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Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, most commonly referred to as Rumi, was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi Mystic, among other things.  His poetry covers a wide range of topics, and are amazingly relatable and full of advice centuries later.  These two collections showcase this magnificent poet’s work.  One particular favorite is “Quietness” which can be found in The Essential Rumi.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Rumi is this week’s staff picked poet.

“From the premier interpreter of Rumi comes the first definitive one-volume collection of the enduringly popular spiritual poetry by the extraordinary thirteenth-century Sufi mystic.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


The Essential Rumi - reissue: New Expanded Edition

Coleman Barks

Published: May 28, 2004 by HarperOne
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The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

Coleman Barks

Published: Sep 17, 2002 by HarperOne
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The Soul of Rumi is renowned poet Coleman Barks’ first major assemblage of newly translated Rumi poems since his bestselling The Essential Rumi.

“Coleman Barks presents entirely new translations of Rumi’s poems, published for the first time in The Soul of Rumi. The poems range over the breadth of Rumi’s themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, peace, grief, sexuality, music, to name just a few. But the focus is on the ecstatic experience of human and divine love and their inseparability, conveyed with Rumi’s signature passion, daring, and insights into the human heart and the heart’s longings.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

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This is an easily readable novel in verse, and the staffer who read this absolutely loved this version of the Shakespeare authorship question and wishes it were true.

“On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now let Christopher Marlowe tell you the truth: that his ‘death’ was an elaborate ruse to avoid his being hanged for heresy; that he was spirited across the channel to live on in lonely exile, longing for his true love and pining for the damp streets of London; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colourless man from Stratford — one William Shakespeare.

With the grip of a thriller and the emotional force of a sonnet, this extraordinary novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate, mercurial and not altogether trustworthy. The son of a cobbler who rose so far in Elizabethan society that he counted nobles among his friends and patrons, a spy in the Queen’s service, a fickle lover and a declared religious sceptic, he was always courting trouble. When it caught up with him, he was lucky to have connections powerful enough to help him escape.

Memoir, love letter, settling of accounts and a cry for recognition as the creator of some of the most sublime works in the English language, this is Christopher Marlowe’s testament — and a tour de force by an award-winning poet: provocative, persuasive and enthralling.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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It’s National Reading Month!  Even though Winter Reading ends today, we want to encourage you to keep reading, especially since spring officially starts tomorrow (despite the snow)!  If you haven’t started our Read Harder Challenge, it’s a great time to start (find flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook and Pinterest albums (one for 2014 and one for 2015)

– We’re encouraging everyone (staff included) to participate in a reading challenge.  This year, we picked Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.  We made flyers for it that you can find at Circulation and Reference.  This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

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You may or may not have heard that author Terry Pratchett died this past Thursday at the age of 66.  A wonderfully imaginative author, he is best known for his Discworld novels.  We recommend one of his books as this week’s Staff Pick.  A couple staff favorites are Small Gods and Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman).   You can see what we have available in the catalog.

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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is this week’s staff pick of the week.   Below is the synopsis for the first book, and the series just gets better with every installment.   Our staffer says that the first book is pretty decent, the second is very good, and the third is great. Celaena is a strong, complicated heroine who develops a lot over the course of the series.  The secondary characters are also well done, and our staffer highly recommends the series for all lovers of fantasy/adventure/epic fiction.  Strongly recommended for fans of Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley…

The series in order so far:  Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire.  We also have the set of prequel stories, The Assassin’s Blade.

 

“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.” –Taken from Goodreads.com


Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Jul 31, 2012 by Bloomsbury Press
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Crown of Midnight

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Aug 27, 2013 by Bloomsbury Press
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Heir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Sep 02, 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne Of Glass Novellas

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Mar 04, 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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