Nonfiction Table of Contents

Certain parties have expressed an interest in what will be inside the covers of How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor. Herewith, I include the Table of Contents as currently construed. It may vary slightly from the final version, but not enough to matter.

Nonfiction Table of Contents 4-19-20

Schoolyard During Quarantine

The rubber swings glide almost in unison
A volleyball on wood chips losing one panel
Waits patiently for a recess that will not come
Again this year.

A white cotton glove weathering brown
Longs for partner and owner, desiring only home;
Minus flags, the unused snaps meet the pole
In a tuneless clank.

Breezes scatter leaves across front sidewalks
Winter aconite giving way to hyacinths;
Days crawl in funereal succession
In a dry spring.

Will they return, children and teachers, aides and principals
After the plague, after the summer, after the stories
Of deaths and survivals? Will autumn carry with it
A budding hope?

What Booksellers Do

Support your local bookseller! It’s a dark time for small businesses, nowhere darker than for indie bookstores. Even so, they strive to provide positive experiences for their customers. I got a message from Bryan Uecker of The Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague, MI (just north of Muskegon on the shores of Lake Michigan). He was having a BYON (Bring Your Own Novel) book club at which the participants would apply some ideas from How to Read Novels Like a Professor to their chosen books. This would be a Zoom-y group in keeping with social distancing. If I would like to drop in as a special surprise for the members, that would be great.
Last night, I did just that, and while I can’t say how special it was for them, it was a lot of fun for me. We had a really good hour together. Bryan wasn’t making a penny from these gatherings, and this at a time when he has to be wondering if he can keep the Nook together. He is a great representative of his profession, one that we have to do what we can to help get beyond the current disaster. We’ll need them for the next one.
Book Nook mural