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Homesick for another world
Moshfegh, Ottessa, author
New York : Penguin Press, 2017
"An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time Ottessa Moshfegh's debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it was named a book of the year by The Washington Postand the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for Another World is the rare case where an author's short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel. And for good reason. There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for another world is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O'Connor, and Homesick for another world is her Everything that rises must convergeor a good man is hard to find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick"--
Baker Berry PS3613.O77936 A6 2017

David Foster Wallace's balancing books : fictions of value
Severs, Jeffrey, 1974- author
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Introduction: a living transaction: value, ground, and balancing books -- Come to work: capitalist fantasies and the quest for balance in The broom of the system -- New deals: (the) depression and devaluation in the early stories -- Dei gratia: work ethic, grace, and giving in Infinite jest -- Other math: human costs, fractional selves, and neoliberal crisis in Brief interviews with hideous men -- His capital flush: despairing over work and value in Oblivion -- E pluribus unum: ritual, currency, and the embodied values of The pale king -- Conclusion: in line for the cash register with Wallace.

"Jeffrey Severs offers one of the first critical works that examines the entirety of David Foster Wallace's fiction rather than individual novels. Severs focuses his interpretation of Wallace's work on the author's interest in "value" understood in terms of the incalculable (morality) and the calculable (economics). This approach, Severs argues, allows a reading of Wallace that illuminates both the philosophical and moral ambition of his work but also positions him as a writer very much engaged in the political and economic issues of the late twentieth century. Severs reads Wallace as depicting characters struggling to determine the moral authority amid our chaotic culture. In considering the full scope of Wallace's career, Severs details his works' quest for balance in a world of excess and entropy. He adds to the critical portrayal of him as the philosopher-novelist by reading him as not only satirizing the deforming effects of money but examining the machinations of late-capitalism. Fusing readings of metaphysical, existential, and moral themes within the historical context of the last twentieth century, Severs provides new perspectives on Wallace's work and demonstrates the relevance of his fiction to contemporary political, economic, moral, and ethical problems."--
Baker Berry PS3573.A425635 Z864 2017

Freebird : a novel
Raymond, Jon, author
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
"The Singers, an all-American family in the California style, are about to lose everything. Anne is a bureaucrat in the Los Angeles Office of Sustainability whose ideals are compromised by a proposal from a venture capitalist seeking to privatize the city's wastewater. Her brother, Ben, a former Navy SEAL, returns from Afghanistan disillusioned and struggling with PTSD, and starts down a path toward a radical act of violence. And Anne's teenage son, Aaron, can't decide if he should go to college or pitch it all and hit the road. They all live inside the long shadow of the Singer patriarch Grandpa Sam, whose untold experience of the Holocaust shapes his family's moral character to the core."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry PS3618.A985 F74 2017

Idaho : a novel
Ruskovich, Emily, author
New York : Random House, [2017]
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho. With her husband's memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. Through multiple perspectives we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, as Ann becomes determined to understand the family she never knew-- and to take responsibility for them, reassembling their lives, and her own.
Baker Berry PS3618.U7445 I33 2017

Round lake
Bonner, Grace, author
New York, NY : Four Way Books, [2016]
Round Lake begins with an awakening in solitude. It moves through a search for romantic love, and attempts to create a sense of home and family through art and travel. There are elegies: surviving a sibling's drug addiction, and the losses of a father (to cancer) and a mother (to suicide).
Baker Berry PS3602.O657425 A6 2016

Huck out west
Coover, Robert, author
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
In Robert Coover's Huck Out West, also "wrote by Huck," the boys escape "sivilization" and "light out for the Territory, riding for the famous but short-lived Pony Express, then working as scouts for both sides in the war. They are suddenly separated when Tom decides he'd rather own civilization than leave it, returning east with his new wife, Becky Thatcher, to learn the law from her father. Huck, abandoned and "dreadful lonely," hires himself out to "whosoever." He rides shotgun on coaches, wrangles horses on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive, joins a gang of bandits, guides wagon trains, gets dragged into U.S. Army massacres, suffers a series of romantic and barroom misadventures. He is eventually drawn into a Lakota tribe by a young brave, Eeteh, an inventive teller of Coyote tales who "was having about the same kind of trouble with his tribe as I was having with mine." There is an army colonel who wants to hang Huck and destroy Eeteh's tribe, so they're both on the run, finding themselves ultimately in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush. This period, from the middle of the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876, is probably the most formative era of the nation's history. In the West, it is a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, huge disparities of wealth. Only Huck's sympathetic and gently comical voice can make it somehow bearable.
Baker Berry PS3553.O633 H83 2017

