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April

National Poetry Month
[20% off all Poetry Books!]

Easter - April 1st
Arbor Day - April 27th
Spring



Famous Literary Birthdays
Maya Angelou - April 4th
Booker T. Washington - April 5th
Barbara Kingsolver - April 8th
Beverly Cleary - April 12th
Charlotte Bronte - April 21st
Harper Lee - April 28th



 


The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449489427
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 6th, 2018

2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one -- the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series.

 

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now--indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one.


The Sun and Her Flowers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449486792
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

 

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

 

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom


Last Sext Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040331
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Published: Tin House Books - June 14th, 2016

What emerges is an infinite series of false endings--each a trap door containing the possibility for alchemy, rebirth, and renewal. Part elegy, part confessional, part battle cry, Last Sext confronts both eternal longing and the mystery of mortality, with language hot, primal, and dark, as Broder's fans have come to love.


Lighthead: Poems (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143116967
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Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2010

In this thoroughly delightful collection, Hayes invites readers to share his experience and especially his sense of the African American experience through the eyes of such alter egos as Lighthead, Bullethead, Tankhead, and Orpheus. "I already know the difference/ between hearing and listening," one narrator says, and if they are paying attention, readers will, too, in poems that acquire their power through humor and music, the rhythm of a line, the cadence of a song whether that song be a sonnet or a litany of "Twenty-six Imaginary T-shirts" or an homage to the likes of Marvin Gaye or Gwendolyn Brooks. In Hayes's two Golden Shovel poems, he ends his own lines with Brooks's words. Further evidence of Hayes's innovation can be seen in three "Pecha Kucha" (pe-chak-cha) poems, a take on the Japanese phrase for "chitchat" and a kind of business presentation. Hayes delivers his narratives in 20 short stanzas, each a short take on a subject. "How, with pipes of winter/ lining his cognition, does someone learn/ to bring a sentence to its knees?" Terrance Hayes does.


The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop Cover Image
By Kevin Coval (Editor), Quraysh Ali Lansana (Editor), Nate Marshall (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781608463954
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 7th, 2015

Chicago poet Coval (Schtick, 2013), the founder of the largest teen poetry slam in the country, Louder than A Bomb, teams up with fellow Chicago hip-hop aficionados and poets Quraysh Ali Lansana (The Walmart Republic, 2014) and Nate Marshall to create the first definitive anthology of poems by poets who fuse together the aesthetic of hip-hop and the style of slam poetry with the written-word tradition. Coval and company have even coined a term to describe this group of more than 70 poets born between 1961 and 1999, The BreakBeat Poets. With a strong belief in social change through the arts, the editors trace the evolution of poetry in hip-hop culture and present multi-literate hip-hop centric voices that capture the vernacular of the times. Even as they attempt to narrow and define this vital genre, the refreshing plurality and range of the contributors expands the very concept of BreakBeat. Here are mainstays Tara Betts, Marty McConnell, Willie Perdomo, and Samantha Thornhill as well as newcomers Malcolm London, Ocean Vuong, and Jamila Woods, all powering this dynamic, groundbreaking, genre-merging volume.


A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062399458
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 24th, 2017

Life doesn't begin and end with the memory of family trauma or past scars, as evidenced by this intimate collection from poet and activist Giovanni (Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid). Her clear-eyed and heartfelt work reflects on how internal and external influences shaped her artistic journey. For Giovanni, poetry is not a self-contained medium. Rather, it's a subtle and nuanced mosaic pieced together from the challenges of choosing to truly live rather than succumb to the stasis of merely existing. In a long prose poem that doubles as a brief biographical sketch, Giovanni writes, "It seems to me I've always been a small business. Now my business is poetry." For Giovanni, poetry wouldn't be possible without a self-propelled work ethic born out of the instability and violence she experienced in her youth. She also devotes several pieces to the late Maya Angelou, her friend and peer. Giovanni captures Angelou's cultural impact and ability to hold court with a wide variety of thinkers, artists, and celebrities: "When they make the movie Doc: The Story of Maya Angelou half the fun will be who appears at the table." Giovanni willingly confronts the uglier moments of her childhood while retaining a belief in the goodness of the human spirit.


When Spring Comes Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062741660
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 6th, 2018

Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honoree Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And acclaimed artist Dronzek's gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the newborn spring.


What Will Grow? Cover Image
By Jennifer Ward, Susie Ghahremani (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681190303
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 14th, 2017

From the team behind the gorgeous What Will Hatch? comes a jacketed companion book, all about seeds and the plants that grow from them--and featuring four pull-out gatefolds.


The Easter Egg Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399547331
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2017

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Bunny with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin's egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches. When the Easter Bunny arrives and Hoppi presents the empty blue eggshell, the Easter Bunny declares it the very best one to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

 

Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin's family drama unfolds.

 

Jan Brett's lovable bunny hero and her remarkable Easter Bunny will enchant young readers.


National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region (National Audubon Society Field Guides) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780394507606
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 1980

Nearly 700 species of trees are detailed in beautiful, full-color photographs of leaf shape, bark, flowers, fruit, and fall leaves, and accompanied by informative text. Both compact and comprehensive, this is the ideal companion for beginner and advanced tree-peepers alike.

 

Note: the Eastern Edition generally covers states east of the Rocky Mountains, while the Western Edition covers the Rocky Mountain range and all the states to the west of it.


The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981292
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 3rd, 2015

The Man Who Planted Trees is the inspiring story of David Milarch's quest to clone the biggest trees on the planet in order to save our forests and ecosystem--as well as a hopeful lesson about how each of us has the ability to make a difference.

 

"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."--Chinese proverb

 

Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world--the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change--and create a kind of Noah's ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he'd been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world's great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn't be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned some of the world's oldest trees--among them giant redwoods and sequoias. They have also grown seedlings from the oldest tree in the world, the bristlecone pine Methuselah.

 

When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins came upon Milarch's story, he was fascinated but had his doubts. Yet over several years, listening to Milarch and talking to scientists, he came to realize that there is so much we do not yet know about trees: how they die, how they communicate, the myriad crucial ways they filter water and air and otherwise support life on Earth. It became clear that as the planet changes, trees and forest are essential to assuring its survival.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.

 

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age--and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

 

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity."--James Baldwin


Socks Cover Image
By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780380709267
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Published: HarperCollins - April 14th, 2015

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character--Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby.

Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they saved him from a life spent in a mailbox drop slot, Socks has been the center of their world. And he always has everything he needs--tasty kitty treats and all the lap room he could want!

But when a new baby arrives, suddenly the Brickers have less and less time for Socks. Little Charles William is the one getting all the attention. Socks feels left out--and to show it, he starts getting into all sorts of trouble! What will it take to make Socks realize just how much the Brickers care about him?

For generations, Beverly Cleary has entertained readers of all ages with the hilarious scrapes and hijinks of characters such as Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse. Socks is no exception--as School Library Journal raves, it will make "both children and adults with roar with laughter."


To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780446310789
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 11th, 1988

Featuring a new introduction by the author, this specially packaged, popularly priced hardcover edition of an American classic (with more than 30 million copies sold) celebrates the 35th anniversary of its original publication.