Who wrote this book, and why?
Yes, yes, Jim Nicosia also wrote this book, but it's probably not for you. Unless you love poetry at its best.
Maybe when you're in high school, you'll read a poem by this really good poet named Mark Strand. And you'll find out he was one of the best poets of our time. And then you'll want to read more about his poetry, because you'll want to understand it better. And then you'll find out there's only one book that discusses all of his best poems. And then you'll realize that book was written by one "James F. Nicosia." And then you'll say, "That name sounds familiar." And then one day, after you've bought that book, you'll be eating an ostrich burger and some peanut soup and suddenly it will come to you: "Hey, I wonder if James F. Nicosia is the same as Jim Nicosia." And you won't really know for sure, because you'll have forgotten all about this page, but something about the book will tell you it is.
But you'll like that book anyway.
Too often today, people are induced into believing that there are hard-and-fast rules to leveling reading, when the truth is, there are as many "reading levels" as there are readers.
With that in mind, don't limit yourself (or your children or students) to a certain area of the library or bookstore.
The book at the left is one of the projects Jim and Laura Nicosia recently completed, but in no way is John Steinbeck just for "adults." In fact, Steinbeck was one of Jim Nicosia's first favorite writers (in high school).
Jim Nicosia has also published essays on
one of his very favorite writers.