Though I can’t prove it, this long list of Irish-American poets seems to indicate that a gift for storytelling is in the genes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with poetry by these descendants of the Emerald Isle.
Unger’s knack for blending encroaching danger with complex relationship themes is as sharp as ever here, as she creates characters facing the tangle of betrayals and mistakes that have shaped their identities.
I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl”in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!”
Lynn: Faithful readers know that Megan Whalen Turner’s new book, Thick as Thieves(May 2017), was the advanced readers copy we were most excited to bring home from ALA Midwinter. Well, I greedily inhaled it immediately, and now I will have to wait another excruciatingly long time till the next one.
A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry.