California Poetry: From the Gold rush to the Present, edited by Dana Gioia, Chryss Yost, and Jack Hicks (2004). This is a nice collection of poets since the 1800s. It’s interesting the themes written about and how poetry has changed within a few years of each other.
The Power of Forgetting: Six essential Skills to Clear Out Brain Clutter and Become the Sharpest, Smartest You by Mike Byster. This book deals with the power of learning every day and gaining the confidence to do so by exercising your brain to focus and concentrate on what’s important with various games, activities, and patterns. His website is www.mikebyster.com
What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, edited by Michael Wiegers. Stanford creates some vivid and strange images in his poetry it takes a while to digest the genius of his writing style, but if you like a challenge, this is the book to get your head spinning in all directions. There’s some really great poems, too.
The Postcard by Tony Abbott is a middle grade novel where the main character, Jason, discovers the truth about his grandmother after her funeral and the secrets that had harmed his father. You get the two stories of the grandmother and the boy in one book.