I was trying to describe what it feels like : new and selected stories
Holland, Noy, 1960- author
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2017]
"Noy Holland is one of America's great writers, and each of her previous collections has been greeted with wide acclaim. Critics have praised her exquisite prose, her exuberant characters, and the exhilarating tension of her tales. Following the wonderful reception of her first novel, Bird, which Counterpoint published last year, we are proud to offer a gathering of 48 stories, 17 from her previous collections and 25 never before published in book form"--
Baker Berry PS3558.O3486 A6 2017

Doctorow : collected stories
Doctorow, E. L., 1931-2015, author
New York : Random House, [2016]
"E. L. Doctorow selected some of his finest stories to create this pinnacle collection, his final project before his death. There are 15 stories total, including "The Water Works," "Jolene," "All the Time in the World," and Doctorow's own revision of "Liner Notes: The Songs of Billy Bathgate.""--
Baker Berry PS3554.O3 A6 2016

Class : a novel
Rosenfeld, Lucinda, author
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Working full-time for a non-profit organization and sending her daughter to an integrated school, Karen is forced to rethink her liberal ideals in the face of her do-gooder husband's questionable priorities and her daughter's struggles with bullying.
Baker Berry PS3568.O814 C53 2017

The analyst : poems
Peacock, Molly, 1947- author
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Part one: the pottery jar -- Part two: the hours -- Part three: ruby roses, kiss goodbye -- Part four: whisper of liberty.

When a psychoanalyst became a painter after surviving a stroke, her longtime patient, distinguished and beloved poet Molly Peacock, took up a unique task. The Analyst is a new, visceral, twenty-first century "in memoriam" of ambiguous loss in which Peacock brilliantly tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that now reverses and continues to evolve. Peacock invigorates the notion of poetry as word-painting: A tapestry of images, from a red enameled steamer on a black stove to Tibetan monks funneling glowing sand into a painting, create the backdrop for her quest to define identity.
Baker Berry PS3566.E15 A6 2017

Falling ill
Williams, C. K. 1936-2015, author
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Flame -- Diagnosis -- Box -- Heading home -- Pops -- My body -- Telling -- Next -- Face -- First dying -- Names -- You -- Tasks -- Really -- Eyes -- Bone -- Old -- Symptoms -- Secrets -- Labor -- Rays -- Better -- Rage -- Impatience -- My double -- What -- Worse -- How many -- Friends -- Fine -- The past -- Everyone -- Here -- Coward -- Wounded earth -- Embrace -- Bad day -- The heart -- Lonely -- Begun again -- Can it be lost? -- Trees -- Crying -- Others -- Air -- Depression -- Day off -- Against me -- Lord death -- Life -- Whenever -- Farewell.

A capstone to an unforgettable career; Over the past half century, the great shape-shifting poet C. K. Williams took upon himself the poet's task: to record with candor and ardor the burden of being alive. In Falling Ill, his final volume of poems, he brings this task to its conclusion, bearing witness to a restless mind's encounter with the brute fact of the body's decay, the spirit's erasure. Written with unsparing lyricism and relentless discursive logic, these brave poems face unflinchingly the dreadful edge of a precipice where a futureless future stares back. Urgent, unpunctuated, headlong, vertiginous, they race against time to trace the sinuous, startling twists and turns of consciousness. All is coming apart, taken away, except the brilliant art to describe it as the end is coming. All along is the reassurance of love's close presence. Here are no easy resolutions, false consolations. Like unanswered prayers, they are poems of deep interrogation a dialogue between the agonized I in its harrowing here-and-nowness and the elusive you of the beloved who flickers achingly just out of reach. Williams's "Falling Ill" takes its place among the enduring works of literature about death and departure.
Baker Berry PS3573.I4483 A6 2017

Enigma variations
Aciman, André, author
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
First love -- Spring fever -- Manfred -- Star love -- Abingdon square.

