Books Acquired Recently: Albany Book Festival Edition

Yesterday I attended the second annual Albany Book Festival at SUNY Albany. It was an excellent time, with readings by big-name authors, writing workshops, and a large book fair of local authors and their work. I showed great restraint and only bought four books, all of which I was able to get inscribed.

Bartow, Stuart. quaking marsh. Winchester, VA: Pond Frog Editions, 2018.

Bartow and Ungar ran a haiku workshop that I attended and enjoyed. They had a table together at the book fair and I bought a book from each of them. They had a deal where each book was $15.00 or two for $25.00.

Jimenez, Stephanie. They Could Have Named Her Anything. New York: Little A, 2019.

Jimenez and Moraga spoke on a Latina writers panel. I had not heard of Jimenez before but her novel takes place in New York City, so I look forward to reading it.

Little A is amazon.com’s relatively new publishing arm. I appreciate that despite their evilness they are willing to publish new authors of color.

Moraga, Cherríe. Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

Moraga is a foundational queer Latinx writer and I was excited to buy her memoir and get to meet her briefly.

Incidentally, it drives me nuts that FSG does not use the Oxford Comma in their name.

Ungar, Barbara Louise. Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life. Washington, D.C.: The Word Works, 2011.

I bought this particular book of Ungar’s because of the title. It is about divorce, a topic I am unfortunately familiar with. I am already more than a third of the way through the collection and enjoying it thus far.

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Collins, Patricia Hill. Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

As per usual with books from Duke University Press, I got a promotional email about this book and decided to order it immediately from them (they always give a 30% discount with the code SAVE30) because it is relevant for my research. They should really just have a subscription service for people like me!

Friend, Malcolm. Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple. Riverside, CA: Inlandia Books, 2018.

I read a friend’s review of this book recently, and as soon as I saw that it was by a fellow boricua I decided to buy it. I purchased it from amazon.com.

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Snaza, Nathan. Animate Literacies: Literature, Affect, and the Politics of Humanism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I received a promotional email about this book from the publisher and ordered a copy right away because the book examines several texts that I teach in my courses through the lens of affect theory, an approach that I am working to learn more about.

Warhol, Andy, and Pat Hackett. Popism: The Warhol Sixties. San Diego: Harvest, 1980.

A used bookshop, Lost Hi-Way Records and Books, recently opened up in Clinton, New York, about fifteen minutes from where I live. I visited it for the first time on Friday and decided to buy this book because it was on sale for $1.50!

 

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Loveless, Natalie. How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I received an advertisement about this book from the publisher and ordered it from them immediately because the concept of “research-creation,” a term that I had not encountered before, is similar to the hybrid writing I have been doing over the past several years.

Sánchez Korrol, Virginia E. From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Sánchez Korrol, Virginia E., and Pedro Juan Hernández. Pioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1948-1998. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

I continue to explore my roots as a Nuyorican, and bought these two books to that end. I purchased them both from abebooks.com.

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Enszer, Julie R., ed. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, 1974-1989. Dover, FL: A Midsummer Night’s Press/Sinister Wisdom, 2018.

I deeply appreciate Lorde’s life writing and was thus excited to hear about this collection of her letters.

Espada, Martín, Lauren Marie Schmidt, and J.D. Schraffenberger. The Necessary Poetics of Atheism: Essays and Poems. Sherman, IL: Twelve Winters Press, 2016.

I love Espada’s work and when I heard about this book its title intrigued me, so I decided to buy it.

Both books were acquired from amazon.com.

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Books Acquired Recently: 2019 Edition

Bonomo, Joe. No Place I Would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

I’ve loved Roger Angell’s baseball writing since I first encountered it in the New Yorker in the mid-2000s. I am thus excited to read this book about his writing.

Darling, Ron, with Daniel Paisner. 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019.

I enjoy Ron Darling’s work as one of the Mets’ broadcasters, and I am obsessed with the 1986 Mets, so of course I bought this book.

Habib, Samra. We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir. Toronto: Viking, 2019.

I bought this book as soon as I heard about it because Samra writes from a similar position as I do (i.e., queer brown religious). I read it yesterday and it is excellent, 5/5.

I purchased all three books from amazon.com with a gift certificate.

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Cruz, Nicky, with Jamie Buckingham. Run Baby Run. 1968. Newberry, FL: Bridge-Logos, 2016.

Wilkerson, David, with John Sherrill and Elizabeth Sherrill. The Cross and the Switchblade. 1962. New York: Jove Books, 1977.

Mennonites like to play what is known as the “Mennonite Game” whenever we meet a Mennonite whom we haven’t met before. We try to figure out how we are connected to them via mutual acquaintances. This often involves hearing their last name and asking, “Oh, are you related to (person with same last name that the person asking the question knows)?” “Cruz” is not an ethnic Mennonite name, but many Mennonites of a certain generation still know it because of Nicky Cruz’s and David Wilkerson’s memoirs about converting gang members from New York City to Christianity. So members of my family used to frequently be asked “Are you related to Nicky Cruz?” The answer is no. Cruz is about as common a name as “Smith” is, but most white Mennonites don’t realize that. I am doing some writing about my family’s Mennonite history, including my father’s experiences as a non-ethnic Mennonite, and decided that I should actually read Cruz’s and Wilkerson’s books to help me understand why they were popular with Mennonites in the 1960s and 1970s.

Miller Shearer, Tobin. Two Weeks Every Summer: Fresh Air Children and the Problem of Race in America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2017.

Miller Shearer was one of my youth group advisers in high school before he went back to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in history. The Fresh Air program is one that many rural Mennonites have participated in, hosting children from cities (including some Mennonites) for several weeks in the summer. I heard adults talk about it all the time when I was a kid, so I look forward to reading his history of it.

Witwer, Michael, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer. Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History. Ten Speed Press, 2018.

As a result of my new Dungeons & Dragons obsession, I’ve been trying to read as much as I can about its history. I found this huge book about the game’s visuals on sale for $31.00 (the cover price is $50.00) and decided to buy it.

I purchased all four books from amazon.com because I had a gift card.

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