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Notable Books List
"Purpose: Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader" (see citation below*).
The Notable Books Council is made possible by ALA, the American Library Association. They compile a new list every year for readers. This guide is similarly separated by year (see tabs above) with indications for fiction and nonfiction selections held by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Notable Books of poetry are contained in their own tab.
* "Notable Books List." Reference and User Services Association: A Division of the American Library Association. 2016. Web. 24 Sept. 2016. www.ala.org/rusa/awards/notablebooks.
Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems
by In her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Rita Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America's, and the world's, experiments in democracy.
Call Number: 811.54 Dov
Publication Date: 2021-08-03
Winter Recipes from the Collective
by A new collection from Louise Glück, winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
Call Number: 811.54 Glu
Publication Date: 2021-10-26
The Renunciations: Poems
by These poems construct life rafts and sanctuaries even in their most devastating confrontations with what a person can bear, with how families harm themselves.
Call Number: 811.6 Kel
Publication Date: 2021-05-04
by Its primary concern is how we might mend the relationship between ourselves and the people, spaces, and objects we have been taught to think of as insignificant, as fundamentally unworthy of study, reflection, attention, or care.
Call Number: 811.6 Ben
Publication Date: 2020-09-01
Postcolonial Love Poem
by Unravels notions of American goodness and creates something more powerful than hope―in it, a future is built, future being a matrix of the choices we make now, and in these poems, Diaz chooses love.
Call Number: 811.6 Dia
Publication Date: 2020-03-03
by Details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal.
Call Number: 811.6 Bro
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Deaf Republic: Poems
by When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language.
Call Number: 811.6 Kam
Publication Date: 2019-03-05ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded
by These poems explore the haunted legacy of the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, a medical institution at the heart of the eugenics movement in the first half of the twentieth century in America. The author, who has cerebral palsy, grew up in the shadow of the former Colony in southwestern Virginia, aware that, had she been born fifty years earlier, she would quite possibly been admitted there, and exposed to a variety of inhumane treatments, including forced sterilization. Her poems give voice to the Colony's chorus of residents, reclaiming for them elements of their humanity.
Call Number: 811.6 Bro
Publication Date: 2017-03-07