I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl

Poet Kelle Groom unflinchingly tells the story of her illegitimate child, tendered for adoption and dead before age two. As a teenaged mother in thrall to alcohol, Groom almost spiraled out of control were it not for unexpected reserves of strength, bolstered by a passion for poetry. Infant Tommy, reborn through his mother's empathy, is the pearl sprung from the bitterness of Groom's early life, elegized in a memoir reminescent of Mary Karr's Lit.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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