Bloomsbury Holiday Wish Lists – Featuring Mark Yakich

By | December 7, 2015

Is there any better gift to give or receive than books? We don’t think so! So we’ve asked some of our authors to share with us their Bloomsbury Holiday Wish Lists, to help inspire your gift-giving this season!

Today’s wish list is from Mark Yakich is the author of Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide He is also Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, USA, Editor of New Orleans Review, and a poet and novelist.

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The Breakfast Bible by Seb Emina and Malcolm Eggs

MY: For a year, at a corner cafe in San Francisco, I ate tomato soup and a large piece of French bread for breakfast. It was the only time in my life when breakfast really appealed, even if I was having something considered "lunch" food. Now, every morning I have the dilemma of breakfast. I'm not really hungry (maybe as I'm a late-night snacking kind of person) but I know I should each something…. This book holds promise for me. 

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast

MY: Both of my parents died in the last two years, and each of them suffered through end-of-life disabilities. I heard about Roz Chast's book when it first came out…but I wasn't ready to look at it. I think enough time has passed now that perhaps I can commiserate with her kind of tragicomedy. 

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them  by Wendy MacNaughton and Isaac Fitzgerald

MY: On a cheerier note, this book looks so utterly intriguing. It reminds me of the Post Secret website ( and books. The mix of image and word…but this time wrought out on the body.

Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen by Christopher Phillips and Louis P. Masur

MY: I discovered Springsteen rather late, in my mid-30s. And yes, I like the tunes, the scratchy voice, the range of dynamics in a single song…but it's his words that enthrall me. The interviews, I suspect, hold so many gem-like lines that haven't yet made it into his music.

Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts

MY: I have no idea who Conway is, but after reading the book's description I want to know who he is…and why I don't know about him yet.



Until December 12, Mark’s book Poetry: A Survivor’s Guide, his holiday recommendations, and much, much more are all available on sale, on our website!



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