New books in! For adults, Jeffrey Lent’s new novel and a biography of the poet Robert Lowell. For kiddos, Pink Cupcake Magic, graphic novels, and picture books.

From Colum McCann’s new book, why we read and why we write…

Our writing is a living portrait of ourselves….. Write for the sheer pleasure we take in doing it, but also for the knowledge that it might just shift this world of ours a little. It is, after all, a beautiful and strange and furious place. Literature reminds us that life is not already written down. There are still infinite possibilities. Make from your confrontation with despair a tiny little margin of beauty. The more you choose to see, the more you will see. In the end, the only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart. Rage on.

Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer

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