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The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965–2010

Like all great poets, Lucille Clifton made what is intensely personal universal, and what is widely felt a visceral experience. Her poems do not shy away from that which is painful, but move into it and illuminate it with humor, intelligence, and the wonder of language. To finally have a full collection of her work is an opportunity not to be missed. We can proudly call her a local poet: She taught at UCSC!
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By Lucille Clifton, Toni Morrison (Foreword by), Kevin Young (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781934414903
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Published: BOA Editions - August 28th, 2012

The Poems of Octavio Paz edited & translated by Eliot Weinberger

“I am a man: little do I last / and the night is enormous” begins my favorite Paz poem. I think his work has lasted far longer than he could have envisioned. He has the ability to move seamlessly from the political to the personal, the familiar to the fantastical; and here is the full of span of his career as a poet, from his first published poem to his last. A must have!
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By Octavio Paz, Eliot Weinberger (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811220439
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 23rd, 2012

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

According to Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Mary Oliver, it is every poet’s duty to “cultivate their sense of wonder in life.” That is, after all, what her work always does. From a blade of grass to the wide cycle of life, her keen eye on the world ever leaves a reader uplifted, curious, and gazing with wider eyes.
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ISBN: 9781594204777
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2012

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann

This book has everything: intrigue, adventure, romance, and enough twists and turns to keep even the most restless mind occupied. Emil Larson stands on the cusp of history, and he’ll either get everything he’s ever wanted, or he’ll lose his wits, his fortune, and even his life, as the city itself stands on the brink of ruin or revolution, depending on how you read the cards. A delicious and satisfying read.
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ISBN: 9780061995347
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Published: Ecco - October 23rd, 2012

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

I fell in love with this book once I got over my green envy of its author. I would like to have come up with the notion: what if pain glowed with its light? In a series of wonderfully diverse stories, Brockmeier explores just that in a manner that's much like the light described: painful, but impossible to look away from till it's done.
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Shaffer

This book has all the best ingredients for a good read: history, characters you wish were your friends, romance, and a built-in love of other literature. It had me ready to pack up and move to the island of Guernsey (now that the war is long over of course.) One of my favorite comfort novels.
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

The Lady Matador's Hotel by Cristina Garcia

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It never drags, and its pages are populated by endlessly engaging characters, both villainous and sympathetic. From despots to parrots that spout leftist poetry the Hotel Matador is a melting pot of intrigues and assignations, ambitions, revenge, and heartbreak. The only thing certain about this story's ending is that you will not want it to happen.
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Published: Scribner - January 3rd, 2012

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Corrupt officials, prostitutes, crime and ghosts are all part of a normal day for Detective Jitpleecheep. When his partner is killed by a cobra on speed, that's when things get interesting. Burdett manages to sink his mystery deep into the layers of Thailand's culture and makes another world seem as close as next door. The only time I could put this book down was to go satisfy my craving for the cuisine.
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 13th, 2004

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A fortune at stake, an evil corporation to defeat, a girl to win, and more than one world to save. Wade Watts has his work cut out for him, and the competition just blew up his trailer. This book is a veritable “nerdacopia” of references and nostalgia. If you’ve ever played a video game or an RPG, or are even vaguely conscious of the 1980s, this is the book for you!

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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

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