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Mary, Mary, where ya goin’? Mary, Mary, why ya buggin’?
Of Lamb, Matthea Harvey’s re-telling of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” with illustrations by Amy Jean Porter, debuts on the contemporary best seller list this week at #3. Joyce Carol Oates said the book is “a work of such subtle, haunting, spellbinding beauty it is virtually impossible to describe it.” So we won’t even try, except to say that it was published by McSweeney’s and is more of an adult’s children’s book than a children’s children’s book. Though that’s not to say it’s all Alan Moore. Anyways. Also debuting this week is Dhaka Dust, the debut collection of poems by Dilruba Ahmed (number 24). Billy Collins, Kay Ryan, and Mary Oliver take this week’s gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.