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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

What does it take to unseat Natasha Trethewey from the top position on the contemporary best-seller list? Answer: A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver’s latest, which has skyrocketed to #1 this week. Receiving collateral advantage from A Thousand Mornings, Oliver’s Swan jumps from #19 to #3. Rounding out the top five is Sharon Olds’s Stag’s Leap at #4 and News of the World, by Philip Levine at #5. New to the list this week is Heid E. Erdrich’s Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems debuting at #21. About this new collection her publisher writes: “Erdrich’s new work reflects her continuing concerns with the tensions between science and tradition, between spirit and body. She finds surprising common ground while exploring indigenous experience in multifaceted ways: personal, familial, biological, and cultural.” Entering the list tied at #29 are Jay Baron Nicorvo’s debut collection Deadbeat and Rose McAleese’s Strong. Female. Character. Finally, Linda Gregerson’s The Selvage enters the list at #30. “In eloquent poems about Ariadne, Theseus, and Dido, the death of a father, a bombing raid in Lebanon, and in a magnificent series detailing Masaccio’s Brancacci frescoes, The Selvage deftly traces the ‘line between’ the ‘wonder and woe’ of human experience.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.