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Books Acquired Recently

Cuadros, Gil. City of God. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1994.

I recently read about this book dealing with the AIDS epidemic and decided to buy it because of its use of multiple genres.

Hancock, Ange-Marie. Intersectionality: An Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Intersectionality is an important concept in my current writing project so I am trying to read a lot of recent scholarship on it, and thus bought this book. I am about half way through it and thus far it has been helpful.

Hardy, Janet W., and Dossie Easton. The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love. 3rd ed. California: Ten Speed Press, 2017.

I know people who are poly and I have read several novels depicting poly relationships but I have read very little nonfiction about it. I have recently read several pieces of scholarship that reference poly manuals to explore the idea of being theoretically poly–that is, using ideas from different academic disciplines in one’s work–so I decided to buy one because such an approach is an emphasis in my current project.

Moore, Carley. 16 Pills: Essays. Red Wing, MN: Tinderbox Editions, 2018.

I recently read Moore’s new novel The Not Wives and loved it; it was possibly the best book I’ve read this year. Therefore, I decided to order her recent essay collection.

Pérez, Laura E. Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I got a promotional email about this book from the publisher and ordered it right away because my current project focuses on the intersection between religion and writing, which is a kind of art.

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Books Acquired Recently: Jane Addams Book Shop Edition

Last week I was in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and I visited the Jane Addams Book Shop. It is a lovely little place, with three floors full of used books. I was good and only bought three things.

Koestenbaum, Wayne. The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire. New York: Poseidon Press, 1993.

I’ve enjoyed the other books by Koestenbaum that I have read, so when I found this hardcover for sale for only $10.00 I decided to buy it. I am not an opera fan but am aware of the gay-opera intersection, which I look forward to learning more about.

Millet, Kate. Flying. 1974. New York: Ballantine Books, 1975.

I am aware of this book because of its inclusion in Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home, in which she discusses it with her father. I found a signed copy of it in good condition and decided to buy it.

Oliver, Mary. Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems. 1999. Boston: Mariner Books, 2000.

I have grown more appreciative of Oliver’s work in recent years and decided to buy this miscellaneous collection because it includes an essay about one of my favorite poets, Walt Whitman.

 

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Books Acquired Recently: Mostly 2019 Edition

Hemmings, Clare. Bisexual Spaces: A Geography of Sexuality and Gender. New York: Routledge, 2002.

I recently came across a citation of this book and decided to buy it despite its age because I am bisexual and because my research is concerned with space.

With the exception of Moore’s book, which I bought directly from the publisher, I bought all of these books from amazon.com. I bought Hemmings’s book new for $53.95 because there were not any used copies available for a reasonable price. It must be said that it is ridiculous that Routledge has not lowered the price for the book considering that it is seventeen years old (an eternity in academic publishing) and it is also now print-on-demand (I received the book yesterday and it was printed on 14 September), and thus of lower quality than the original paperback printing and also devoid of warehousing costs. I bought it because it feels necessary for me to read (texts on bisexuality are still woefully rare), and I am sympathetic to the struggles that academic publishers face in an increasingly-contracting market, but I haven’t been this annoyed about the price of a book since buying some overpriced textbooks my first semester of college.

Moore, Carley. The Not Wives. New York: Feminist Press, 2019.

I received an email advertisement for this novel and decided to buy it because it is about queer relationship models, something that is treated infrequently in literature.

Shatzkin, Mike, and Robert Paris Riger. The Book Business: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

As a bibliophile I of course bought this book as soon as I heard about it. I read it the other night and learned from it, though less than I was hoping. It is worth reading for anyone interested in trying to get a book published.

The Book Business provides an illustrative contrast to Hemmings’s book. It is also print-on-demand and is a recently released academic text, and yet it only cost $20.00.

Skeets, Jake. Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2019.

I read about this poetry collection in a recent issue of Poets & Writers and decided to buy it because I am always looking for new queer writers of color.

Zimmerman, Diana R. Certain as Afternoon/ Certa Come il Pomeriggio. Costa Rica: Self-published, 2019.

I enjoy Zimmerman’s memoir Marry a Mennonite Boy and Make Pie, so I decided to buy her new poetry collection about the death of her Italian husband. The poems are printed in both English and Italian.

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Books Acquired Recently: Albany Book Festival Edition

Yesterday I attended the second annual Albany Book Festival at SUNY Albany. It was an excellent time, with readings by big-name authors, writing workshops, and a large book fair of local authors and their work. I showed great restraint and only bought four books, all of which I was able to get inscribed.

Bartow, Stuart. quaking marsh. Winchester, VA: Pond Frog Editions, 2018.

Bartow and Ungar ran a haiku workshop that I attended and enjoyed. They had a table together at the book fair and I bought a book from each of them. They had a deal where each book was $15.00 or two for $25.00.

Jimenez, Stephanie. They Could Have Named Her Anything. New York: Little A, 2019.

Jimenez and Moraga spoke on a Latina writers panel. I had not heard of Jimenez before but her novel takes place in New York City, so I look forward to reading it.

Little A is amazon.com’s relatively new publishing arm. I appreciate that despite their evilness they are willing to publish new authors of color.

Moraga, Cherríe. Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

Moraga is a foundational queer Latinx writer and I was excited to buy her memoir and get to meet her briefly.

Incidentally, it drives me nuts that FSG does not use the Oxford Comma in their name.

Ungar, Barbara Louise. Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life. Washington, D.C.: The Word Works, 2011.

I bought this particular book of Ungar’s because of the title. It is about divorce, a topic I am unfortunately familiar with. I am already more than a third of the way through the collection and enjoying it thus far.

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Collins, Patricia Hill. Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

As per usual with books from Duke University Press, I got a promotional email about this book and decided to order it immediately from them (they always give a 30% discount with the code SAVE30) because it is relevant for my research. They should really just have a subscription service for people like me!

Friend, Malcolm. Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple. Riverside, CA: Inlandia Books, 2018.

I read a friend’s review of this book recently, and as soon as I saw that it was by a fellow boricua I decided to buy it. I purchased it from amazon.com.

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Snaza, Nathan. Animate Literacies: Literature, Affect, and the Politics of Humanism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I received a promotional email about this book from the publisher and ordered a copy right away because the book examines several texts that I teach in my courses through the lens of affect theory, an approach that I am working to learn more about.

Warhol, Andy, and Pat Hackett. Popism: The Warhol Sixties. San Diego: Harvest, 1980.

A used bookshop, Lost Hi-Way Records and Books, recently opened up in Clinton, New York, about fifteen minutes from where I live. I visited it for the first time on Friday and decided to buy this book because it was on sale for $1.50!

 

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Loveless, Natalie. How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I received an advertisement about this book from the publisher and ordered it from them immediately because the concept of “research-creation,” a term that I had not encountered before, is similar to the hybrid writing I have been doing over the past several years.

Sánchez Korrol, Virginia E. From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Sánchez Korrol, Virginia E., and Pedro Juan Hernández. Pioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1948-1998. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

I continue to explore my roots as a Nuyorican, and bought these two books to that end. I purchased them both from abebooks.com.

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