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  Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition is the first publication of Whitman’s original Civil War poetry collection since the bard himself published Drum-Taps over 150 years ago. Many of the poems in Drum-Taps eventually found their way into Leaves of Grass.

Lawrence Kramer is an English professor and musicologist at Fordham University and is especially interested in the sonic elements of Whitman’s poetry. He has set several of Whitman’s poems to music and has a unique perspective on this great American poet’s work as a result.

Prof. Kramer will be reading from and speaking about Drum-Taps at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY on Wednesday, August 5th.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
The Fold by Peter Clines

  Vassar grad Sophie McManus' sharply written, funny and heart-breaking debut The Unfortunates, is a story of inheritance, influence, class and power.

She will read from a sign the book at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY tonight at 7p.m.

  She is called in book circles - the reigning queen of the summer beach book -- Elin Hilderbrand -- is coming to Oblong Books and Music on Thursday, June 25, to talk about her new novel, The Rumor.

The longtime Nantucket resident has set all of her books on that beautiful Massachusetts island, and her annual June publication date has made her a beach-bag perennial since 2000. Hilderbrand has found a whole world in her restricted setting, covering everything from the complexities of running a successful resort restaurant, to the ways that summer beach vacations change as families grow apart.

The 15th Hilderbrand novel, "The Rumor" follows the relationship between blocked writer Madeline King and her best friend Grace, who is spending a summer transforming her garden with the help of a handsome landscape architect.

    

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me by David Gates (event at Oblong Rhinebeck, Tuesday, 5/19, 7pm)
The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

  When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche
Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer (event at Rhinebeck store Saturday, 4/11, 7pm)
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
The Keepers: The Box & the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)

    

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman (event Sunday, 1/25, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson (event Saturday, 1/24, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (event Saturday, 2/21, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Descent by Tim Johnston
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton
101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illlustrated by Roz Chast
Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs. by Henry Carroll
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

  The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Christmas Alphabet, Robert Sabuda's classic pop-up title - that was his first New York Times Bestseller - has just been released. As part of the roll-out of the title he'll be appearing at a special events sponsored by Oblong Books and Music during the Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival on December 6th at 4pm.

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