MAD Magazine. Whether you grew up with MAD in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, reading it with a flashlight under the covers so your parents wouldn't catch you, or in the 80s, 90s and beyond, this book will bring back fond memories and also provide a great introduction to MAD for new readers. Includes "The Soul of MAD", 12 classic cover prints, ten featuring Alfred E. Neuman, MAD's gap-toothed grinning idiot mascot.

Click for availability and more information Unearthed : recent archaeological discoveries from northern China, by Annette Juliano
Unearthed showcases recently excavated artifacts from Shanxi and Gansu provinces, many of which have never been exhibited outside China. These objects range from fantastical tomb guardian-beasts, to luxury goods reflecting the lucrative "Silk Road" trade, to objects designed for religious or ritual purposes, to a magnificent stone sarcophagus in the shape of a traditional Chinese house. Detailed essays discuss tradition and innovation in Chinese art; China's interactions with the outside world through trade and invasion; artistic techniques and styles; and cultural traditions. The acquisition of the artifacts is contextualized within the major developments in Chinese archaeology over the past hundred years, with particular attention to the intense periods after 1950 and its status today.

Children's Books

Our fantastic children's librarians have put together a list of their favorite new titles. Grab a stack next time you're here.


Click for availability and more information The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann
After humans win the faery wars in England, a half-human, half-faery child, scorned by both races, finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery. Reviled by both his human mother and faery father's cultures, changeling Bartholomew Kettle endures a life of isolation and fear before witnessing a kidnapping that enmeshes him in a sinister faery's web of intrigue and danger.

Click for availability and more information Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin
The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice. Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems. But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.

Click for availability and more information Who Could that be at this Hour, by Lemony Snicket
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first entry in a planned four-part series.


Click for availability and more information It's Raining Fish and Spiders, by Bill Evans
It's Raining Fish and Spiders covers everything, from tornadoes and hurricanes to lightning and the different kinds of snowflakes. The author, an Emmy winning meteorologist, addresses weather myths and facts, from "Can it really rain fish?" to "Will opening a window save my house during a tornado?" The author also tells his most exciting personal weather stories: flying with the Hurricane Hunters, riding pell-mell through Tornado Alley with storm chasers, and visiting the coldest place on Earth. The book includes simple weather experiments that can be performed at home without expensive equipment.

Click for availability and more information National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry : 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar, and roar!, edited by J. Patrick Lewis
Combines sumptuous photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a dynamic compilation selected by the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.

Picture Books

Click for availability and more information Bear has a Story to Tell, by Philip Christian Stead
Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn't have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story? This endearing story of friendship and patience is a worthy companion to Philip and Erin Stead's last collaboration, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

Click for availability and more information Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson
Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Maya is different--she wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.

Click for availability and more information It's Duffy Time, by Audrey Wood
Loving, playful, and outgoing, Duffy makes it clear why pug dogs are one of America's most popular and beloved pets. In addition, as we follow Duffy through his gentle adventures, a clock is cleverly tucked into each illustration, showing children the time of day-and helping them learn how to tell time! Like most pugs, Duffy loves to sleep, and from the time he wakes for breakfast to the time he prepares for bed, Duffy's day is punctuated by delicious naps: the Before Breakfast Nap; the After Breakfast Nap; the Late Morning Nap; and so on. When his best friend, a playful girl, comes home from school, Duffy helps her with her homework, followed by his Early Evening Nap.

Click for availability and more information Jangles: a Big Fish Story, by David Shannon
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught. From the author of No, David!

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