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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

Natasha Trethewey once again leads the pack with Thrall on this week’s contemporary best-seller list. Back from the dead is Billy Collins with his book of horoscopes… for the dead, creeping up to #2. Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars still shows signs of life, holding steady at #3, while Mary Oliver’s Swan and Seamus Heaney’s Human Chains round out the top five, respectively. We have many new and notable titles this week. For starters, Michael Dickman’s Mayakovsky’s Revolver debuts at #7. From Publishers Weekly: “The central sequence of Dickman’s raw, frightening, well-told second collection commemorates his deceased brother, remembering their shared delinquent years, their attraction to drink and prescription drugs, and the severe mental illness that disfigured his brother’s adulthood. Around that 13-section elegy Dickman arranges other recollections of youth, lust, and strife…” Entering the list at #12 is Ursula K. Le Guin’s Finding My Elegy. “In this collection of new and selected poems, National Book Award winner Le Guin (Lavinia), best known for her sf and fantasy novels, writes about life’s sharp edges as if she were conversing calmly with a friend. Places and people exchange stories of identity and fear in poems that meld the abstract and the concrete, as Le Guin writes passionately about a range of themes from environmental and existential to sociopolitical and autobiographical.” Rounding out the list at #30 is Carolyn Guinzio’s Spoke & Dark, which makes its appearance for the first time this week.

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.