The second half of our Spring 2014 list, including books from NYRB Poets, The New York Review Children’s Collection, and The Little Bookroom.
The Professor and the Siren by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, in addition to his internationally celebrated novel, The Leopard, also composed three shorter pieces of fiction that confirm and expand our picture of his brilliant late-blooming talent. “Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.”—E. M. Forster
You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Selected Stories of Elizabeth Taylor
In A Game of Hide and Seek and Angel, Elizabeth Taylor calmly noted the motivations, rash decisions, illusions, desires and unwilling actions of her characters. She continues her work mapping out the minds of her characters here in a format well-suited for literary psychological excavation, the short story.
The Captain’s Daughter by Alexander Pushkin
A classic historical and military novel from the progenitor of the Russian novel, Alexander Pushkin, and translated by one of the best Russian translators today, Robert Chandler. The Captain’s Daughter is set during the Pugachev Rebellion, when the Cossacks came close to toppling Catherine the Great, and like Tolstoy’s War and Peace, it is through explorations of individuals, communities, and love that the author contrasts a human being’s internal world with the movements of history.
Nothing More to Lose by Najwan Darwish
Hailed across the Arab world and beyond as a singular expression of the Palestinian struggle, Darwish’s poetry walks the razor’s edge between despair and resistance, between dark humor and harsh reality. “While his poetry is at times political, it embodies a universal message, reminiscent of the great mystical poets like Rumi.”—Poetry International
Love Sonnets and Elegies by Louis Labé
Now hailed as the French Renaissance answer to Sappho, Labé was little known until Rilke’s celebrated translations of her poems in 1918. “Light-years ahead of her time, Louise Labé jumped the gender divide, charted her own amorous destiny, wrote dazzling poetry, and became ‘one of the most celebrated women of her time.’”—Betsy Proileau
NEW YORK REVIEW CHILDREN’S COLLECTION
The Glassblower’s Children by Maria Gripe
Maria Gripe’s books are treasures of international children’s literature. In The Glassblower’s Children she draws on old traditions of fairy tale and Norse myth to tell an exciting story with a very modern sensibility. “Maria Gripe combines simplicity with poetic intensity, and she has the ability to capture the poignancy of emotional experience familiar from memories of childhood.”—TLS
Alfred Ollivant’s Bob, Son of Battle adapted by Lydia Davis
International Booker-Prize winner Lydia Davis reinterprets this classic adventure of Scottish sheepdogs and sheep, fathers and sons, for the 21st century. “Probably the greatest dog story ever written, and one you will love as long as you live.”—Life
Loretta Mason Potts by Mary Chase
Imagine how shocked you would be, if like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all the time you had a secret older sister. But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast.
THE LITTLE BOOKROOM
The Little Bookroom Guide to New York City with Children by Angela Hederman and Michael Berman
There are a lot of things to do and see in New York City, for both young and old. In fact, often the difficulty is there is too much to do, and that’s where The Little Bookroom Guide to New York City with Children comes in handy. A straight forward, practical guide to seeing New York with a family, this book tells how to do the shopping, eating, sightseeing and cultural events in the city that kids will love and remember.
Verdure: Vegetable Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome by Christopher Boswell
From the Rome Sustainable Food Project and The American Academy in Rome, Verdure brings irresistable and simple vegetable dishes from all seasons and all regions of Italy. Mangiare bene!