Books Acquired Recently: Back to School/Puerto Rican History Edition

This semester I’m teaching a course at Hunter College called Distinguished Living Writers, which examines the books of the authors reading in Hunter’s Distinguished Writers reading series during the semester. My copies of the books for the course just arrived (in Batuman’s case, I ordered her previous books as background research).

Batuman, Elif. Either/Or. New York: Penguin Press, 2022.

—. The Idiot. 2017. New York: Penguin Books, 2018.

—. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.

Mishra, Pankaj. Run and Hide. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.

Murillo, John. Up Jump the Boogie. 2010. New York: Four Way Books, 2020.

Nunez, Elizabeth. Now Lila Knows. Brooklyn: Akashic Books, 2022.

I’m feeling the need to read more Puerto Rican history as I work on my memoir. I acquired these four books as part of that effort.

Haslip-Viera, Gabriel. Race, Identity and Indigenous Politics: Puerto Rican Neo-Taínos in the Diaspora and the Island. 2nd ed. New York: Latino Studies Press, 2019.

Jaime, Karen. The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida. New York: New York University Press, 2021.

Keegan, William F. Taíno Indian Myth and Practice: The Arrival of the Stranger King. 2007. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2022.

Noel, Urayoán. Invisible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014.

Rogers, Katina L. Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and Beyond the Classroom. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

I’ll be on the job market this coming school year as I finish my MFA, so I bought this book to help inspire my job search.


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