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Best Books for Spring Reading, 2010

By Grace Cavalieri, Book Review Editor

Books are in no particular order


BEST NOVELS
Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam by Wayne Karlin © 2009. Nation Books. 368 pgs. ISBN::978156858-405-8.
The Last War by Ana Menendez. © 2009.Harper Collins.225 pgs. 978-0-06-172476-3.
Wild Nights, Wild nights: The Story of Emily Dickinson’s “Master,” Neighbor and Friend and Bridegroom, by Daniela Gioseffi. © 2010. Plain View Press. 372 pgs. 978-1-935514-44-2.
The Humbling by Philip Roth. © 2009. Houghton Mifflin. !60 pgs. 978-0547239699.
Pilgrims by Garrison Keillor © 2009. Viking/Penguin. 297 pgs. 978-670-02109-3.
The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Miller. © 2009. Harper Collins. 290 pgs. 978-0-06-191604-5.
The Private Patient by P.D. James. © 2009. Alfred. A. Knopf. 290 pgs. 978-0-307-20771-1
Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving. © 2009. Random House.553 pgs. 978-1-4000-6384-0.

BEST SCHOLARLY WORKS
African American Writers & Classical Tradition by William W. Cook and James Tatum.© 2010. The Univ. of Chicago Press.373 pgs. (454 pgs with notes) 978-0-226-78996-5.

BEST POETRY
The White Museum by Geoge Bilgere. © 2010. Autumn House Press. 72 pgs. 978-1-932-870-35-0.
Parade of our Everyday by Kate Shunney. © 2009. 53 pgs. High Street Press. 978-0-615-33651-0.
Why The House Is Made Of Gingerbread by Ava Leavell Haymon © 2009 LSU Press. 58 pgs. 978-0-8071-35853.
The Least of These by Todd Davis. © 2010. Michigan State Univ. Press. 121 pgs. 978-0-87013-875-1.
Romey’s Order by Atsuro Riley. © 2010. The Univ. of Chicago Press. 51 pgs. 978-0-226-71944-3.
The Breath of Surrender edited by Robert Epstein. © 2009. Modern English Tanka Press. 91 pgs. 978-1-935398-14-1.
Habeas Corpus by Jill McDonough.© 2008. Salt Publishing. 50 pgs. 978-184471-424-7.
Mayweed by Fannie Lindsay. © 2009. The Word Works. 71 pgs. 9780915380732.
La Musa Lunatica/The Lunatic Muse by Rafael Jesus Gonsalez. © 2009. Pandemonium Press. 54 pgs. 078-1-934379-56-
Cures Include Travel by Susan Rich. © 2006. White Pine Press. 95 pgs.978-1-893-996-75-5.
Tired by Allen Strous. © 2009. The Backwaters Press. 77 pgs. 978-1-935218-13-5.

BEST ANTHOLOGIES
The Call: An Anthology of Women’s Writing, edited by Calder Lowe,
Dragonfly Press, © 2009
OCHO 29, edited by DiDi Menendez. © 2010. Goss 183:: Casa Menendez. 82pgs.
Full Moon On K Street: Poems about Washington D.C., edited by Kim Roberts. © 2010. 147 pgs.
New Millennium Writings #19, edited by Don Williams. New Millennium. 189 pgs. 1-888 338-26-1.
Gargoyle, edited by Richard Peabody. © 2009. Main Street Rag Publishing. 078-0-931181-31-3.
The Green Rolling Hills, edited by V.J. Banes. © 2008. The Borgo Press. 172 pgs.

BEST LITERARY PERIODICALS
Poets & Artists, O&S. © 2010. VOL. 3, Issue 3. March/April. Pub by DiDi Menendez; Creative Dir. I.M. Bess. Poetry Editor David Krump and Melissa McEwen. Art Reviewer Grady Harp. 151 pgs.9781440400230.
Concise Delight, edited by Denis M. Garrison. © 2009. Modern English Tanka Press. 146 pgs. New Letters. Vol. 76. No.!,
Wide Is The Gate, edited by Robert Stewart. © 2009. Univ. of Missour, Kansas City. 178 pgs. ISSN-0652-800.
Redactions: Poetry& Poetics. Issue 12. Guest Editor Rob Carney. © 2009.Redactions. 88pgs.
Yomimono14, edited by Suzanne Kamata. 56 pgs. 771-1210. Japan.

BEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS
No Blues This Raucous Song by Lynn Wagner. © 2009. Slapering Hol Presa. 24 pgs. 978-0-9820626-2-3.
Dark Berries by Clifford Bernier. © 2009. Pudding House Publications. 26 pgs. 1-58998-822-3.
Shirim: A Jewish Poetry Journal by Eytan Eytan. © 2007. Intermedia Productions. 30 pgs.
Amore on Hope St. by Maria Lisella. © 2009. Finishing line Press. 978-1-5992-533-1.

BEST BOOK ON CIVICS AND SOCIAL CONCIOUSNESS
Something Deeper Happened: Young Voices and the 2008 Election, edited by Avideh Shashaani. © 2010, Forest Woods Media & Fund for the Future of Children. 145 pgs. 978-09-38572503.

BEST HEALTH BOOK
100 Questions & Answers: About Sports, Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri and Simon Bartlett. © 2010. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. 231 pgs. 978-0-7637-7886-6.

BEST SELF HELP BOOK
Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression and Anxiety and Making The Most of Bad Genes by Terese J. Borchard. © 2010 Vintage Books, Random House. 247 pgs. 978-1-59995-156-0.

BEST MEMOIR
Daughters of Empire by Jane Satterfield. © 2009. Demeter Press. 117 pgs. 978-1-55014-503-8.


Grace Cavalieri is a poet and playwright. She produces and hosts "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress for public radio. Her latest book is Anna Nicole: POEMS, © 2008.

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