"A passionate portrait of love's contradictory power, in five illuminating stories André Aciman, who has been called "the most exciting new fiction writer of the twenty-first century" (New York magazine), has written a novel that chronicles the life of Paul, whose loves remain as consuming and covetous throughout his life as they were in adolescence. Whether in southern Italy, where as a boy he has a crush on his parents' cabinetmaker; or on a snowbound campus in New England, where his enduring passion for a girl he'll meet again and again over the years is counterpointed by anonymous encounters with other men; or on a tennis court in Central Park; or on a sidewalk in early spring in New York, his attachments are ungraspable, transient, and forever underwritten by raw desire -- not for just one person's body but, inevitably, for someone else's as well. In charting the most inscrutable corners of desire, Aciman proves to be an unsparing reader of the human psyche, soul, and libido, and a master stylist of contemporary literature. With language at once lyrical, bare-knuckled, and unabashedly candid in Enigma Variations, he casts a sensuous, shimmering light over each facet of desire to probe how we ache, want, and waver, and ultimately how we sometimes falter and let go of the very ones who may want only to offer what we crave from them. Behind every step the hero takes, his hopes, denials, fears, and regrets are ready to lay their traps. Yet the dream of love casts its luminous halo. We may not know what we want. We may remain enigmas to ourselves and others. But sooner or later we discover who we've always known we were."--
Baker Berry PS3601.C525 E55 2017

Yes thorn
Munson, Amy, 1978- author
North Adams, Massachusetts : Tupelo Press, 2016
Poems that explore relationships between carnal and spiritual experience, reflecting awareness of sexuality, mortality, divinity, and joy.--
Baker Berry PS3613.U6928 A6 2016

Laked, fielded, blanked
Copeland, Brooklyn, author
Portland [Oregon] : Alice Blue Books, 2011
Sherman Special PS3603.O6425 A6 2011

Perfect little world : a novel
Wilson, Kevin, 1978- author
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher's baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she's left searching. Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a "perfect little world"--to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are. He calls it the Infinite Family Project and he wants Izzy and her son to join. This attempt at a utopian ideal starts off promising, but soon the gentle equilibrium among the families disintegrates: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project's funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy's growing feelings for Dr. Grind make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place. Written with the same compassion and charm that won over legions of readers with The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson shows us with grace and humor that the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.--Page [4] of dust jacket.
Baker Berry PS3623.I58546 P47 2017

Difficult women
Gay, Roxane, author
New York : Grove Press, 2017
"Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July"--
Baker Berry PS3607.A98572 A6 2017

After the blue hour : a true fiction
Rechy, John, author
New York : Grove Press, 2017
Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, twenty-four-year-old writer John Rechy accepts an invitation to a private island from an admirer of his work. There, he joins Paul, his imposing host in his late thirties, his beautiful mistress, and his precocious teenage son. Browsing Paul's library and conversing together on the deck about literature and film during the spell of evening's "blue hour," John feels surcease, until, with unabashed candor, Paul shares intimate details of his life. Through cunning seductive charm, he married and divorced an ambassador's daughter and the heiress to a vast fortune. Avoiding identifying his son's mother, he reveals an affinity for erotic "dangerous games." With intimations of past decadence and menace, an abandoned island nearby arouses tense fascination over the group. As "games" veer toward violence, secrets surface in startling twists and turns. Explosive confrontation becomes inevitable.
Baker Berry PS3568.E28 A73 2017

Blake; or, The huts of America : a corrected edition
Delany, Martin Robison, 1812-1885, author
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
Martin R. Delany's Blake (c. 1860) tells the story of Henry Blake's escape from a southern plantation and his travels in the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Cuba on a mission to unite blacks of the Atlantic region in the struggle for freedom. Jerome McGann's edition offers the first correct printing of the work and an authoritative introduction.--
Baker Berry PS1534.D134 B57 2017

Pico, Tommy, author
Raleigh : Birds, LLC, [2016]
Composed as a long text message, this poem asks what happens to a modern, queer indigenous person a few generations after his ancestors were alienated from their language, their religion, and their history.
Baker Berry PS3616.I26 I75 2016

Hunter S. Thompson : fear, loathing, and the birth of Gonzo
McEneaney, Kevin T., author
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
Louisville slugger: from delinquent to celebrity -- Play it again, Hunter: The rum diary -- Oddball journalism, underclass culture: Hell's Angels -- Who's depraved?: champagne powder, sloppy track -- Loathing at the temple: Las Vegas, part I -- Fear in the nation: Las Vegas, part II -- Mythic enigma: The curse of Lono -- Literary addenda: further fictions -- Shot out of a cannon: final assessment.
Baker Berry PS3570.H62 Z75 2016

