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“My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry" edited by Noah Falck and Justin Karcher, BlazeVOX Books, 187 pages, $18 paper. R.D. Pohl, the longtime poetry editor of the Buffalo News, describes this as “the ‘go-to’ collection for a sampler of the next generation of Buffalo poets.” In other words, it’s an anthology of 54 poets ages 16 to 40, who were all either born in Buffalo or …

YOUNG ADULT Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills; Henry Holt, 312 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... A high school production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the backdrop for this beguiling coming-of-age novel exploring family, friendship and romance from the author of “First & Then” and “This Adventure Ends.” After Claudia accidentally overhears the breakup of Paige and …

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“An Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett, Mentor and Editor and Literary Genius” by Helen Smith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 440 pages, $35 The first member of the Garnett family to come to most readers’ attentions is almost always Constance Garnett, the famous Russian translator whose Dostoevsky is the first in the English language that many knew, for many decades …

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There were some marvelous keepers among the floodtide of books for young readers from publishers this year. HOLIDAY DELIGHTS Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup, illustrated by Brett Helquist; Candlewick Press ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. This delicious holiday confection, is set in 1892 St. Petersburg, Russia, where a mouse ballet company living under the floorboards …

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Lately, my wife has been bringing up the buzz-word "downsizing." I see where this is going. She's after the stacks of vinyl,  the decades of rock mags and musician journals, the - gasp! - cassette collection, the countless half-full sets of guitar strings, the CDs, ("Can't we just stream all of these?") and perhaps most of all, the books. Music journalism and music-rela…

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People who enjoy interior design and fashion usually enjoy having books on the subjects displayed around the house, within easy reach and view. More time spent indoors during the winter months means more time focused on the rooms and spaces in one’s home – including the clothes closets. Who doesn’t get in the mood to weed out, organize and rearrange the furniture come Janu…

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Books and Love go together. They always have since Gutenberg and always will which is one of the happier things about gift giving season. Whether you're giving your kids a book you've always loved or your grandmother a massive collection of one of her favorite writers, you're passing your love along with ease. I've chosen some wonderful books people should be aware of f…

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Every family has an aesthete hanging around somewhere -- maybe down in the basement painting a portrait, maybe up in the attic flipping through "Art in America." Fortunately for these TV-eschewing, non-sports-loving fringe figures we all know and love, 2017 has been a fine year for writing on culture. This is especially true at a time when culture is changing at an unpr…

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Too many cooks have found their kitchen time devoid of the contemplation and creativity that can make feeding others so spiritually nutritious. Too often cooking has become a series of negotiations between the clock and your sanity, leaving you wrung out of fun like an old dishrag. The cookbooks I want to bring to your attention this holiday season can rejuvenate your k…

CHILDREN’S The Road to Ever After by Moira Young, illustrated by Hannah George; Feiwel and Friends, 211 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This bewitching, mysterious and beautiful book will sweep you up from the first page. In the dismal, dead-end town of Brownvale, 13-year-old orphan Davy David feels a strange compulsion to draw elaborate angel pictures with twig brooms…

“The Last Interview and Other Conversations” by Christopher Hitchens with an introduction by Stephen Fry, Melville House, 178 pages, $15.99 paperback. The first and most important thing about this new paperback is that it’s part of a long series from Melville House of “Last Interview” books. In the past, they’ve collected late-period interviews from an immense variety o…

YOUNG  ADULT Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl; Farrar Straus Giroux, 279 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. From the author of 2013 adult novel "Lessons in French" comes a love story like no other, set in summer in France and told in the unforgettable voice of a 16-year-old boy on the autism spectrum.  Martin, son of a French father and American mother, has always attended a …

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Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. and younger brother Rudy used to listen to the rickety wooden roller coaster and the screams of riders from Fontaine Ferry Park. Louisville's amusement park was within walking distance of the boy's house, and they would stand at the fence looking in. But that's as close as they could get growing up in the separate-and-unequal South, where the …

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“Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960-2013” Library of America, 452 pages, $35. Here in 1973 is Philip Roth describing with conspicuous art a 1924 photograph of Franz Kafka, taken at what was Roth’s age at the time, when a sick Kafka was 40 and approaching death. “His face is sharp and skeletal, a burrower’s face: pronounced cheekbones made even more conspicuous by the …

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NONFICTION The Bug House: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound By Daniel Swift Farrar Straus Giroux 297 pages, $27 This short work of critical nonfiction by Daniel Swift has more to say about Ezra Pound’s influence on Modernism than A. David Moody’s three-volume biography where every aspect of the poet’s life is given equal billing. “The Bug Ho…