Happy Spring! We hope you enjoy the selections we've made from our inbox over the winter months. We call it an "inbox" and not a "slush pile" because, well, we have no slush. You should know by now—seventeen years running—that we review without solicitation, favoritism, and bias. How novel!

To honor the coming of the warmer weather, the flowers, and yes, even the pollen and the rain, we brought in some whimsy. More specifically, you'll find images from coloring books accompanying the poetry and prose. It seems to be the fashion these days. Have a look at a portion of a wall of bookshelves at the Barnes & Noble near Union Square. What do we have here? Coloring books. More than we would have ever imagined. And if the one you want is too high to reach, take heart. There's a ladder.

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