The tree is raining:
Molten snow remnants plop down
On my hatless head
— Kathy Walsh, Champaign
Imagine that you are an overprotective, middle-aged mother of an 18-year-old girl. You are divorced, and your daughter spends a couple of weeks a year with her mild-mannered father in St. Paul, Minn., while you carry on about your life in San Francisco.
"The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured The World's Most Notorious Nazi" by Neal Bascomb (Arthur A. Levine 2013) starts in May 1960 on a dark street corner in Buenos Aires.
A man steps off a bus. "He has no idea what is waiting for him." This nonfiction account of the Israeli capture of German Nazi Officer Adolph Eichmann reads like a thriller.
Sara Horn writes about Christian themes, and she likes to do experiments in her marriage to work on applying biblical principles and improving her life. The title of her book, "My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife," really caught my attention because surely there's not a women's author out there who would promote being a submissive wife today, right?
Love poems written in the sonnet form, all hearts and flowers, are a dime a dozen, so it's a delight to see a poet coming at the sonnet from the flip side.
Here's Chelsea Rathburn, who lives in Georgia.
After Filing for Divorce
Your paperwork in, it's like the morning after
a party, the shaken survey of damage,
a waste of bottles where there was laughter.
Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.
Another cup of disappointment
In the forecast
— Marilyn Gehant, Chicago
Claire Cook has written a sequel to her bestselling novel "Must Love Dogs," which was made into a movie starring John Cusack and Diane Lane.
"Must Love Dogs" put Cook on her way to a successful writing career at the age of 50. Since she fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author at 45, her books generally have the theme of reinvention.
Li-Young Lee is an important American poet of Chinese parentage who lives in Chicago. Much of his poetry is marked by unabashed tenderness, and this poem is a good example of that.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
She begins, and my grandmother joins her.
Mother and daughter sing like young girls.
If my father were alive, he would play
"Josephine" (2014, Chronicle Books, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson, ages 6-14) proudly heralds in Josephine Baker with these words:
"Knees SQUEEZE, now FLY, heels flap and chop, arms scissor and splay, eyes swivel and pop. Josephine, all RAZZMATAZZ, erupted into the Roaring Twenties — a VOLCANO."