Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I received three poetry books for two tours....

TLC tour for THE ANTIGONE POEMS by Marie Slaight hosted by Lisa Munley

Poetic Book Tours hosted by Serena Agusto-Cox for The Robot Scientist's Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey and Reconnaissance by Anne Higgins


The Antigone Poems

The Antigone PoemsFeaturing poetry by Marie Slaight and charcoal drawings by Terrence Tasker, The Antigone Poems was created in the 1970’s, while the artists were living between Montreal and Toronto. An intensely personal invocation of the ancient Greek tale of defiance, the illustration and poetry capture the despair of the original tale in an unembellished modernized rendition.  
 The Antigone Poems provides a special expedition into the depths of the ancient Sophocles tragedy while questioning  power, punishment and one of mythology’s oldest themes: rebellion.



The Robot Scientist’s Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Dazzling in its descriptions of a natural world imperiled by the hidden dangers of our nuclear past, this book presents a girl in search of the secrets of survival. In The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Jeannine Hall Gailey creates for us a world of radioactive wasps, cesium in the sunflowers, and robotic daughters. She conjures the intricate menace of the nuclear family and nuclear history, juxtaposing surreal cyborgs and mad scientists from fifties horror flicks with languid scenes of rural childhood. Mining her experience growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the writer allows the stories of the creation of the first atomic bomb, the unintended consequences of scientific discovery, and building nests for birds in the crooks of maple trees to weave together a reality at once terrifying and beautiful. The Robot Scientist’s Daughter reveals the underside of the Manhattan Project from a personal angle, and charts a woman’s – and America’s – journey towards reinvention.

 Reconnaissance by Anne Higgins
Early praise for the book can be found in the The Hollins Critic magazine:

“Reconnaissance is Anne Higgins’s seventh poetry collection. In it, she reconnoiters her past, significant events in American history (the assassination of JFK, 9/11, a fire in which twenty-eight eight-year-olds died), her diminishing eyesight. (In “Another Blind Beggar” she informs us that there is “a grey footprint in the center of my vision, / a grey cat sits in the center of the field.” She writes about life as a nun and favorite pop songs. There are poems about birds, insects, and her mother. In short, this book maps an entire life, the life of a vibrant, intelligent, and sharply observant woman. “Morning yelps with cold,” she writes, and we feel and hear the charged air, become conscious of the exciting chill.” — Review by Kelly Cherry

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Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week.

I have read 103 novels till date, in 2015....

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I hope the poems inspire you.

readingdate said...

Wow, you've read 103 books already- congrats! Enjoy your new books :)

samstillreading said...

103 books?! Wow, congrats on a great achievement :)

Deborah said...

I'm with everyone else. 103 books in three months is amazing!

Serena said...

So glad that the poetry books arrived! Wow 103 books you are on a roll this year. I had about 38 i think so far

Elizabeth said...

Wow on 103 books.

I am only around 15.

CONGRATS!!

ENJOY your new reading week.

Elizabeth
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