National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was founded in April 1996 and is celebrated by reading poems and highlighting the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.

Here are a few new books of poetry by American poets to try:

41Y1o00Y+WL._SX345_BO1,204,203,200_Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui. Bitsui is a Diné (Navajo) poet from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona. His previous book of poetry, Flood Song, won an American Book Award. He currently teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.




Oculus by Sally Wen Mao. Mao was born in China and grew up in Boston and the Bay Area. She has written two books of poetry and her work has been published in numerous magazines. Mao is currently teaching in the Asian American Studies department at Hunter College.



9781566895149_FC_d772138b-8e7e-4105-a39b-a7dfa411e894_1024x1024Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed. Reed was born in South Carolina and his work often deals with what it means to be a queer black man in America. This is his first full-length book of poetry and it won the National Book Award in Poetry in 2018.




Nearing Ninety by Judith Viorst. Viorst grew up in New Jersey and is the author of a series of light verse books on aging. She is a noted children’s book author, but also writes fiction for adults. Viorst has won numerous awards, including the Foremother Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Research Center for Women & Families in 2011.


Beach Reads

Summer is (almost) here! That means it’s time to check out some beach reads! So, what’s a beach read? Usually it’s described as contemporary fiction that’s on the lighter side. But, it can also also be a tear-jerker or a thriller. Basically a beach read allows you to escape for a few hours, so if you have a book and read it on vacation then it counts as a beach read (at least to us)!

Take a look below at some of the hottest beach reads this year:

The Windfall by Diksha Basu – For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners and gossipy neighbors. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status.

The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen – This is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life. But when Shelley meets a young woman named Shelley Stone who has the exact same scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is some sort of corporate espionage afoot? Has she discovered a hole in the space-time continuum? Or is she finally buckling under all the pressure?

Halsey Street by Naima Coster – Penelope has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she’s found a semblance of family–and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu – A group of young girls are camping and find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. This one night changes everything and will shape their lives for decades to come.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll – When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan – The last person Alice expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – College student Greer, finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women’s movement. She challenges Greer to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned.

You can find even more beach reads on our wiki, JMRL Reads.

Same Page Additional Reads

If you’ve finished the Same Page book What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander, you may be ready to delve more deeply into books about Jewish faith, identity, and experience. To do so pick up one of these new books:

The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling In Love With Faith by Judy Gruen

Let’s Eat: Jewish Food and Faith by Lori Stein and Ronald H. Isaacs

My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin

The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Lévy

Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage In the Face of Evil by Yvette Manessis Corporon

Learn more about the Same Page community read event on our website. If you’d like more books you can always ask a librarian through out What Do I Read Next? service.