Throwing Poetry at People: Rumpus Book Club Roundup

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Tayari Jones, author of the Rumpus Book Club’s May pick Silver Sparrow gets love from The Village Voice: “Jones… is fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester.” Read an excerpt of the book on Scribd. HTML Giant writes: “powerful and unforgettable and full of soul. This is another one of those books I want to just drive down the street throwing at people because it feels so necessary.”

Sean Singer explains why he chose Tracy K. Smith‘s Life on Mars as a Poetry Club Pick.

Bookslut reviews Jim Shepard‘s You Think That’s Bad.

The Globe and Mail does too, gushing that it’s “a collection of exquisitely crafted, piercingly intelligent, heart-stoppingly beautiful short stories.”

Scared off by the heft of Adam Levin‘s The Instructions? Bookslut’s Adam Morgan, in his intro to an interview with Levin, convinces you to give it a shot: “To be sure, it’s a long book, but only physically. Reading it is an immediate, visceral experience that subconsciously forces you to become a different kind of reader. You will forget the notion of page numbers, and then, all of sudden, realize that you’ve blazed through several hundred in one sitting.”

Lydia Yuknavitch‘s The Chronology of Water shows up on the Publisher’s Weekly blog. Her Rumpus essay on “The Urgent Matter of Books” also earned a shout-out from The New Yorker’s Book Bench.

Book Club authors Jim Shepard and Lydia Yuknavitch will appear at this Monday’s Rumpus Event, “No Mistakes Left To Make,” along with Cheryl Strayed, Paul Madonna, and Dylan Landis. Don’t you dare miss out!


Maddie Oatman has interviewed musicians and writers for The Rumpus. She's the research editor at Mother Jones, where she also writes. A Boulder transplant, she can often be found on her bike, skis, or cooking with vegetables, and she wrote her English thesis on a gay red-winged monster and Billy the Kid. Follow her on Twitter or read occasional musings on her blog Oats. More from this author →