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Best Books for Summer Reading, 2008

By Book Review Editor Grace Cavalieri


THE MONTSERRAT REVIEW PRESENTS “Best Print Picks” 2008.

Grace Cavalieri, Book Review Editor, chooses The Best Reading for Summer 2008.
The books listed are in no particular order.


BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR:
Lady of the Snakes by Rachel Pastan. c2008,
Harcourt. 320 pages. ISBN: 0-15-101369-1.


BEST MEMOIR:
Against the Grain: A Memoir by Reed Whittemore. c2007,
Dryad Press( in assoc. with the Univ. of Alaska Press.) 329 pages. ISBN: 978-1-92875509-8.


BEST FICTION:
And Silent Left the Place by Elizabeth Bruce. c2007,
Washington Writers Publishing House. 223 pgs. 00-931846-87-0.

Electric Grace edited by Richard Peabody. c2007,
Paycock Press. 407pgs. ISBN: 0931181259.

Not What I Expected, edited by Donya Currie Arias. c2007,
Paycock Press. 363 pgs. ISBN: 9780931181269.


BEST POETRY JOURNALS:
The Bitter Oleander edited by Paul B. Roth. c2008,
The Bitter Oleander Press. 126 pgs. ISSN: 1087-8483.

Shrim, guest edited by Merrill Leffler. c2008,
Intermedia Productions. 40 pgs.

OCHO #17: MiPOesias Print Companion, guest edited by Denise Duhamel.c2008,
A Menendez Publication. 82 pgs. ISBN: 978-1434890184.

Paterson Literary Review edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan. c2008, Passaic County Community College.
353 pgs. ISSN: 0743-2259.
Poet Lore, edited by Jody Bolz and E.Ethelbert Miller.c2008, The Writer’s Center. Vol 1 &2. 157 pgs. ISSN: 00321966.


BEST TEXTBOOK:
The Steiny Road To Operadom: The Making of American Operas by Karren LaLonde Alenier. c2007,
Unlimited Publishing LLC. 310 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-58832-192-3.


BEST POETRY BOOKS AND POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

When I Said Goodbye by DiDi Menendez. c2008.
BlazeVOX Books. 67 pgs. ISBN: 9781934289860.

Smoke and Strong Whiskey by Robin Chapman. c2008,
WordTech Editions. 92 pgs. ISBN: 9781933456966.

Helen Takes the Stage: The Helen Keller Poems by Kathi Wolfe. c2008,
Pudding House Publications. 29 pgs. ISBN: 1-58998-654-7.

What We Already Knew by Rick Cannon. c2007,
Sheltering Pines Press. 18 pgs.

The Good Body by Anne Becker. c2007,
Finishing Line Press. 29 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-59924-165-4.

We Bed Down Into Water by John Rybicki. c2008,
Northwestern Univ. Press Tri Quarterly Books. 79pgs. ISBN: 978-0-8101-5187.

The Heart That Lies Outside the Body by Stephanie Lenox. c2007,
Slapering Hol Press. 27pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9700277.

Lip Prints by Alexis Rotella. c2007,
Tanka Press. 144 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-6151-6502-8.

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe. c2008,
W.W. Norton & Co. c2008. 68 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-6151-6502-8.

A Slender Grace by Rod Jellema. c2004,
William B.Erdmans Publishing Co.112pgs. ISBN: 0-8028-2782-9.

The Alchemy of Grief by Emily Ferrara,
with Italian translation by Sabine Pascarelli. c2007,
Bordighera Press. 100pgs. ISBN: 978-1884419898.

Sailor In The Rain by Denis Garrison. c2007,
MET Press. 129 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-6151-8497-5.

Gold Carp Jack Fruit Mirrors by George Kalamaras. c2008,
The Bitter Oleander Press. 133pgs. ISBN: 09786335-1-2.

Language for a New Century, edited by Tina Chang,
Natalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. c2008,
W.W.Norton & Co. 713 pgs. 978-0-393-33238-4.

Fire Before the Hands by Michael S. Glaser. c2008,
The Anabiosis Press. 20 pgs. ISBN: 0972795561.

The Boatloads by Dan Albergotti. c2008,
BOA Editions. 93pgs. 978-1-934414-03-3.

Natural Selection by Leslie Heywood. c2008,
Louisiana Literature Press. 56pgs. ISBN: 978-0-94083-21-4.

Human Dark With Sugar by Brenda Shaughnessy. c2008,
Copper Canyon Press. 77 pgs. 978-55659-276-8.

Queen of a Rainy Country by Linda Pastan. c2006,
W.W. Norton & Co. 77pgs. ISBN: 978 0-393-06247-2.

Tell Me Where To Be Born by Avideh Shashaani. c2008,
Forest Woods. 131 pgs. ISBN: 9780938572442.

Elephants & Butterflies by Alan Michael Parker. c2008,
BOA Editions.89 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-934414-05-7.

Call from Paris by Prartho Sereno. c2008,
The Word Works. 69 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-915380-68-8.

The Fortieth Day by Kazim Ali. c2008,
BOA Editions. 74 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-934414-04-0.

The Why and Later edited by Carly Sachs. c2008,
Deep Cleveland Press. 115 pgs. ISBN: 0-9742054-7-8.

Barter by Monica Youn. c2008,
Graywolf Press. 75 pgs. ISBN: 978-1555973810.

Subject To Change by Matthew Thorburn. c2008,
New Issues Poetry & Prose. 75 pgs. ISBN: 1-930974-46-9.

Fire To Fire: New and Selected Poems by Mark Doty. c2008,
Harper. 336 pgs. ISBN: 978-0060752477.

That Little Something by Charles Simic. c2008,
Harcourt. 96 pgs. ISBN: 978-0151013593.

Always The Trains by Judy Neri. c2007,
Scarith. 100 pgs. ISBN: 978-0980081411.

A Yes-or No Answer by Jane Shore. c2008,
Houghton Mifflin. 80 pgs. ISBN: 978-0547006031.

Crush by Kwame Alexander. c2007,
Word of Mouth. 67pgs. ISBN: 978-1888018-40-0.

Discount Fireworks by Wendy Taylor Carlisle. C2008,
Jacaranda Press. 80 pgs. ISBN: 1-884516-15-7.


Grace Cavalieri is a poet and playwright. She produces and hosts "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress for public radio.

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