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May 7th, 2019

Thoreau and the Art of Life: Reflections on Nature and the Mystery of ExistenceThoreau and the Art of Life: Reflections on Nature and the Mystery of Existence by Roderick MacIver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Roderick MacIver uses his watercolor paintings of birds and landscapes amidst a collection of Henry David Thoreau's quotes from his published works and journals. An art book that synthesizes and elucidates Thoreau's philosophy.



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Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the WayLao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way by Lao Tzu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Late science fiction master presents her take on Lao Tzu's classic work. She calls it a "rendition," as she does not translate Chinese, but uses other translations and interpretations to create one uniquely her own and well suited to modern readers. It's a classic because it speaks to timeless problems and paradoxes of human existence and an important book to read in the age of Trump.

[I received an advanced reader's copy of this reissue from Netgalley. The book is due to be published May 14, 2019.]



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Rival Gardens: New and Selected PoemsRival Gardens: New and Selected Poems by Connie Wanek

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A beautiful career spanning collection of poetry from a Midwestern poet much like Ted Kooser (who wrote the forward). Wanek's best poems often focus on tiny moments and the things we see everyday but do not focus on (e.g., a bulb of garlic, a game of Scrabble). Highly recommended.



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