Books Acquired Recently

Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. 1994. New York: Vintage, 1995.

Bornstein, Kate, and S. Bear Bergman, eds. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. Berkeley: Seal, 2010.

I’ve read bits and pieces of Bornstein’s work over the years and enjoyed it, and a colleague recently told me that she uses Bornstein’s work in her writing classes with great success, so I finally decided to buy and read some substantial chunks of her work. I am especially excited to read Gender Outlaw, but also thought that it would be helpful to read the more recent collection of essays on Bornstein’s original themes.

Lachman, Becca J.R. The Apple Speaks. Telford: DreamSeeker, 2012.

I bought this book now in order to get to amazon.com’s $25.00 free shipping threshold (happily, Bornstein’s books were quite inexpensive), but it has been on my “to buy” list for a while after a friend recommended it. I love Mennonite poetry, and am excited to read a newer voice in the field. The collection has poems with Anabaptist-influenced titles such as “An Anabaptist Learns Tai Chi,” “Talking Poetry With an Amish Bishop,” and “Reading Plath at a National Mennonite Convention” that whet my appetite for the rest of the book. Sadly, the cover is ugly and unappealing, and this has often been a weakness with Cascadia Publishing House’s (the parent company of DreamSeeker Books) books, along with terrible proofreading. But their content is always good.

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