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Staff Pick: Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls edited by Karen Finneyfrock

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Hi girls and not girls,

You all should read this book if only to feast on phrases like, "I'd never met my fist, and then I did" (page 64) and "...when I was still small enough / to fit all of my self and worries inside a bathtub" (page 32). Most of us have fists and, if we're lucky, bathtubs, but we could all use some more courage (and bad-ass poems).

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Staff Pick: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

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In the cut-throat world of 1845 NYC, a disfigured cop finds a girl running through the street in a blood-soaked nightgown. What follows is the mad hunt for a serial killer through the city’s underbelly, involving gangs of urchins, a manipulative madame, and ruthless politicians. Faye’s riveting plot is matched only by the beautiful language she weaves from the colorful diction of 19th century NYC.

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1845: New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two events will change New York City forever.

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Staff Pick: Darkness Sticks to Everything by Tom Hennen

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I love reading Hennen’s poetry on the bus. Each poem is short but quickly delivers you into an isolated, eerie landscape. A few of my favorites: A Note to My State-Appointed Job Counselor (p40); Landscape of Night (p62); Love for Other Things (p78)

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