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Mary Ruefle manages to bring magnificent literary criticism into dialogue with insights about universal experience (fear, memory, sentimentality) in that way only a poet can. For anyone who is engaged in the poetry world, this collection will have you marking up or dog-earing just about every page. The way she says such simple things can strike so true that you wonder how no one else has said it that way to you before. For instance, about writing she says, “I used to think I wrote because there was something I wanted to say…but now I know I continue to write because I have not yet heard what I have been listening to.” I cannot recommend this collection enough; it’s one of those books I will return to over and over again.

Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

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Mychal Denzel Smith is both urgent and hilarious as he goes from Dave Chapelle to Lebron James, and from male masculinity to the role of the strong black woman deserving more respect. He speaks about mental illness & LGBTQ in the black community, subjects that are considered too taboo to be discussed. But he has the strength and knowledge to raise the discussion about these topics and make you want to hear more. Running a thread throughout about the horrors and struggles of constantly seeing our young black men & women killed by the authorities sworn to protect us, he is yet another amazing voice speaking up. And he needs to be heard.

 

The Annotated African American Folktales (The Annotated Books) Cover Image
By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor), Maria Tatar (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780871407535
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Published: Liveright - November 14th, 2017

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To reduce an irreducible book, this is a set of linked essays around breast cancer: the author’s own, those of figures like Susan Sontag and Audre Lorde, and those of the pseudonymous Internet posters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll think, not least about why some things might make you laugh and cry instead of others. And none are better at infusing that deep thought into their vocabulary and syntax than Anne Boyer. It’s the kind of book where certain passages hit so hard, you have to step back for a second to feel your basest-level reasoning alter, about the cancer-care marketplace and much beyond. For someone writing so eloquently about oncologically-induced exhaustion, Boyer’s is the most alert writing of the year.

 
The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279349
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

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