Books Acquired Recently: Just in Case Edition

I recently panic-ordered a bunch of books (several that have recently come out, several that have been on my list for a while) that might get censored if the Orange One stays in power, which thankfully looks like won’t happen! But it’s still necessary to read narratives by marginalized voices as an act of resistance against U.S. oligarchy.

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014.

Midori. The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage. N.p.: Greenery Press, 2001.

Miller, Evie Yoder. Loyalties. Scruples on the Line: A Fictional Series Set During the American Civil War, Book II. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2020.

This is not one of the books I panic-bought, although its subject matter is relevant to the current U.S. political divide. Miller sent me a copy as a thank-you for providing a blurb for it. It’s an excellent book, and I’m excited for the third part of the trilogy to come out next year!

Quesada, Uriel, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Cruz, eds. Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. 2004. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.

Sayrafiezadeh, Saïd. When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir. 2009. New York: Dial Press, 2010.

Stiehler, Elena, ed. The Best Small Fictions 2020. New York: Sonder Press, 2020.

My friend and colleague Suzanne Richardson has a fantastic piece in this anthology. Despite the “small” nature of its genre, the book is almost 400 pages long! Lots of good reading inside!

Published by danielshankcruz

I grew up in New York City and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah before coming to Utica, New York. My mother’s family is Swiss-German Mennonite (i.e., it’s an ethnicity, not necessarily a theological persuasion) and my father’s family is Puerto Rican. I have a Ph.D. in English and currently teach at Utica College. I have also taught at Northern Illinois University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. My teaching and scholarship are motivated by a passion for social justice, which is why my research focuses on the literature of oppressed groups, especially LGBT persons and people of color. While I primarily read and write about fiction, I am also a devoted reader of poetry because, as William Carlos Williams writes, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet [people] die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Thinkers who influence me include Marina Abramovic, Kathy Acker, Di Brandt, Ana Castillo, Samuel R. Delany, Percival Everett, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, Walt Whitman, and the New York School of poets. I am also fond of queer Mennonite writers such as Stephen Beachy, Jan Guenther Braun, Lynnette Dueck/D’anna, and Casey Plett. In my free time I’m either reading, writing the occasional poem, playing board games (especially Scrabble, backgammon, and chess), watching sports (Let’s Go, Mets!), or cooking (curries, stews, roasts…).

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