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Books Acquired Recently: MLA Edition

This past week I attended the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, which was held in Seattle this year. One of my favorite aspects of going to MLA is browsing the book fair, which usually has a good mix of academic and commercial publishers represented. Almost all of the publishers have sales and some give away books, so I acquired sixteen books for only $179.50 total. The Bacchilega and Brown, de Foïard-Brown and Nelson, Diaz, Quinoñez, and Vuong were free. The Erdrich, Greenwell, Smith, and Tariq were only $5.00 apiece. I would have bought more but I intentionally did not leave much room in my suitcase for my acquisitions so that I would not spend too much.

Ahmed, Sara. What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

Bacchilega, Cristina, and Marie Alohalani Brown, eds. The Penguin Book of Mermaids. New York: Penguin Books, 2019.

Berlant, Lauren, ed. Reading Sedgwick. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

de Foïard-Brown, Jacques, and Marilyn Nelson. The Baobab Room. N.p.: Little Bound Books, 2019.

Nelson gave a reading on Saturday night at which she handed out ten free, signed copies of this book. Luckily, I was sitting in the front row and was thus able to get one.

Diaz, Natalie. Postcolonial Love Poem. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2020.

This book does not come out until March but the publisher was giving away signed advance reader’s copies.

Erdrich, Heid E., ed. New Poets of Native Nations. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2018.

Ghaziani, Amin, and Matt Brim, eds. Imagining Queer Methods. New York: New York University Press, 2019.

Incidentally, Brim and I presented on the same panel, Black Queer Contributions.

Greenwell, Garth. Cleanness. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

This is the first book I have acquired with a 2020 publication date! It technically doesn’t come out until later this month.

Quinoñez, Ernesto. Taína. New York: Vintage Books, 2019.

Ruiz, Sandra. Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance. New York: New York University Press, 2019.

Sanchez, Melissa E. Queer Faith: Reading Promiscuity and Race in the Secular Love Tradition. New York: New York University Press, 2019.

Smith, Carmen Giménez. Be Recorder: Poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2019.

Stockton, Kathryn Bond. Avidly Reads Making Out. New York: New York University Press, 2019.

Tariq, Malcolm. Heed the Hollow: Poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2019.

Thurm, Eric. Avidly Reads Board Games. New York: New York University Press, 2019.

Vuong, Ocean. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. New York: Penguin Press, 2019.

 

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Books Acquired Recently

I have had a flurry of book acquiring this past week. I had several people recommend books to me that I ordered and received, and then yesterday I visited the excellent bookshop Dove & Hudson Old Books in Albany for the first time (unfortunately the store does not have a website), where I bought a few more.

Anker, Elizabeth S., and Rita Felski, ed. Critique and Postcritique. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017.

I ordered an exam copy of this essay collection from the publisher because, as its blurb claims, it “outlines the state of contemporary literary criticism,” a field that is obviously important to me as an English professor. I certainly feel like there is much less attention actually paid to literature these days in literary criticism than there should be, thus I look forward to seeing what the contributors have to say on the subject.

Hall, Donald. Old and New Poems. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1990.

I enjoy Hall’s prose and generally enjoy the poems of his that I have come across in various anthologies, though I dislike the devotion to form in his early work. My first encounter with his writing was when he gave a reading on campus my first year of college before I knew who he was or was interested in poetry. I enjoyed the reading, but did not think it remarkable at the time. Ever since I got into poetry about two years later I have regretted not buying one of his books and getting it signed. I bought this collection of selected poems from Dove & Hudson for $4.50, a steal.

Harrison, Kathryn. The Kiss: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 1997.

A colleague recommended this memoir to me. I recall reading a review of it in either Newsweek or Time when it first came out (my mother would switch between the two publications, so it was whichever one she was subscribing to at the time) and being scandalized that it involved incest. I read it earlier this week in one sitting. It is a beautifully-written book. I purchased it from amazon.com’s network of independent booksellers.

Highsmith, Patricia. Carol. 1952. New York: W.W. Norton, 2015.

This book, also known as The Price of Salt, is a lesbian pulp classic that I have been meaning to read for quite a while. I found a like-new copy at Dove & Hudson for only $4.00!

Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past. 1913-1927. Trans. C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin. 3 vols. New York: Random House, 1981.

I first saw this boxed set of Proust on a neighbor’s shelf in 2004 and the image has stuck with me because of the beauty of the set and how serious it looks. Each volume is about 1100 pages long, bound in black cloth. Though I love the genre of the novel and thus should read Remembrance of Things Past, one of the genre’s most significant texts, I was never sure whether I would because it is a big commitment to spend time reading 3300 pages of something that is not in my field of study, American literature. But when I saw this set in good condition sitting on the shelf at Dove & Hudson for only $25.00 (I probably would have been willing to pay twice that much, in part because I believe in supporting independent bookstores) I had to have it, which means that I will be reading Proust this summer. If I get through fifty pages a day it will take me about two months.

Quiñonez, Ernesto. Bodega Dreams. New York: Vintage, 2000.

I had this novel recommended to me by Ben Garcia, who gave a poetry reading at Utica College this past Wednesday. It takes place in New York City, my favorite locale for literature. I bought it on amazon.com.

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