Personal science
Bertram, Lillian-Yvonne, 1983- author
North Adams, Massachusetts : Tupelo Press, [2017]
Personal Science investigates what happens when the imagined life and the stories we tell ourselves become terrifying. Yielding to no strict genre boundaries, Bertram's poems reveal in new ways our human ability to inhabit both mental and physical worlds.--
Baker Berry PS3602.E7685 A6 2017

The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family
Shroder, Tom, author
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
"A veteran of the Washington Post and Miami Herald among others, Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from interviewing South American children who claim to have memories of past lives for his book Old Souls, to a former Marine suffering from debilitating PTSD and his doctor who is pioneering a successful psychedelic drug treatment in Acid Test. Shroder's most fascinating reporting, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel of the Civil War. As a child, Shroder was in awe of the larger-than-life character. Kantor's friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to John D. McDonald, and is credited with discovering the singer Burl Ives. He wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay's memoirs, penning the infamous words "we're going to bomb them back to the Stone Age" regarding North Vietnam. Kantor also suffered from alcoholism, an outsized ego, and an overbearing, abusive, and publically embarrassing personality where his family was concerned; he blew through a small fortune in his lifetime, dying nearly destitute and alone. In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past--Kantor's upbringing, his early life, and career trajectory--and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone"--
Baker Berry PS3521.A47 Z84 2016

Gautreaux, Tim, author
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
"A widely celebrated novelist gives us a generous collection of exhilarating short stories, proving that he is a master of this genre as well. Once again, "he reminds us," wrote The Miami Herald, "that great writing is a timeless art." After the stunning historical novels The Clearing and The Missing, Tim Gautreaux now ranges freely through contemporary life with twelve new stories and eight from previous collections. Most are set in his beloved Louisiana, many hard by or on the Mississippi River, others in North Carolina and even in midwinter Minnesota. But generally it's heat, humidity, and bugs that beset his people as they wrestle with affairs of the heart, matters of faith, and the pros and cons of tight-knit communities--a remarkable cast of characters, primarily of the working class, proud and knowledgeable about the natural or mechanical world, their lives marked by a prized stereo or a magical sewing machine retrieved from a locked safe, boats and card games and casinos, grandparents and grandchildren and those in between, their experiences leading them to the ridiculous or the scarifying or the sublime; most of them striving for what's right and good, others tearing off in the opposite direction."
Baker Berry PS3557.A954 A6 2017

Kathy Acker : writing the impossible
Colby, Georgina, author
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
Writing asystematically : early experimental writings 1970-1979 -- Collage and the anxiety of self-description ; Blood and Guts in high school -- Writing-through : Don Quixote ; which was a dream -- Intertextuality and constructive non-identity : in Memoriam to Identity -- Montage and creative cutting : my mother -- Ekphrasis, abstraction, and myth : 'from psyche's journal', Eurydice in the underworld, 'Requiem'.
Baker Berry PS3551.C44 Z558 2016

The Routledge anthology of U.S. drama, 1898-1949
edited by Joshua E. Polster
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Baker Berry PS634 .P63 2017

Over for Rockwell
Okehi, Uzodinma, author
Ann Arbor, MI : Short Flight/Long Drive Books, [2015]
Baker Berry PS3615.K54 O84 2015

Into each room we enter without knowing
Shanahan, Charif, 1983- author
Carbondale : Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press, [2017]
"In Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, poet Charif Shanahan explores the various ways in which we as a species inherit identity constructs, chiefly about race and sexuality, and how we navigate those constructs in the creation of our identities"--
Baker Berry PS3619.H35442 A6 2017

The scattering
Kubuitsile, Lauri, author
Cape Town : Penguin Random House South Africa (Pty) Ltd, 2016
"South-West Africa, 1904: When German colonial authorities issue an extermination order, the Herero are forced to flee ... Tjipuka, a young Herero mother, escapes the massacre with her baby, but is captured and put to work in the death camps in Lüderitz. ... The Transvaal, 1899: ... [Riette] is forced into marriage with an older neighbour. When he is taken captive and their farm is set ablaze during the Second Anglo-Boer War, she and his daughters must face the horrors of the British concentration camps. Against the background of southern Africa's colonial wars at the dawn of the twentieth century, The Scattering traces the fates of two remarkable women whose paths cross after each has suffered the devastation and dislocation of war."--Back cover.
Baker Berry PS3611.U29 S33 2016

