Books Acquired Recently

Metres, Philip. Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront Since 1941. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007. I’ve been reading a lot about poetry’s role in society lately because of the pandemic and came across a citation of this book, which looks fascinating, so I decided to buy it. Pollack, Rachel.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Sabbatical Productivity: May

I am on sabbatical this semester and have been keeping a list in my journal of the academic activities I engage in. This practice is partly for myself, so that I make sure I am using the time productively, and partly for my institution, which requires me to write a report about the sabbatical onceContinue reading “Sabbatical Productivity: May”

Books Acquired Recently: Albany Book Festival

Yesterday I went to the first Albany Book Festival. It was an enjoyable event with a mix of panels, author signings, and authors selling their books, many at reduced prices. I ended up spending about $85.00 total for the seven books I acquired, so about $12.00 per book, which is not bad. I had heardContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Albany Book Festival”

Books Acquired Recently: Lauren Groff Edition

I recently heard about the author Lauren Groff, who is of Mennonite background even though she does not apparently identify as Mennonite. Well, we Mennonite literary critics name Mennonite writers as such whether they like it or not, so guess what, Lauren Groff, you’re a Mennonite writer! Don’t try to fight it! Join the darkContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Lauren Groff Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition

Publishers have sent me desk copies for my fall classes over the past few months. The Knisley and Tea are for my first-year composition course, the Ballard and McGuire are for my Introduction to Literature course, and the Everett and Vidal are for my American Literature Since 1945 course. Ballard, J.G. Crash. 1973. New York:Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Ferris, Emil. My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2016. I heard about this book, Kang’s book, and Waite’s book when I was at Northeast MLA last month. They all sounded intriguing, so I decided to order them. Ferris’s book is a graphic novel that takes place in late-1960s Chicago and also includes queerContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Friends Edition

Plett, Casey. Little Fish. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018. I received a review copy of this novel by fellow queer Mennonite Casey Plett from the Pacific Journal, which has asked me to write a review for its Fall 2018 issue. Plett and I are friends and I had the privilege of reading several drafts ofContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Friends Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Beachy, Stephen. Leahbelle Beachy and the Beings of Light: Amish Terror Book 2. San Diego: Vapor Books, 2018. This is the second volume of Beachy’s Amish science fiction trilogy, which just came out. I can’t wait to read it! Cherciu, Lucia. Train Ride to Bucharest. Rhinebeck, NY: Sheep Meadow Press, 2017. Cherciu is the winnerContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Acheson, Katherine O. Writing Essays About Literature: A Brief Guide for University and College Students.¬†Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2011. I attended the annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference in Pittsburgh this past weekend, and of course left with a number of books. I got Acheson’s, Barrie’s, and Dale’s books free as examination copies. IContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”