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Lauren Bacall Shares A Limousine

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LAUREN BACALL SHARES A LIMOUSINE celebrates women--famous, infamous, the fictional and the footnote, from Frida Kahlo to a Civil War soldier to the mother of Louis Braille to Mata Hari to Dorothy of Oz to Janis Joplin, and many more--in this irresistible and overflowing fountain of witty, sparkling and sensitive poems in voices. Poet Susan J. Erickson seemingly absorbed all the fascinating biographies and telling details of these women's lives, then spilled out poems that brim with memorable metaphor and insight. I'm reminded how profoundly and efficiently a poem can express human experience, and that women's experiences, never doubt it, are boundless.

--Kathleen Flenniken, author of PLUME

In LAUREN BACALL SHARES A LIMOUSINE, Susan J. Erickson reinvigorates the tradition of the dramatic monologue. "I sit still," reflects Lucy, the wife of John James Audubon, during a silhouette cutting. "The scissors know only / the shape of what is, / not what will be." Explaining her love for F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda recalls, "Because he moved with the grace of a fencer / dueling with his shadow." But the women of these pages are more than wives; they are pilots and prisoners of war, makers and musicians, actors and artists. One of several standout ekphrastic sequences invokes Georgia O'Keeffe's sense of the Southwest landscape: "a place that picks clean / the gristle and fat of regret." Equally inventive is the collection's play with occupying outside texts--Zelda's "recipe" for bacon and eggs, Marilyn Monroe's self-portrait as the menu items at Schrafft's--and received forms such as the abcedarian and the pantoum. Erickson has a gift for arresting openings, as when "Emily Dickinson Introduces Her Blog" "Propelled by chance's cosmic pull / This Thing called Internet / Allows me from my garret space / To publish this gazette." Clever, haunting, voluptuous, and nervy in turn, these poems challenge our understanding of womanhood across two continents and three centuries.

--Sandra Beasley, author of I WAS THE JUKEBOX and COUNT THE WAVES

In Susan J. Erickson's highly-crafted collection of poems, LAUREN BACALL SHARES A LIMOUSINE, we return to the women who came before us. From the well-known Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe to the lesser-known Monique Braille and Lucy Audubon, these poems offer surprise, delight, and poignancy. Erickson's sharp sense of play and imagination is her signature on these poems--the Venus de Milo dresses for a Halloween party, the Little Mermaid joins the Aquatic Arts Academy. The reader is rewarded with every turn of the page as the lives (both real and imagined) are spoken, explored, and expanded. Here, women stretch in the spaces "of the calm and chaos of sunrise and sunset, / the shimmer of amber, / the roar from the lion's mouth." Smart and accessible, these poems satisfy our desire for stories, and Erickson doesn't disappoint. Recommended for every bookshelf.

--Kelli Russell Agodon, Author of HOURGLASS MUSEUM & THE DAILY POET


Suni Summers Shares A Story

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Suni is a giver - plain and simple. After all, her parents always told her, "When you get, give." So she wants to share a story - 1,000 storybooks with the people in her community. Only she has a huge problem - the weather! Why can't the weather just cooperate and not ruin things? Suni has a brilliant plan and just two days to get the books that she needs. She recruits her family and best friends to help her share her love for books. Suni discovers that sharing isn't always as simple as it seems. Will Suni and her BFFs collect 1,000 books in time for 'give-away' day? Ages 6-10 *Includes a blueberry lemonade recipe!


A Balloon For A Blunderbuss

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A whimsical journey through words and pictures that encourages children to imagine how a butterfly could become an overgrown jungle.

This book takes the reader on an imaginative, inspiring journey around the world. It all begins with a drawing of a pair of hands, gently cupped around an unseen object: 'I have a butterfly in my hands. What will you give me for my butterfly? 'I will give you a wishbone.' What would I do with a wishbone? 'Well, you could trade it for a kite with a tail...or a Chinese Lantern. Or, if you like, for a flag. Then you could trade your flag for a straw hat, and for a straw hat, you could get a green umbrella or a sea horse. 'I could trade my sea horse for a row of tin soldiers or ninety-seven stamps or six hundred and fifty toothpicks or a shirt with my name on it. But I think I'd wait and trade it for a ship in a bottle. Now, a ship in a bottle is worth a gumball machine. And I might trade a gumball machine for a brass horn, and the brass horn for a blunderbuss, and the blunderbuss for a balloon I could fly in.'

From the unseen butterfly in the hand to the blunderbuss, the balloon and beyond, Bob Gill lovingly illustrates an ever-expanding list of items, which grows to encompass, among other things, two rocking horses, a small zoo with a lion, a little town and eventually a whole forest with thousands of trees, which you could possibly trade for two stars, if you wanted to. But it would be even better to trade it for an island, and the ocean all round, until in the end, after many, many more trades, you would have everything.

About the Authors

Bob Gill (b.1931) is a world-renowned illustrator and designer. In 1960 he joined Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes to create a design agency that was the precursor of Pentagram. In 1967 he resumed his freelance career as an illustrator, designer, teacher, film-maker, and author of children’s books. He has also written a number of essential texts on graphic design.

Alastair Reid (b.1926) is a poet and a scholar from Galloway in Scotland. He has lived in Europe, the United States, and Central and South America, working variously as a poet, translator and South American editor of the New Yorker.


Suni Summers Shares A Story

RRP $13.99

Click on the Google Preview image above to read some pages of this book!

Suni is a giver - plain and simple. After all, her parents always told her, "When you get, give." So she wants to share a story - 1,000 storybooks with the people in her community. Only she has a huge problem - the weather! Why can't the weather just cooperate and not ruin things? Suni has a brilliant plan and just two days to get the books that she needs. She recruits her family and best friends to help her share her love for books. Suni discovers that sharing isn't always as simple as it seems. Will Suni and her BFFs collect 1,000 books in time for 'give-away' day? Ages 6-10 *Includes a blueberry lemonade recipe!



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