Dimensions of Madeleine L'Engle : new critical approaches
edited by Suzanne Bray
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
"This collection of new essays give overdue critical attention to L'Engle's complete body of work, from her familiar young adult fiction to her religious writings, poems and short stories"--
Baker Berry PS3523.E55 Z64 2017

Sirens : a memoir
Mohr, Joshua, author
Columbus, OH : Two Dollar Radio, [2017]
"With vulnerability, grit, and hard-won humor, acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr returns with his first book of non-fiction. A raw and big-hearted chronicle of substance abuse, relapse, and family compassion." --
Baker Berry PS3613.O379 Z46 2017

Boyer, Sarah, author
Buffalo, NY : Sunnyoutside , [2016]
Baker Berry PS3602.O9378 H69 2016

Soraya : sonnets
Shivani, Anis, author
Boston, MA : Black Widow Press, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3619.H594 A6 2016

Ernest Hemingway : the last interview and other conversations
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961, author
London : Melville House, [2015]
Ernest Hemingway, the art of fiction, no 21 / interview by George Plimpton, the Paris review May 1954 -- Hemingway in Cuba / interview by Robert Manning, the Atlantic monthly December 1954 -- Dropping in on Hemingway / interview by Lloyd Lockhart, the Star weekly magazine April 1958 -- Life in the afternoon: the last interview / interview by Robert Emmett Ginna, Esquire May 1958.

"One of the twentieth century's most seminal literary icons reveals himself as never before in this wide-ranging collection of conversations from throughout his career, including his last"--Page 4 of cover.
Baker Berry PS3515.E37 Z465 2015

Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017
Author Traci Calloway Cole is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-- in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. She wants to be exactly like her. Traci knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration. Until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone. And that Simone has secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect ...
Baker Berry PS3568.O3189 C67 2017

Sleeping mask : fictions
LaSalle, Peter, author
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2017
Sleeping mask -- Boys: a new African fable -- E.A.P.: a note -- A day in the life of the illness -- The flight -- Lunch across the bridge -- The absent painter -- Southern majestic zone -- A short manual of mirrors -- Found fragment from the report on the cadaver dogs of northern Maine, 1962 -- What can't not happen -- A late afternoon swim.

The twelve stories of Sleeping Mask, written in propulsive, fluid prose, introduce readers to remarkable characters. They include a child soldier sent to raid a girls' boarding school, a Virginia Woolf scholar surviving cancer, a desperate writer living under fascism in a futuristic Latin America, the spirits of recently deceased college students on a tour of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and a middle-aged man transported back to his childhood, where he is led out to sea by his mother's ghost. --
Baker Berry PS3562.A75246 S54 2017

Summer of the big bachi
Hirahara, Naomi, 1962-
New York : Dell Book, 2008
In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi—the spirit of retribution—is knocking on his door.
On Reserve at Kresge PS3608.I76 S86 2008

David Foster Wallace : fiction and form
Hering, David, author
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2016
Introduction -- Vocality: "A flickering hand, dead and cold": reading Wallace's ghosts -- Spatiality: "In the middle of the middle of nowhere": regionalism and institutions -- Visuality: "Seeing by mirror-light": Wallace on reflection -- Finality: "Not even close to complete": the many forms of The pale king.

"A fresh reassessment of David Foster Wallace's entire fictional career and writing process"--
Baker Berry PS3573.A425635 Z695 2016

This life, this world : new essays on Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Gilead and Home
edited by Jason W. Stevens
Boston : Brill, [2016]
This volume explores the author's award-winning novels while also engaging her non-fiction. As the first book devoted entirely to Robinson and to her diverse contributions to literature and scholarship. This Life, This World familiarizes readers with the major currents in her thought and moves scholarly dialogue into new theoretical directions. An interdisciplinary group, the contributors bring to their subject a diversity of perspectives - Romanticism, ecocriticism, medicine and literature, religion and literature, theology, American Studies, critical race theory, and feminist and gender studies - that reflects the amplitude and fecundity of Robinson's art and thought. The book beings with an annotated timeline and concludes with a substantive written interview with Robinson wherein she reflects on her work and its reception. A tremendous resource for Robinson enthusiasts and for readers interested in the questions she raises in her fiction and non-fiction. -- from back cover.
Baker Berry PS3568.O3125 Z88 2016

Across the divide
Sundquist, Bernita Woodruff, author
Simsbury, Connecticut : Antrim House, 2016
Baker Berry PS3619.U5638 A6 2016

William Hickling Prescott : the life and letters of America's first scientific historian
Koch, Peter O., 1953- author
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
Puritan pedigree -- Worldly views -- Scholarly pursuits -- Their Catholic majesties -- Exceeding all expectations -- Continuing with the Spanish theme -- A sudden interest in Mexico -- The Conquest of Peru -- Philip the Second -- Charles the Fifth -- The final chapter.

