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John Updike's Pennsylvania interviews
edited by James Plath
Bethlehem [Pennsylvania] : Lehigh University Press ; [2016]
Introduction; "Berks county game: find yourself in JOhn updike's books": an article for the sunday bulletin magazine / Ellen sulkis -- "Updike visits school": an article for reading times / Michael l. wentzel -- "john updike reminiscences in 'olinger'": an article for reading eagle / stanley j. watkins -- "Rabbit, run author blending of parents, says eagle writer after meeting updikes" an article for reading eagle / Carole reber -- "Updike, impish poet, admits playful verse": an article for pittsburgh press / Ruth heimbuecher -- "Updike talks of his work, and film": an article for reading eagle / elizabeth greenwood -- "Buchanan's obscurity inspired updike play": An article for intelligencer journal / Charles r. shaw -- "Updike: "Final Homage" paid to his state": an article for the philadelphia inquirer / steve neal -- "Updike discusses reading": an article for reading eagle / robert f. zissa -- "Is updike up to his literary tricks?": an article for reading eagle / heather thomas -- "john updike: a small0town boy who tried to make the most of what he had": as heard on the listener / david cheshire -- "Updike at moravian college": / a public Q & A -- "'Rabbit' evolves": an article for the the commenian / sean diviniy -- "Distinguished artist: another honor is bestowed on updike": / reading times editorial.

"John Updike wrote about his home town of Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania for much of his adult life, setting most of his early fiction and all of his award-winning novels in his home state. In Native Son: John Updike's Pennsylvania Interviews James Plath has compiled the first collection of interviews that illustrates and helps to explain the bond between one of America's greatest literary talents and his beloved Pennsylvania. Includes an original introduction by James Plath."--
Baker Berry PS3571.P4 Z784 2016

Where war was : poems and translations from Eritrea
Cantalupo, Charles, 1951- author
Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania : Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers Ltd, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3603.A575 W44 2016

The orphan mother : a novel
Hicks, Robert, 1951- author
New York ; Grand Central Publishing, 2016
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock the "Widow of the South," has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But changes are sweeping through the South, the town, and for Mariah. When her grown son Theopolis decides to speak at a political rally in town, a riot breaks out and he is murdered as he approaches the podium. Mariah must confront her own difficult truths-- and the conspiracy that resulted in her son's death may determine the fate of Tennessee itself.
Baker Berry PS3608.I287 O76 2016

The Pittsburgh stories of Willa Cather
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947, author
Pittsburgh : Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2016
The professor's commencement -- Paul's case -- The namesake -- A gold slipper -- Uncle Valentine -- Double birthday.
Baker Berry PS3505.A87 A6 2016

Barbecue ; Bootycandy
O'Hara, Robert, 1970- author
New York, NY : Theatre Communications Group, Inc., 2016
Barbecue -- Bootycandy.

""Searing and sensationally funny... As raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative."--The New York Times "Funny, smutty and enticingly subversive. A toxically satiric portrait of American life."--Washington Post "When I told my mother that a theater was putting on my play Bootycandy, her response was, 'What?! Bootycandy? These white folks are going to let you put on a play called Bootycandy?!? Are they crazy???' And my response was, 'Yes. Yes indeed.'"--Robert O'Hara Sutter is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. The journey uncovers characters who are at once fascinating, zany, controversial, and even a bit smutty, painting a portrait of life as a societal outlier. Based on the author's personal experience, Bootycandy is a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black. This subversive, uproarious satire crashes headlong into the murky terrain of pain and pleasure and. BOOTYCANDY! Robert O'Hara is a playwright and director. His play Antebellum received a world premiere production from Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and earned him a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. He reworked The Wiz for its revival at La Jolla Playhouse. He wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History (Public Theater, Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play). As a director, he has won an Obie Award and an NAACP Best Director Award and has worked at acclaimed theaters throughout the United States"--
Baker Berry PS3565.H296 A6 2016

Later essays
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004, author
New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2017]
An unprecedented collection of the controversial later writings of the greatest and most provocative critic of our time. Susan Sontag was the most influential critic of her time. This second volume in Library of America's definitive Sontag edition gathers all the collected essays and speeches from her last quarter-century, brilliant works whose subjects, from the AIDS epidemic, 9/11, the Iraq war, and the perverse allure of Fascism to painting, dance, music, film, and scintillating literary portraits of such writers as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Antonin Artaud, Machado de Assis, Jorge Luis Borges, Nadine Gordimer, Joseph Brodsky, W. G. Sebald, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Robert Walser, bear enduring witness to passionate curiosity and expansive intellect. She brings to every subject an unwavering focus and intensity, and a deep commitment to extending our sense of what a human life can be, as she said on accepting the Jerusalem Prize in 2000. An account of her 1993 residence in war-torn Sarajevo to stage a production of Waiting for Godot becomes a meditation on the meaning of culture: Culture, serious culture, is an expression of human dignity-which is what people in Sarajevo feel they have lost. AIDS and Its Metaphors marks a further development of the central ideas of her classic Illness as Metaphor, while Regarding the Pain of Others explores eloquently the troubling moral issues surrounding photographic depictions of violence, cruelty, and atrocity.
Baker Berry PS3569.O6547 A6 2017

