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Jonathan Franzen's newest book of essays, The End of the End of the Earth, does not disappoint.This riveting book is a compilation of 16 essays and speeches from the past five years. In them, he wrestles with the issues of the day, the nature of literature, and birds.
For sixty years, Robert Bly has had a brilliant career as a poet and has been called a “great American transcendentalist” by the New York Times. Inspired by Emerson and Thoreau, Bly is a National Book Award winner and received the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal. Collected Poems of Robert Bly, brings together 14 volumes of his poetry, published between 1962 and 2011, into one masterful collection -- a gathering of the poet's body of work over sixty years starting with his debut, Silence in the Snow Fields through his most recent book, Talking Into The Ear of a Donkey. This collected anthology presents the full magnitude of his prowess as a poet and provides his fans with his oeuvre in a handy volume of transcendent poetry.
Mirah Bolender's debut sci-fi/fantasy novel, City of Broken Magic, creates an interesting world of magic and monsters. The story follows Laura, a young woman apprenticing as a Sweeper - the folks who’s job is to protect people from infestations aka monsters that eat magic and people.
On the surface this is the story of a young woman who is apprenticing with a difficult man to become a Sweeper, the under-appreciated people who protect citizens from infestations, those monsters created as a weapon by magi that they couldn’t control and which became a threat to all as these monsters ate magic- and people. On a deeper level, it is a novel about a society very much divided by class where the greatest threats, aside from the infestations, seem to come from disinformation disseminated by a government wishing to convince everyone that everything is just fine. A cliffhanger ending portends further adventures in Amicae.
The story is compelling and the book is a fine first effort.
Katharine Johnson's engaging text and Alicia Schwab's bright illustrations engage all ages as we follow along Karhu, who, with help from his friends, dances his way to Finn Town's winter liveliest event, the Mukluk Ball.
Alicia Schwab drew inspiration from Ely, MN picturesque local for her illustrations. Katharine Johnson hails from Cloquet, MN and based this story on the actual Mukluk Ball of Ely's Winter Festival.