Monthly Archives: December 2019

Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Gifts Edition

Another holiday season has come and gone, and once again I received a decent number of books as gifts. I also received some cash that I am going to spend at the MLA book fair in Seattle next week. With one exception, the books are either queer or Mennonite, my two main reading areas, and Rodríguez and Sánchez Korrol’s book relates to my recent research on my Puerto Rican heritage.

Dueck, Dora. All That Belongs. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2019.

Rodríguez, Clara E., and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds. Historical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Survival in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1996.

Sachdeva, Anjali. All the Names They Used for God: Stories. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2019.

Swartz, Phyllis Miller. Yoder School: A Memoir. Telford, PA: DreamSeeker Books, 2019.

Tobia, Jacob. Sissy: A Coming-of-gender Story. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019.

Warren, Nagueyalti. Alice Walker’s Metaphysics: Literature of Spirit. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

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Books Acquired Recently: Queer Latinx Edition

Anzaldúa, Gloria. The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader. Ed. AnaLouise Keating. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

I’ve been reading Anzaldúa’s Interviews/Entrevistas, which is amazing, so I want to explore more of her work. I am often skeptical of authors’ “Readers” because I would rather read work in its original context, but Anzaldúa’s Reader includes a lot of work that was not published during her lifetime.

Silvera, Adam. More Happy Than Not. New York: Soho Teen, 2015.

I recently ran across an essay about this book and decided to buy it because it is about a queer Puerto Rican from New York City, a narrative that fits my own.

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Books Acquired Recently

Corral, Eduardo C. Slow Lightning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

I was browsing at the Colgate University bookstore the other day as something to do while my partner was at a doctor’s appointment when I came across this poetry collection. I haven’t read any of Corral’s work before but have heard good things about it from my colleagues, so I decided to buy his book.

Espada, Martín. Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. 2016. New York: W.W. Norton, 2017.

I love Espada’s work and decided to buy this poetry collection because I have been writing about Walt Whitman lately and I know that Espada is also a big Whitman fan, as can be seen via the choice of the title for his book. I am about half way through it, and while it is mostly not about Whitman, it is quite enjoyable thus far.

Varghese, Ricky, ed. Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2019.

Tim Dean’s 2009 book Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking is one of the best scholarly texts I’ve ever read. I bought it at the 2011 MLA convention and it has played a significant role about my thinking on sexual risk ever since. I was thus tremendously excited to hear about Varghese’s collection, which is a collection of essays examining the legacy of Dean’s book on its tenth anniversary.

 

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Books Acquired Recently: All Mennonite Edition

Dueck, Nathan. A Very Special Episode. Hamilton, ON: Buckrider Books, 2019.

Dueck is a Mennonite poet whom I know and his third collection of poetry just came out. I bought it right away and look forward to reading it.

Stoltzfus, Donna J. Captive. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2018.

Stolzfus’s family and mine have been friends since the 1960s. This book for adolescents is about German POWs who worked for Mennonites in Pennsylvania during World War II.

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