Welcome back to another round of Sneak Peek Sunday! You’ll find these titles on our shelves Tuesday, March 21.
Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry is an anthology of 75 recipes, accompanied by poems written by Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, Mark Strand, and many more. Author Nicole Gulotta developed this collection out of her blog of the same name, which garnered recognition from both SAVEUR and Poetry Magazine. For instance, three recipes accompany Billy Collins’ poem “While Eating a Pear”: pear and manchego grilled cheese, warm vanilla-pear crumble, and triple ginger coffee cake. “First Thanksgiving” by Sharon Olds features brussels sprouts and avocado salad, wild rice with chestnut and leeks, and sage and mushroom gravy. On her blog, Gulotta wrote, “Eat This Poem is a call for more stillness. Reading a poem and cooking a meal are, quite simply, acts of self care.” If you’re voracious for verse as well as vittles, Eat This Poem is your book.
From Archipelago Books, a nonprofit press publishing excellent works in translation, comes The Exploded View by South African postmodernist Ivan Vladislavić. The Exploded View is a novel in four parts, and each part features the internal workings of a different denizen of Johannesburg: a statistician taking the national census, an engineer out on the town, an artist fascinated by genocide, and a contractor tasked with installing billboards. Vladislavić has written fiction and non-fiction, even collaborating on an award-winning book of photography. His love for art and architecture is evident throughout The Exploded View’s descriptions of the city and the artist character’s fixations. The White Review declared, “Ivan Vladislavić is one of a handful of writers working in South Africa after apartheid whose work will still be read in fifty years.”
Griffin Watts is 13 years old, living in New York City in 1974. His city is transforming and his family is falling apart. Griffin’s father recruits him into the shadier side of the family’s antique restoration business: salvaging gargoyles and other architectural accouterments from tenement buildings and skyscrapers alike. Griffin wants to reconnect with his father and alleviate his mother’s financial burdens. The risks he takes escalate, isolating him emotionally and endangering him physically; how much do we owe to our families? The Gargoyle Hunters by John Freeman Gill is a tender, heartbreaking and funny bildungsroman, full of adventure; and Gill’s extensive knowledge and blissful descriptions of architecture will you leave you yearning for the New York City of the past.
Other notable releases:
- The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown by Catherine Burns (memoir/essays)
- A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell (thriller/suspense)
- A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes (political science)
- The River of Kings by Taylor Brown (historical fiction/adventure)
- Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith (thriller/suspense)