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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall debuts on this week’s contemporary best-seller list, shooting straight to #1. Having won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her previous volume Native Ground, and having been appointed Poet Laureate this year, Trethewey is on top of her game. “The daughter of a black mother and white father, a student of history and of the Deep South, she is inspired by everything from colonial paintings of mulattos and mestizos to the stories of people forgotten by history. Meditations on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance permeate Thrall, as she reflects on a series of small estrangements from her poet father and comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.” Rounding out the top five, Jonathon Williams’s Road to Happiness makes its debut. Philip Appleman continues to premier titles to the list, and this week it’s with Darwin’s Ark. Originally published in 2009 “in celebration of Darwin’s bicentennial and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species… All of the poems reflect Appleman’s perception of the ‘overwhelming sanity’ of Darwin’s thought—together with a visceral sensation of wholeness—of the connectedness of humans and nature, of the present with the past, of joy and sorrow, life and death.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.