"William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859) was one of those rare historians who effectively melded history and literature in an elegant, compelling writing style that appealed to the casual reader, while still meeting the strict criteria of the scholar. Prescott was the first American historian to achieve international recognition with his History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella"--
Baker Berry PS2657 .K63 2016

Adapting the beat poets : Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac on screen
Prince, Michael J., 1958- author
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
The subterraneans, or Arthur Freed's Beatnik musical -- Textural and lexical fidelities in the short film adaptations of William S. Burroughs: Towers open fire, The discipline of D.E., and The junky's Christmas -- David Cronenberg's Naked lunch: filming about writing -- Mrs. & Mr. Cassady: Heart beat (1980) and The last time I committed suicide -- The many registers of Allen Ginsberg's Howl -- Jack Kerouac in the contemporary cultural stream: Walter Salles and José Rivera's On the road (2012) and Michael Polish's Big Sur.
Baker Berry PS228.B6 P75 2016

Teaching the literatures of the American Civil War
edited by Colleen Glenney Boggs
New York : The Modern Language Association of America, 2016
Introduction / Colleen Glenney Boggs -- Part I: Teaching Civil War literature in historical context. Contradictions and ambivalence: Emerson, Hawthorne and the antebellum origins of Civil War literature / Larry J. Reynolds -- Complicating the relation between literature and history: Slave participation in fact and fiction / Tess Chakkalakal -- Truth and consequences: helping students contextualize the literary aftermath of the American Civil War / Coleman Hutchison -- Teaching Civil War literature to international students: A case study from South Korea / Wiebke Omnus Klumpenhower -- Team-teaching the Civil War at historical sites / Darren T. Williamson, Shawn Jones, and William Steele -- Part II: Teaching various genres. Constituting communities: reading the Civil War in poetry and song / Faith Barrett -- Reading on the (home) front: teaching soldiers' dime novels / Allison E. Carey -- Letters, memoranda, and official documents: teaching nonfiction prose / Christopher Hager -- Approaches to life writing: Confederate women's diaries and the construction of ethnic identity / Dana McMichael -- Teaching Civil War speech; or, Abraham Lincoln's texts in context / Alex W. Black -- Part III: Teaching specific topics. The civil war and literary realism / Ian Finseth -- War landscapes / Michael Ziser -- Brotherhood in Civil War-era America / Matthew R. Davis -- Poetic representations of African American soldiers / Catherine E. Saunders -- Women's roles in antislavery and Civil War literature / Jessica Despain -- "Treasonable sympathies": affect and allegiance in the war / Elizabeth Duquette -- Part IV: Teaching materials. Teaching through primary source documents / Julia Stern -- Teaching with images: synthesizing the Civil War in fact and fiction / Melissa J. Strong -- Recollecting the Civil War through nineteenth-century periodicals / Kathleen Diffley -- Teaching with contemporary anthologies / Timothy Sweet -- Teaching with historical anthologies / Jess Roberts -- Using digital archives / Susan M. Ryan -- War literature and first-year writing instruction / Rebecca Entel -- Part V: Resources. Reference guides -- General studies -- Anthologies, readers, and document collections -- Visual materials -- Recommended print editions -- Additional resources for specific authors and texts -- Autobiographies and diaries -- Dime novels -- Special topics.

