Books Acquired Recently

I was in Manhattan to run a necessary but quick errand on 14th Street today, and thought I might as well stop by the Strand while I was in the neighborhood to make the trip more worthwhile. I bought these four books, all of which I’ve had my eye on. It was nice to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Gentili, Cecilia. Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn’t My Rapist. Brooklyn: LittlePuss Press, 2022. I had pre-ordered this book that, according to its blurb, “reinvents the trans memoir, putting it squarely back between the writer and her various enemies.” Very Frank O’Hara/Personism-esque! My copy came in the mail yesterday. Smith, Tracy K.,Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Abdelmahmoud, Elamin. Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. New York: Ballantine Books, 2022. I read about this book in an article in Poets & Writers and was intrigued by its subtitle. I’ve been struggling with the form of my own memoir (Is it essays? Is it a single narrative?), so I decided to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Hudes, Quiara Alegría. My Broken Language: A Memoir. 2021. New York: One World, 2022. My sister recommended this memoir to me because she said it relates some to our childhood experiences, so I’m interested to see how. Murillo, John. Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry. New York: Four Way Books, 2020. I’m teaching Murillo’s first poetry collection inContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

I visited Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Philadelphia for the first time yesterday. I had previously heard of the store because they were the local booksellers at this year’s AWP conference bookfair, so it was exciting to get to see their physical space. I bought the following two memoirish books: Arceneaux, Michael. I Can’tContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

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. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Back to School/Puerto Rican History Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Strand Edition

Yesterday I had some running around to do in Manhattan, so I decided to add the Strand to my itinerary. Here’s what I bought: Conklin, Lydia. Rainbow Rainbow: Stories. New York: Catapult, 2022. I saw some laudatory posts about this collection on Twitter, and decided to buy it because it sounds like the stories areContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Strand Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Calhoun, Ada. Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. New York: Grove Press, 2022. I bought this memoir because O’Hara is my favorite poet and because I’m always interested in personal narratives about interacting with literature. Friesen, Lauren, and Dennis R. Koehn, eds. Anabaptist ReMix: Varieties of Cultural Engagement in North America. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Ajayi Jones, Luvvie. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. New York: Henry Holt, 2016. —. Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual. Penguin Books, 2021. I received these two books as gifts from my partner, who heard Ajayi Jones speak at a conference recently. Ahmed, Sara. Complaint! Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2021. Fournier, Lauren. Autotheory asContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Faulk, Andrew M. My Epidemic: An AIDS Memoir of One Man’s Struggle as Doctor, Patient and Survivor. 3rd ed. N.p.: Culbertson Publishing, 2021. I received this book as a gift. The person who gave it to me met the author at a conference and had the book inscribed to me. It’s a new edition withContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”