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Books Acquired Recently

Clay, Steven, and Rodney Phillips, eds. A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980. New York: New York Public Library/Granary Books, 1998.

This is a book about the various mimeographed literary publications (periodicals and chapbooks) published in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. It is a mix of cover reproductions, excerpts, and reminisces by those involved in the production and writing of the publications. I have been fascinated by this era since I was in college so I am keen to read it! Both it and Sato’s book were bought from amazon.com’s network of independent booksellers.

Sato, Hiroaki, ed. Erotic Haiku. Japan: IBC, 2004.

I enjoy haiku anthologies and am especially fond of haiku about everyday physical experience, so when I heard about this anthology I thought it would be right down my alley. It has both Japanese and English versions of the poems. The publication information is in Japanese, which is why I am not sure about the city of publication.

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Books Acquired Recently: Gay Nostalgia Edition

Delany, Samuel R. Letters from Amherst: Five Narrative Letters. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2019.

I am a Delany fanatic so I buy all of his books. I had pre-ordered this book from amazon.com and it came this week.

Vidal, Gore. Myra Breckinridge. 1968. New York: Vintage International, 2019.

I’ve only read one of Vidal’s novels (The City and the Pillar) and have been wanting to read more, but his historical novels do not interest me. I got a promotional email from the publisher that Myra Breckinridge is now back in print, so I ordered an examination copy.

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Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition

Over the past few months publishers have sent me a number of desk copies for my Fall 2019 courses.

For First-Year Composition:

Blanco, Richard. The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. 2014. New York: Ecco, 2015.

Irby, Samantha. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays. New York: Vintage Books, 2017.

Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. New York: First Second, 2013.

Tea, Michelle. How to Grow Up: A Memoir. New York: Plume, 2015.

As is evident from Blanco’s, Irby’s, and Tea’s books, this is sneakily a queer memoir class as well.

For American Literature Before 1865:

Brown, Charles Brockden. Wieland and Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.

This, Irving’s, and Wilson’s books are Penguin Classics, which I love.

Hollander, John, ed. American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume One; Philip Freneau to Walt Whitman. New York: Library of America, 1993.

Over the past year I’ve begun the practice of assigning a poetry anthology in all of my literature classes, which has been an excellent decision. We read one or two poems at the beginning of each class and then spend the rest of the class talking about the longer reading for the day.

Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.

Wilson, Harriet E. Our Nig, Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black. 1859. New York: Penguin Books, 2009.

For African American Literature:

Delany, Samuel R. Dark Reflections. 2007. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2016.

This is an excellent novel that was out of print for quite a while (an issue that many of Delany’s best novels have, unfortunately). I have been wanting to teach it since I first read it, and am glad that Dover has now made this possible.

Harper, Michael S., and Anthony Walton, eds. The Vintage Book of African American Poetry: 200 Years of Vision, Struggle, Power, Beauty, and Triumph from 50 Outstanding Poets. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.

Lorde, Audre. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 1982.

This is one of my favorite memoirs ever.

Morrison, Toni. Sula. 1973. New York: Vintage International, 2004.

Walker, Alice. Meridian. 1976. Orlando: Harvest, 2003.

I wrote a dissertation chapter on this novel many years ago, haha.

 

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Books Acquired Recently: Ervin Beck Edition

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The above photograph shows the 51 books that my former professor Ervin Beck gave me when I visited his home in Goshen, Indiana, last week. I took his Mennonite Literature course my junior year of college and have basically been obsessed with the field since then. He generously let me take a selection of his books in the field as part of his retirement downsizing.

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Books Acquired Recently

Loewen, Mary Ann, ed. Finding Father: Stories from Mennonite Daughters. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2019.

I pre-ordered this book from amazon.ca as soon as I could because it includes a number of chapters by authors involved with Mennonite literature. It came in the mail earlier this week.

Weinberg, Jonathan. Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019.

I got a promotional email about this memoir about gay sex in New York City from the publisher and ordered it immediately. It includes a number of lovely photographs, many of them explicit.

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Books Acquired Recently

I received two books in the mail today that I’m quite excited to read. They are both by authors whose previous work I find powerful.

Levins Morales, Aurora. Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals. Revised and Expanded ed. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I’ve read some of Levins Morales’s poetry but have not previously encountered her essays. I am excited to read more of her work because she occupies a similar intersection as I do as a Puerto Rican from an ethnoreligious tradition.

Lowrey, Sassafras. Healing/Heeling. N.p.: Sassafras Lowrey, 2019.

This is a hybrid memoir that examines Lowrey’s relationships with dogs throughout hir life (ze has been training dogs since ze was a teenager). I am not a dog person but I love Lowrey’s writing and, as I’ve written here before, I’m also currently quite interested in the hybrid memoir genre.

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Books Acquired Recently: All Queer Edition

Browne, Kath, Jason Lim, and Gavin Brown, eds. Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practices and Politics. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2007.

I am thinking about a project on queer space in fiction and am thus looking for theory on queer geography. This collection looks like it will be a good start. I purchased it from Thriftbooks via amazon.com.

Chen, Ching-In. recombinant. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey Street Press, 2017.

I read Chen’s first book, a novel in poems, last week and loved it, so decided to buy their most recent book. I believe I’ve read a few poems from it in anthologies. I purchased it and Greenwell’s book from amazon.com.

Greenwell, Garth. What Belongs to You. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

I recently read Greenwell’s novella Mitko and loved it, so decided to buy this novel.

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