Books Acquired Recently: Mostly Mennonite Edition

Cliff, Michelle. Free Enterprise. New York: Dutton, 1993. I heard a presentation about this novel at Northeast MLA and it sounded interesting because of its treatment of pacifism and violence, so I decided to buy it since I have enjoyed my previous experiences with Cliff’s writing. Denise, Cheryl. I Saw God Dancing. Telford, PA: DreamSeeker Books,Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Mostly Mennonite Edition”

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Books Acquired Recently: Road Trip Edition

I just got back from a two-week road trip through Pennsylvania and New York to visit some family and friends, and did some book shopping along the way, all at independent bookstores. Here is what I acquired: Ashbery, John. Breezeway. New York: Ecco, 2015. I have always enjoyed Ashbery’s work, and his newest book hasContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Road Trip Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Nostalgia Edition

My parents have recently been completing some house renovations, and in the process of moving furniture around to accommodate these changes my mother has been de-accessioning some books. She asked whether I wanted any of them and I took a few, some because I have fond memories of them from childhood and some because IContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Nostalgia Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Edition

I’ve acquired a number of books over the past few weeks. Most of them (the ones without their provenance listed) have been gifts, though a few I’ve bought for gifts to myself to read over the semester break. Ballard, J.G. Cocaine Nights. 1996. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1998. Ballard is an author that I love toContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Edition”

The New York Rangers, the Stanley Cup, and Nostalgia

The Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings begins tonight. I’ve been a Rangers fan since 1990, when I decided to root for them in their first-round playoff series against the Islanders. I began following the team closely during the 1991-1992 season, Mark Messier’s first with the team, asContinue reading “The New York Rangers, the Stanley Cup, and Nostalgia”

Books Acquired Recently: NeMLA Edition

I have been at the Northeast Modern Language Association annual conference for the past few days. Normally this kind of convention offers excellent opportunities for book-buying. However, the conference has been a disappointment in this respect, as the selection at the bookfair was rather paltry. I only bought one book there. Hosseini, Khaled. The KiteContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: NeMLA Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Poetry Edition

ellipsis 49 (2013). Strasko, Barbara Buckman. Graffiti in Braille. Cincinnati: Word, 2012. Friday night was the debut reading for this year’s issue of ellipsis, Westminster College’s literary journal. ellipsis is unique in that it is run by students, but accepts submissions for review from anyone, so it ends up publishing a good mix of establishedContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Poetry Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Edition

My family exchanged gifts today rather than on the 25th. Here is a list of all of the books I was fortunate enough to receive: Bechdel, Alison. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For. Boston: Houghton, 2008. I read an article in the New Yorker about Bechdel earlier this year and decided that I wantedContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Edition”

My Grandfather’s Diary

My maternal grandfather died peacefully two weeks ago, and going through his things the family discovered that he had kept a diary for much of his life. It is surprising that he lived to be 96 and no one knew that he engaged in this practice. He wasn’t being secretive about it; he was justContinue reading “My Grandfather’s Diary”