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Books Acquired Recently

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. New York: HarperTeen, 2018.

I heard about this book at a panel at the recent MLA convention and it sounded interesting enough that I decided to buy it. I will be teaching a Latinx Literature course in the fall for the first time, so I am trying to read as much recent Latinx lit as possible as I think about what to put on the syllabus.

Piatote, Beth. The Beadworkers: Stories. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 2019.

I just recently found out about Piatote, who attends a Mennonite church and thus can be considered a Mennonite writer. As such, she falls within my scholarly purview.

Smith, Danez. Homie: Poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf, 2020.

I read Smith’s previous book, Don’t Call Us Dead, earlier this year and loved it, so I pre-ordered this new collection as soon as I heard about it. It came this week.

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Gurba, Myriam. Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Short Stories. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2015.

I saw a presentation on the title story of this collection at MLA two weeks ago and decided to check it out because of its speculative nature.

Loveless, Natalie, ed. Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-creation. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2020.

I read Loveless’s book on research-creation, How to Make Art at the End of the World, about six months ago and loved it, so I pre-ordered this edited collection on the subject. It arrived last week.

Wald, Sarah D., David J. Vázquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray, eds. Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019.

I heard Priscilla Solis Ybarra speak at MLA and she mentioned that this collection had just come out. It is especially timely considering the crises at the U.S.-Mexico border and in Puerto Rico that have been exacerbated by the Orange One’s administration.

 

 

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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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Awkward-Rich, Cameron. Dispatch: Poems. New York: Persea Books, 2019.

I met Awkward-Rich at MLA last year and since then have become a fan of his work. His new poetry collection just came out and I ordered it right away.

Harris, Middleton A., ed. The Black Book. 1974. New York: Random House, 2009.

This book is famous because Toni Morrison was the Random House editor who worked on the original edition, and while doing so she read the newspaper clipping that became the inspiration for her 1987 novel Beloved, one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. I have always been interested in reading Harris’s book because of this genesis story. I recently got a promotional email about a new hardcover printing and ordered an exam copy for consideration in my African American Literature course.

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Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Gifts Edition

Another holiday season has come and gone, and once again I received a decent number of books as gifts. I also received some cash that I am going to spend at the MLA book fair in Seattle next week. With one exception, the books are either queer or Mennonite, my two main reading areas, and Rodríguez and Sánchez Korrol’s book relates to my recent research on my Puerto Rican heritage.

Dueck, Dora. All That Belongs. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2019.

Rodríguez, Clara E., and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds. Historical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Survival in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1996.

Sachdeva, Anjali. All the Names They Used for God: Stories. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2019.

Swartz, Phyllis Miller. Yoder School: A Memoir. Telford, PA: DreamSeeker Books, 2019.

Tobia, Jacob. Sissy: A Coming-of-gender Story. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019.

Warren, Nagueyalti. Alice Walker’s Metaphysics: Literature of Spirit. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

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Books Acquired Recently: Queer Latinx Edition

Anzaldúa, Gloria. The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader. Ed. AnaLouise Keating. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

I’ve been reading Anzaldúa’s Interviews/Entrevistas, which is amazing, so I want to explore more of her work. I am often skeptical of authors’ “Readers” because I would rather read work in its original context, but Anzaldúa’s Reader includes a lot of work that was not published during her lifetime.

Silvera, Adam. More Happy Than Not. New York: Soho Teen, 2015.

I recently ran across an essay about this book and decided to buy it because it is about a queer Puerto Rican from New York City, a narrative that fits my own.

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Corral, Eduardo C. Slow Lightning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

I was browsing at the Colgate University bookstore the other day as something to do while my partner was at a doctor’s appointment when I came across this poetry collection. I haven’t read any of Corral’s work before but have heard good things about it from my colleagues, so I decided to buy his book.

Espada, Martín. Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. 2016. New York: W.W. Norton, 2017.

I love Espada’s work and decided to buy this poetry collection because I have been writing about Walt Whitman lately and I know that Espada is also a big Whitman fan, as can be seen via the choice of the title for his book. I am about half way through it, and while it is mostly not about Whitman, it is quite enjoyable thus far.

Varghese, Ricky, ed. Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2019.

Tim Dean’s 2009 book Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking is one of the best scholarly texts I’ve ever read. I bought it at the 2011 MLA convention and it has played a significant role about my thinking on sexual risk ever since. I was thus tremendously excited to hear about Varghese’s collection, which is a collection of essays examining the legacy of Dean’s book on its tenth anniversary.

 

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