• How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

    How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

    Jones, Saeed

    Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 131 on 23 copies

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  • The Crying Book

    The Crying Book

    Christle, Heather

    Award-winning poet Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and must reckon with her own struggles with depression and the birth of her first child. How she faces her joy, grief, anxiety, impending motherhood, and conflicted truce with the world results in a moving meditation on the nature, rapture, and perils of crying--from the history of tear-catching gadgets (including the woman who designed a gun that shoots tears) to the science behind animal tears (including moths who drink them) to the fraught role of white women's tears in racist violence.

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 46 on 8 copies

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  • Crazy Brave: A Memoir

    Crazy Brave: A Memoir

    Harjo, Joy

    A memoir from the Native American poet describes her youth with an abusive stepfather, becoming a single teen mom, and how she struggled to finally find inner peace and her creative voice.

    Format: Book - 2012

    Holds: 39 on 8 copies

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  • Homie: Poems

    Homie: Poems

    Smith, Danez

    Danez Smith is our president Homie is Danez Smith's magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith's close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family--blood and chosen--arrives with just the right food and some redemption. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez's friends and for you and for yours. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2020

    Holds: 32 on 203 copies

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  • Felon: Poems

    Felon: Poems

    Betts, Reginald Dwayne

    "A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys "the visceral effect that prison has on identity" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poems-canvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace-and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person's life. The poems move between traditional and newfound forms with power and agility-from revolutionary found poems created by redacting court documents to the astonishing crown of sonnets that serves as the volume's radiant conclusion. Drawing inspiration from lawsuits filed on behalf of the incarcerated, the redaction poems focus on the ways we exploit and erase the poor and imprisoned from public consciousness. Traditionally, redaction erases what is top secret; in Felon, Betts redacts what is superfluous, bringing into focus the profound failures of the criminal justice system and the inadequacy of the labels it generates. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a "felon.""--

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 30 on 6 copies

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  • Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

    Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

    Guterson, David

    Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase "turn around time" as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home--regardless of whether you have reached your destination. For award-winning novelist David Guterson, it is also a metaphor for where we find ourselves in the middle of our lives, and his new narrative poem explores this idea through a lyrical journey along a trail, much like those in Washington's mountain ranges he hiked while growing up. Even outdoor-lovers who are not normally readers of poetry will relate to the physicality of hiking represented here, from endless trail switchbacks to foot and ankle pains. There is a fast-moving, propulsive quality to David's writing, with lush language, vivid imagery, and pacing that resonates as a journey on foot. His words are brought further to life by the delicate yet mythical illustrations by award-winning artist Justin Gibbens. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 20 on 222 copies

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  • Like Falling Through A Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir of Coping With Forgetfulness, Confusion, and A Dreaded Diagnosis

    Like Falling Through A Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir of Coping With Forgetfulness, Confusion, and A Dreaded Diagnosis

    Zukerman, Eugenia

    Recounts the author's discovery, consultations, and diagnosis, all while navigating the death of her 103-year-old mother, a performance at the Kenedy Center, and the consolidation of her life via a full-time move to upstate New York.

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 16 on 3 copies

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  • Actual Air

    Actual Air

    Berman, David

    Back in print for the first time this era is David Berman s Actual Air. Released in paperback in 1999 by the now-defunct Open City and praised everywhere in the then-ascendant print press industry, David Berman s first (and only) book of poetry is a journey though shared and unreliable memory. Features of the second edition are: new larger dimensions and enlarged typeface, new dustjacket artwork variant, deluxe cloth boards, and updated full-colour endpapers. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 15 on 4 copies

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  • Odes to Lithium: Poems

    Odes to Lithium: Poems

    Erlichman, Shira

    In this remarkable debut, Shira Erlichman pens a love letter to Lithium, her medication for Bipolar Disorder. With inventiveness, compassion, and humor, she thrusts us into a world of unconventional praise. From an unexpected encounter with her grandmother's ghost, to a bubble bath with Bjӧrk, to her plumber's confession that he, too, has Bipolar, Erlichman buoyantly topples stigma against the mentally ill. These are necessary odes to self-acceptance, resilience, and the jagged path toward healing. With startling language, and accompanied by her bold drawings and collages, she gives us a sparkling, original view into what makes us human. (syndetics)

    Format: Book - 2019

    Holds: 15 on 4 copies

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  • Love Poems: (for Married People)

    Love Poems: (for Married People)

    Kenney, John

    "Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for, well, married people."-- (1/19/2020 11:07:54 AM)

    Format: Book - 2018

    Holds: 15 on 5 copies

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