Critic Alan Cheuse believes that summer â with its long, hot, drowsy days â may be the best season for reading poetry. His recommendations include works by Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky and W.S. Merwin, and a novel in verse by the late essayist David Rakoff.
Staff Pick: American Nations: A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard
“According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future.
From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of presidential elections.”
2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, the first in the tetralogy The Once and Future King.