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Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir Hardcover – Aug 15 2017

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Aug. 15 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451693206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451693201
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An emotional, sometimes-wrenching account of how lines of poetry can be lifelines.” (Kirkus)

“A delightfully hybrid book: part anthology, part critical study, part autobiography. . . . candid and canny. . . . Bialosky’s erudite and instructive approach to poetry [is] itself a refreshing tonic.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A lovely hybrid that blends [Bialosky’s] coming-of-age story with engaging literary analysis. . . . Adults and mature teens will find much to love in this book, which demonstrates how poems can become an integral part of life.  It also suggests, on every page, the wisdom and deep compassion that make [Bialosky’s book] a tremendous asset both to readers and other writers.”

  (The Washington Post)

"An intimate rendering of a poet's passion for words." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

“Unusual and affecting…using 51 poems, ranging broadly from nursery rhymes to a Shakespeare sonnet, [Bialosky] sets out to demonstrate how reading and remembering poetry can provide a kind of salvation. . . . Like the weather and politics, the human condition isn’t altered by poetry, but this lovely memoir poignantly and credibly shows how it can inspire our acceptance of life.”   (Hilma Wolitzer East Hampton Star)

“An intimate discussion not only on how to read poetry, but also on how to love poetry. . . .Bialosky convinces us that poetry is alive and ready to breathe with us—through love, loss, joy, pain and the immensity of experience life brings us.”  (Christian Science Monitor)

“This is the only textbook you will ever need on poetry.  It tells you not only how to read poetry, but why to read it, lovingly illustrated by portraits from Bialosky’s life so intimate that every passage feels like a private gift, tenderly crafted for the reader’s memory, to be cherished for years to come.” (Hope Jahren, bestselling author of Lab Girl)

Poetry Will Save Your Life is one of the most moving memoirs I’ve ever read, but it’s so much more. Bialosky does something miraculous: as she shares stories from her life, she shows how specific poems can help all of us make sense of our own lives and the world. Here are classic and contemporary poems that help us see and hear one another more clearly; that speak to us in times of loss and grief; that guide us through our every days. If you’ve always loved poetry, this book will captivate you. And if you want to love poetry, then this book will open worlds. Poetry Will Save Your Life is itself a life-saving book.” (Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living)

"Time and again she proves her thesis of survival through the arts. But it is not a work of an essayist but one of a person who believes in the power of art to connect us in our shared humanity." (New York Journal of Books)

Poetry Will Save Your Life is a remarkable and compulsively readable book, one that combines the poignant moments of lived life and the reflected life of words in a wholly original way.  Jill Bialosky writes with as much pristine skill about her personal story as she writes about the poems that nurtured and inspired her.  The intersection of art and life has rarely been so vividly rendered.” (Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy)

About the Author

Jill Bialosky is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, and The Atlantic, among others. She is the author of three novels, most recently, The Prize, and a New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Jill was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to the field of poetry in 2015. She is an editor at W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.

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