Books by Donald Hall

Donald Hall has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for The One Day (1989), the Lenore Marshall Award for The Happy Man (1987), the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America for Old and


CHRISTMAS AT EAGLE POND by Donald Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"The sweet remembrances of a time gone by when life was a bit slower and Christmas was not so stressful."
A brief, charming tale of one boy's Christmas. Read full book review >
UNPACKING THE BOXES by Donald Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2008

"Splendid, poignant prose."
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Hall (White Apples and Taste of Stone, 2006, etc.) applies his magical way with language to a history of self. Read full book review >
THE BEST DAY THE WORST DAY by Donald Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2005

"A moving tribute, unsparingly honest. The harrowing close is almost unreadable."
Intimate, excruciating memoir of the life and death of his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, by prolific author Hall. Read full book review >
WILLOW TEMPLE by Donald Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2003

"Understated lyricism very much in what William Carlos Williams (whom Hall often resembles) called the "American grain." Moving and memorable."
The tug of kinship and the human frailties that undermine traditional family solidarity and values figure prominently in this interesting collection by the poet and memoirist (Life Work, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF AMERICAN CHILDREN'S POEMS by Donald Hall
Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"A safe collection, seldom veering from the canon. (index) (Poetry. 9-11)"
Hall (The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, 1985, etc.), offers up a chestnut-flavored alternative for younger readers, matching roughly contemporary illustrations to one or two selections from each of 57 American poets. Read full book review >
THE MILKMAN'S BOY by Donald Hall
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

 Based on Hall's own family's dairy business at the turn of the century, this nostalgic New England narrative joins his The Ox-Cart Man (1979) in harkening back to a slower time and celebrating farm and family. Read full book review >
OLD HOME DAY by Donald Hall
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"In the end, however, this book and all its many charms are better suited to older readers. (Picture book. 9+)"
 Hall (When Willard Met Babe Ruth, p. 374, etc.) traces the history of Blackwater Pond, a small New England settlement, from its geological formation to a vision of its bicentennial celebration in August 1999. Read full book review >
WHEN WILLARD MET BABE RUTH by Donald Hall
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A heartfelt piece of Americana from two old pros. (Fiction. 7+)"
 The national pastime gets a bit of much-needed luster from the poet's touch. Read full book review >
PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS OF PORTUGAL by Donald Hall
Released: April 30, 1995

"So he does—and who does it better?"
 Gathering fugitive essays, published for the most part over the past ten years, Hall (Life Work, 1993, etc.) constructs a model miscellany. Read full book review >
LUCY'S SUMMER by Donald Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"The book is a best bet—conjuring another time and place with eloquence, humor, and grace. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 If a good picture book is like a good poem, where every word counts, then there isn't a word misplaced in this lyrical book about summer on a New Hampshire farm in 1910. Read full book review >
LUCY'S CHRISTMAS by Donald Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A winner. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
 It's 1909 in a New Hampshire farming town. Read full book review >
I AM THE DOG, I AM THE CAT by Donald Hall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Don't forget to enlist a second voice for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4+)"
 In the manner of the insects in Paul Fleischman's Joyful Noise (1988, Newbery Medal), a dog and cat express their views on themselves, their world, and each other. Read full book review >
THE FARM SUMMER 1942 by Donald Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"Nostalgia at its best. (Picture book. 5-10)"
 The noted poet and author of Ox-Cart Man describes a nine- year-old's summer on his grandparents' New Hampshire farm while his dad's in the South Pacific and his mother works ``on a secret project...for the war effort.'' Peter flies across the country but ends his journey in a buggy; Hall rounds out an evocatively detailed description of traditional farm life with Peter's reunion with Dad back home in San Francisco. Read full book review >
LIFE WORK by Donald Hall
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"History, life, work, art, dedication, love, and courage—all without becoming saccharine or smug or maudlin, in a treasurable small book, poetic in its plainness, about how to live well. (First printing of 25,000)"
 From well-known poet and memoirist Hall (Their Ancient Glittering Eyes, 1992, etc.), a meditation-memoir on the theme of work that becomes something much more when, midway through the writing, the author learns he has cancer. Read full book review >
THEIR ANCIENT GLITTERING EYES by Donald Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"The additions here, then, hardly transfigure (or even much enlarge) the earlier edition—but many of the stories, especially the Pound and Eliot ones, remain honeys."
 Hall (Here at Eagle Pond, 1990, etc.) has updated his 1977 book of literary gossip—memories, anecdotes, psychoanalytic clues- -beyond the original quartet of subjects: Dylan Thomas, Frost, Eliot, and Pound. Read full book review >