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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

There was a little shifting around in the top five slots this week on the contemporary best-seller list. After four weeks at number one—with only a brief interruption by Michael Robbins’s Alien Vs. Predator in early June—Tracy K. Smith’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars dropped to the #5 spot. Life on Mars was replaced by Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins, which occupied the #2 spot for the last four weeks. There’s a newbie worth mentioning in the top 10 this week: A Night in Brooklyn: Poems by D. Nurkse. This is Nurkse’s tenth book, centered on the poet’s home borough. “…Nurkse brings alive the particular details that shape a life, in this case unique to the world of Brooklyn—a job at the Arnold Grill, ‘topping off drafts with a paddle’ for the truckers who came in; the deaf white alley cat that mysteriously survived the winter on a stoop in Bensonhurst; the narrow bed where young love took place; the wild gardens behind the tenements.” Three other new titles landed within the top 30, as well. To the delight of atheists everywhere, Perfidious Proverbs and Other Poems: A Satirical Look at the Bible by Philip Appleman landed at #29. Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, by Jesse Graves debuted at #25, and The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems, a debut by Anya Silver, squeaked in at #30. “Anya Krugovoy Silver’s debut collection considers the flawed and gaudy flesh as it turns toward a beloved’s embrace, toward the surgeon’s knife. Her poems both celebrate the sensual world and seek to transcend the body’s limitations through encounters with art, memory, and the divine.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, July 20th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.