Books Worth Giving 

The holiday season is a good time to introduce your friends to your favorite authors. It's not easy to list just a few books, but here are some I've liked.

— Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. Norway in the 14th Century, Kristin defies her family and marries unwisely. Shows the power of the Catholic church. Shows the positive and negative consequences of being strong willed.

The Good German by Joseph Kanon. First-hand experience of Berlin in 1945, the ruined city and its division into Russian and American sectors. Two plot lines with a murder and a missing Nazi scientist.

—The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. A communist spy for the North Vietnamese works as chauffeur to South Viet army officer. Insightful commentary on humans, often funny. Vivid recognition of cultural dichotomy.

—Constellations of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. During 20th century wars in Chechnya, Sonja, a doctor, searches for her missing sister.

—Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk. The author hints throughout the story that something is not right. I should have figured out that the narrator was unreliable.

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for poems by ME

Muddy River Poetry Review, three Bonnie poems: Uneasy Most of the Time; Yellow Pears;  Clouds By Degree

Triggerfish Critical Review, Common Story Among Strangers

The American Journal of Poetry, In the Shade of Cherry Trees

Moon Magazine, The Payoff

Slant, a Journal of Poetry, page 103, Mother Tongue

Triggerfish Critical Review, On the Verge of Holy

Cotton Alley Review, Old Frog

Copyright Bonnie Stanard

A plantation owner and the slaves who tolerated or hated him...the unadorned Antebellum South.

Time Carries All Things Away


$12 from Main Street Rag Publishing

Poems about being me, well, sometimes it's not me. The past that's always present. We live in the moment but that moment owes much to our parents, grandparents and ancestors. Poems here remind us of our debt to the past.

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