Books Acquired Recently

Navratilova, Martina, with George Vecsey. Martina. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. I became obsessed with tennis and Navratilova when I was nine years old, and my local public library had her autobiography, so I read it avidly. Lately I’ve been writing about books that have influenced me, and in hindsight I realized that thisContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

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Books Acquired Recently: Hobart Book Village Edition

This past weekend I went to the Hobart Book Village in Hobart, New York, for the first time. Hobart is a tiny village in the Catskills, but it has five independent bookstores within two blocks of each other. They all have slightly different specialties and cooperate with each other rather than being competitors. I onlyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Hobart Book Village Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Clay, Steven, and Rodney Phillips, eds. A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980. New York: New York Public Library/Granary Books, 1998. This is a book about the various mimeographed literary publications (periodicals and chapbooks) published in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. It is a mix of cover reproductions,Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Gay Nostalgia Edition

Delany, Samuel R. Letters from Amherst: Five Narrative Letters. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2019. I am a Delany fanatic so I buy all of his books. I had pre-ordered this book from amazon.com and it came this week. Vidal, Gore. Myra Breckinridge. 1968. New York: Vintage International, 2019. I’ve only read one of Vidal’sContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Gay Nostalgia Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition

Over the past few months publishers have sent me a number of desk copies for my Fall 2019 courses. For First-Year Composition: Blanco, Richard. The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. 2014. New York: Ecco, 2015. Irby, Samantha. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays. New York: Vintage Books, 2017. Knisley, Lucy. Relish:Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Ervin Beck Edition

The above photograph shows the 51 books that my former professor Ervin Beck gave me when I visited his home in Goshen, Indiana, last week. I took his Mennonite Literature course my junior year of college and have basically been obsessed with the field since then. He generously let me take a selection of hisContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Ervin Beck Edition”