"Offers pedagogical techniques for teaching the literatures of the American Civil War in the college classroom. Among the topics covered are history, slavery, literary realism, landscapes and battle sites, and the great variety of texts worth studying. Includes information on editions, reference works, biographies, and online resources. Gives syllabus suggestions for undergraduate and graduate courses."--
Baker Berry PS217.C58 T433 2016

Just above the bone : poems
Lawrence, Susannah, author
Simsbury, Connecticut : Antrim House, 2016
Baker Berry PS3612.A9487 A6 2016

Small Colours Like Wild Tongues
Crew, Caroline author
Chicago, Ill. dancing girl press & studio 2013
Baker Berry PS3603.R49 A6 2013

Death watch : a view from the tenth decade
Stern, Gerald, 1925- author
San Antonio : Trinity University Press, [2017]
"Stern looks back at his life and forward to how his story will play out. Wrestling with his identity in Judaism, he explores how his name was uprooted from its origins, as so much of his life was willfully disrupted the norms of a predictable path"--
Baker Berry PS3569.T3888 D43 2017

Mirage industry
Parker, Carolie, author
Los Angeles : What Books Press, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3616.A754 M57 2016

The truth about mangoes
McGarrah, Jim, 1948- author
Beaumont, TX : Lamar University Literary Press, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3613.C445 A6 2016

Wealth of wisdom
Hixon, Maxine Spyres, 1926-2006
Columbus, Georgia : Brentwood Christian Press, 2016
Baker Berry PS3608.I96 W43 2016

Exit west : a novel
Hamid, Mohsin, 1971- author
New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
"From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner--both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid's most ambitious and electrifying novel yet"--
Baker Berry PS3558.A42169 E95 2017

Jendrzejewski, Rachel, author
Minneapolis : Spout Press, 2016
Baker Berry PS3610.E523 E53 2016

Take to the highway : arabesques for travelers : poems and prose poems
Milligan, Bryce, 1953- author
Albuquerque, New Mexico : West End Press, 2016
I. Elevation's the new salvation -- II. Take to the highway (prose poems written at speed) -- III. All that would be.

"Take to the Highway is a book about journeys and the intricate memory map of human consciousness. Much of the book was literally written while driving across the expanse of Texas. The poems embody family history, anticipate his mother's coming death, and embody the reflections of this "poet's poet" on a life lived along many roads within an interior landscape"--
Baker Berry PS3563.I42283 A6 2016

Poke a stick at it : unexpected true stories
Cronley, Connie, author
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3603.R6646 A6 2016

Writing the 9/11 decade : reportage and the evolution of the novel
Lee-Potter, Charlie, author
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
Introduction -- Richard Ford and Ian McEwan: transactors and redeemers -- Narratives of retrogenesis and abstraction -- Paul Auster: after the past -- The long view -- The end of the decade -- Coda: in the realm of the real.

Writing the 9/11 Decade" investigates the relation of the novel to reportage, and the role of both in shaping culture, by looking at novelists' journalistic responses to 9/11. Journalist, academic and literary critic Charlie Lee-Potter argues that novelists were entrapped by the expectation that they would provide an immediate non-fiction response to the September 11 attacks. Jonathan Lethem expressed the plaintive view that 'most of the novelists in New York were asked by one magazine or another to write something, and to me it seems our voices, at that moment, blended into one vast impotent scream'. Beginning with an examination of the sometimes mawkish literary journalism that emerged in the days after the attacks, Writing the 9/11 Decade traces its evolution-in writers such as Ian McEwan, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Mohsin Hamid, and Nadeem Aslam-into new literary methods of subsuming the disaster, while attempting to stand apart from it. In assessing the novel's capacity to respond to and contain an unimagined traumatic event, "Writing the 9/11 Decade" stands as a contemporary history of the form.
Baker Berry PS374.S445 L44 2017

Poetic salvage : reading Mina Loy
Prescott, Tara, 1976- author
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2017]
Women in space and time -- Pig cupid and psyche -- Portrait of the poet as a young artist -- Loy's coterie -- Exilic travels -- Urban bricoleur.
Baker Berry PS3523.O975 L8275 2017

Three sisters
Letts, Tracy, 1965- author
[New York]: Samuel French, [2016]
The Prozorov sisters pine for Moscow. Culture and life brim in the city center, while they live among the mundane of a crumbling army garrison after their father's death. Though living with their brother Andrey, nothing keeps them back but their own misfortune, decisions, and the inertia of negativity that continues to follow this family.
Baker Berry PS3612.E887 T57 2016

Domingo, Colman, author
[New York] : Samuel French, [2016]
The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
Baker Berry PS3604.O45695 D68 2016

Going to a place where you already are
Brunstetter, Bekah, author
[New York] : Samuel French, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3602.R863 G65 2016

Blanche on the lam
Neely, Barbara
New York : Penguin Books, 1993, ©1992
Blanche is accused of a murder at the summer home where she's been working, but with the help of the "old-girl network," she investigates!
Baker Berry PS3564.E244 B57 1993

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