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Books Acquired Recently: Mostly Seanan McGuire Edition

Glück, Louise. American Originality: Essays on Poetry. 2017. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018.

I was very excited to have a poet win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. I am not very familiar with Glück’s work, so I decided to buy a book of hers. While researching her work to decide what to buy, American Originality stood out. It came in the mail today.

Mason, Scott, ed. Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19: The Haiku Hecameron. Chappaqua, NY: Girasole Press, 2020.

Literature, and especially poetry, has been helping me survive the pandemic, and I am obsessed with work that is being produced about it as it happens. I recently received a notice about this pandemic-related haiku anthology (which is beautifully printed despite the rapidity of its production), and bought it immediately.

McGuire, Seanan. Beneath the Sugar Sky. New York: Tor, 2018.

—. Come Tumbling Down. New York: Tor, 2019.

—. Down Among the Sticks and Bones. New York: Tor, 2017.

—. In An Absent Dream. New York: Tor, 2019.

I recently taught the first book of McGuire’s Wayward Children series, Every Heart a Doorway, for the third or fourth time, and decided that it was finally time for me to read the rest of the series. I appreciate the way McGuire writes the queer characters in the first book, and look forward to seeing how she does so in the rest of the series.

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Books Acquired Recently

Dávila, Arlene. Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

I have enjoyed some of Dávila’s previous work in Latinx Studies, and know very little about Latinx art, so decided to buy this book to educate myself further.

Muñoz, José Esteban. The Sense of Brown. Edited by Joshua Chambers-Letson and Tavia Nyong’o. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

Muñoz is perhaps the most important theorist of queer Latinidad, an author whose work I automatically buy regardless of its subject. The Sense of Brown is his last book, published posthumously.

Swarstad Johnson, Julie, and Christopher Cokinos, eds. Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2020.

Swarstad Johnson has quickly established herself as an important Mennonite poet in the past few years, and thus I bought this book.

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