Books Acquired Recently

Delany, Samuel R. Occasional Views, Volume 2: “The Gamble” and Other Essays. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2021.

This collection of essays is dated 2021 but just came out a week or so ago, presumably because of pandemic-related “supply chain issues.” As with Volume 1, it is a fascinating, valuable collection of hard-to-find or previously unpublished pieces that are mostly from the latter part of Delany’s career.

Janzen, Rhoda. Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love. New York: Grand Central, 2013.

This is the sequel to Janzen’s bestselling Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, which is probably the most famous Mennonite memoir ever, and certainly the most controversial. I figured that now that I am doing an MFA in creative nonfiction I should actually read this sequel, which did so poorly when it first came out that the title was changed between the hardcover and paperback editions (the original title was Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?). I started reading it yesterday, and it is marred by the same casual queerphobia used for laughs as Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, so I am not a fan.

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