Erin

As a writer and teacher, Erin is devoted to poetry. She also loves novels that shake her out of place and let her experience the world through their characters. Short stories, essays, memoirs, and great children’s books round out her favorite reading experiences!

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

This memoir by the former U.S. Poet Laureate is a heartbreaking account of her young mother's murder at the hands of Trethewey's stepfather. It's an urgent and honest exploration of loss and survivor's guilt, and how trauma is carried in our bodies as well as in our hearts. This story is difficult and trauma survivors should be aware of possible triggers. 

Highly recommended.


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Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978235
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 6th, 2018

Biss masterfully examines the advantages of white America, and its prejudicial impact on our educational, judicial, and socioeconomic systems. Written more than a decade ago, Notes from No Man's Land is a must-read alongside current texts informing white society's political wakening.


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News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

This novel is a poetic, lush rendering of a parent/child relationship between an older widower and the young girl he's hired to return to biological parents years after she's been taken captive by and assimilated into a Kiowa tribe. Set in the western territories in the 1800s, the quiet force of this book, its humor and pathos, had me spellbound.


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Hamnet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

I was surprised by and taken with this novel. Set in the 1500s, it's the love story between a young playwright and his unconventional bride. When their son dies suddenly, their marriage faces the hardest test of all. Based loosely on Shakespeare's life and work, the novel isn't so much about him, but about how his absence affects his marriage.


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Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

Set in the small farming community of Holt, Colorado, this novel weaves together the lives of a pregnant teen, a high school teacher, two boys abandoned by their mother, and two elderly bachelors. This is storytelling without pretense-- Haruf even forgoes quotation marks-- allowing the courage and compassion of his characters to shine. If you're looking for a novel about ordinary people and the grace they show one another in difficult circumstances, this is it. Be sure to follow it with Eventide and Benediction, the other two novels in the trinity. 


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Obit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595745
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020

Chang brilliantly uses the obituary as a formal structure for her exploration of grief. The loss of her mother arrives again and again in ordinary, everyday guises. Heartbreaking and at times darkly funny, this collection will appeal not only to poets but to anyone who's lost a loved one.


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The Best American Poetry 2020 (The Best American Poetry series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982106607
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2020

If you want to see what American poets are "getting up to," as this year's guest editor Paisley Rekdal puts it, you'll find a good sampling here. Every year I look forward to the newest anthology in this series; Rekdal, the first Asian American poet to curate, has included a great, diverse array of voices here.


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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

A wonderful education in cooking! Nosrat makes it fun to try new recipes in this instructional and approachable how-to. Gorgeously illustrated-- and the recipe for buttermilk roast chicken is the best I've ever made.


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Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

This novel, about a young scientist working to discover a solution to conquer addiction, grapples with loss, depression, rage, and faith. Raised evangelical, her relationship to God is tested after she loses the person she loves most. What can be solved by science, and what is unanswerable? "Transcendence, holiness, redemption"--I was moved by this story from one of our new, most gifted storytellers.


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Post Romantic: Poems (Pacific Northwest Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780295747798
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Published: University of Washington Press - October 15th, 2020

A new collection by former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken! These poems navigate loss, fear, and growing older, and also examine white America's romantic view of the past. I loved this so much I blurbed it! 


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The Gifted School: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525534976
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 30th, 2020

Parents behaving badly! This fun page-turner pokes at privilege and anxiety in the realm of K-12 education. It's a snarky delight to watch the wind-up and dizzying fall.


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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062966742
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Published: William Morrow - April 14th, 2020

At the end of the Civil War, Simon, a 23 year-old soldier conscripted into the Confederate army, escapes from his regiment and, with his ragged musician friends, struggles to make a home and a living in the worst of circumstances. Simon dreams of a place of his own with the  woman he loves by his side. Fans of Jiles' News of the World will enjoy the characters and rich texture of this story.


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Night Angler (American Poets Continuum #172) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781942683780
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Published: BOA Editions - April 30th, 2019

Davis's second full-length collection is full of tenderness and music. These poems are about family and fatherhood; they consider the lives lived and lost by Black men and boys in America; and the grace of love against fear, anger, and hurt. Night Angler is a moving experience.