N.org Book Report for April 19, 2007

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Now that we've all filed our taxes for another year (you remembered right?), it's time to stop the paperwork and start the paperfun.   Heh.  Yup, came up with that one all by myself.  I think I'll get some t-shirts made...

Book report inside...

River City Books got form 7383-EZ in early this year - it's National Poetry Month:

A Month To Celebrate Poetry

As you may know, April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, River City Books is sponsoring an open-mike poetry night at 9 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at The Contented Cow. That is, an evening intended for poetry fans of all stripes. Whether you craft verse for a living or you once read a poem a long time ago that you can’t remember the name of, this night is for you. Bring your own poem or someone else’s, read interpretively or deadpan, or just come to listen. The event is free. 

To get warmed up for this special evening the past several days The Raven has been posting poems to RCBlog, which you may want to check out. Here are also some books you may also want to thumb through: 

1. The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser 

Comment: If you want an accessible poet who explores simple but profound themes, Kooser’s your man. This is a rare guidebook to writing and revising poems; the former U.S. poet laureate offers tools, insights, instructions and warnings against instructions. New in paperback. 

2. Dylan Thomas: Selected Poems, 1934-1952 by Dylan Thomas 

Comment: This amazing collection features Thomas’ choice of the ninety poems he felt would best represent his work. So that’s saying something.

3. Animal Poems by Valerie Worth (illustrated by Steve Jenkins) 

Comment: The way Worth illuminates the uniqueness of various animals in her precise and elegant free verse will delight children (and their parents) of her celebrated collection All the Small Poems as well as readers encountering her poetry for the first time.

4. New and Selected Poems, Volume 2 by Mary Oliver 

Comment: Who has contributed more important, beautiful poetry in the past half-century than Mary Oliver? This collection presents forty-two new poems along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since the first volume.

5. The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins 

Comment: Perhaps the most playful and witty poet of our lifetime. In this collection — new in paperback — Collins explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, the writing life: “By now, it should go without saying / that what the oven is to the baker / and the berry-stained blouse to the drycleaner / so the window is to the poet.”

6. Good Poems for Hard Times, edited by Garrison Keillor 

Comment: The 185 poems in this follow-up to the acclaimed anthology Good Poems are perfect for troubled times like these. Included are giants such as William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman and lesser-known talents such as R. S. Gwynn and Jennifer Michael Hecht.

7. Slouching Toward Nirvana: New Poems by Charles Bukowski 

Comment: The most prolific dead poet in history — and still daring as they come. 

The Northfield Public Library has filed form 1837-A, The Most Requested Books of the Week:

Title Author Number of Requests
Obsession an Alex Delaware novel Kellerman Jonathan 12
Step on a crack a novel Patterson James 1947 12
Nineteen minutes a novel Picoult Jodi 1966 10
Harry Potter and the deathly hallows Rowling J K 10
Invisible prey ON ORDER SHELF DATE 05 15 Sandford John 1944 Feb 23 10
I heard that song before Clark Mary Higgins 9
alibi man Hoag Tami 8
Stalemate Johansen Iris 8
6th target Patterson James 1947 8
watchman Crais Robert 7
Lean mean thirteen ON ORDER SHELF DATE 6 19 07 Evanovich Janet 7
Whitethorn Woods Binchy Maeve 6
Daddys girl Scottoline Lisa 6
Simple genius Baldacci David 5
Shopaholic baby Kinsella Sophie 5
audacity of hope thoughts on reclaiming the American dream Obama Barack 5
Exile a novel Patterson Richard North 5
river knows Quick Amanda 5

Monkey See, Monkey Read has filed form 9281-Q, which is their Top 5 Manga Titles this week...

Top 5 Manga titles
1.  Fruits Basket V. 16 by Natsuki Takaya

3. Kino No Tabi by Keiichi Sigsawa

4.  D.N. Angel vols. 1 & 2 by Yukiru Sugisaki

5. Naruto Vol. 13 by Masashi Kishimoto

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