Ralph Ellison
Summer reading: Fiction, poetry

Busy Monsters William Giraldi W.W. Norton: $24.95 When a mediocre writer's bride-to-be leaves him to search for a legendary giant squid, he treks across the continent seeking counsel from nefarious creatures on how to win back her affections. (August) Bye-and-Bye Selected Late Poems Charles Wright Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $30 A selection of the prize-winning poet's spare, lyrical observations on life's essential questions, like the conflict between memory and the past: "It may not be written in any book, but it is written — /You can't go back," he explains in "Littlefoot." (now available) The Chieu Hoi Saloon A Novel Michael Harris...