The terranauts
Boyle, T. Coraghessan, author
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Sealed inside a glass enclosure designed as a prototype for a possible off-Earth colony, eight Terranauts in the 1990s Arizona desert test their skills in five biome environments that they must protect from skeptics who would sabotage the mission.
Baker Berry PS3552.O932 T47 2016

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
[London?] : [Grolier Society of London], [between 1900 and 1950?]
Rauner Rare Book PS2263 .A1 1900z

Whisper to a bride
Sigourney, L. H. 1791-1865
Hartford : H.S. Parsons & Co., 1850
Rauner Rare Book PS2832 .W48 1850

Always happy hour : stories
Miller, Mary, 1977- author
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
"Acerbic and ruefully funny, Always Happy Hour weaves tales of young women, deeply flawed and intensely real, who struggle to get out of their own way. They love to drink and have sex; they make bad decisions with men who either love them too much or too little; and they haunt a Southern terrain of gas stations, public pools, and dive bars. Though each character shoulders the weight of her own baggage, whether it's a string of horrible exes, a boyfriend with an annoying child, or an inability to be genuinely happy for a best friend; they are united in their unrelenting suspicion that they deserve better. These women seek understanding in the most unlikely places: a dilapidated foster home where love is a liability in "Big Bad Love," a trailer park littered with a string of bad decisions in "Uphill," and the unfamiliar corners of a dream home purchased with the winnings of a bitter divorce settlement in "Charts." Taking a microscope to delicate patterns of love and intimacy, Miller evokes the reticent love among the misunderstood, the gritty comfort in bad habits that can't be broken, and the beat-by-beat minutiae of fated relationships."
Baker Berry PS3613.I5446 A6 2017

Earthworks : selected poems
Warren, Rosanna, author
Philadelphia : American Philosophical Society Press, 2016
ONE: From each leaf shines separat (1984) -- Funerary portraits -- Alps -- History as decoration -- To Max Jacob -- Max Jacob at Saint Benolt -- Renoir -- "Ill mi par" -- Catullus XI

"In this inspiring volume, Rosanna Warren chronologically arranges poems selected from her four published collections of poetry. She places the poetry 'under the protection of two poetry saints: William Blake and Hart Crane, ' and convincingly reminds us that 'poems have work to do: to bear witness, to cry out, to lament, to praise. They should be psalms for their time'"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry PS3573.A7793 A6 2016

Sinclair Lewis and American democracy
Michels, Steven, author
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2017]
Introduction : how America reads Lewis -- Freedom and the problem of purpose -- How to succeed at business -- Political ambition and power -- The use and abuse of religion -- Loe, family, and friendship -- The equality of women -- The city, the country, and in between -- Nationalism and racism -- The view from Abroad.

"Sinclair Lewis was one of the most astute observers of American social and political life. Sinclair Lewis and American Democracy is a highly readable analysis of his novels. The book examines each of Lewis's novels on key themes in the history of political thought and democracy including freedom and purpose, success and materialism, and nationalism and race. Lewis is revealed to be an unapologetic individualist and a fierce humanitarian"--The publisher.
Baker Berry PS3523.E94 Z65 2017

The boatman : Henry David Thoreau's river years
Thorson, Robert M., 1951- author
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
Introduction -- Moccasin print -- Colonial village -- American canal -- Transition -- Port Concord -- Wild waters -- River sojourns -- Consultant -- Mapmaker -- Genius -- Saving the meadows -- Reversal of fortune -- Conclusion.

The Boatman gives readers a Thoreau for the Anthropocene epoch. As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself--a land surveyor by trade--was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients. Robert Thorson tells a compelling story of intellectual growth, as Thoreau moved from anger, to lament, to acceptance of the way humans had changed the river he cherished more than Walden Pond. In his twenties, Thoreau had contemplated industrial sabotage against a downstream factory dam. By the mid-1850s he realized that humans and an "imperfect" nature were inseparable. His beliefs and scientific understanding of the river would be challenged again when he was hired in 1859 as a technical consultant for the River Meadow Association, in America's first statewide case for dam removal--a veritable class-action suit of more than five hundred petitioners that pitted local farmers against industrialists. Thorson offers the most complete account to date of this "flowage controversy," including Thoreau's behind-the-scenes investigations and the political corruption that eventually carried the day. In the years after the publication of Walden (1854), the river boatman's joy in the natural world was undiminished by the prospect of environmental change. Increasingly, he sought out for solace and pleasure those river sites most dramatically altered by human invention and intervention--for better and worse.--
Baker Berry PS3057.N3 T486 2017

This is my beloved
Benton, Walter, 1907-
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1952, ©1943
Rauner Rare Book PS3503.E588 T5 1952

Human being songs : northern stories
Anderson, Jean, 1940- author
Fairbanks, Alaska : University of Alaska Press, [2017]
Profligate -- Counting: a tale of enumeration -- Snobs -- Thaw -- The immediate jewel -- Blizzard -- Smallpox -- Air -- Power play -- Cats and dogs -- Contagion -- Human being songs.
Baker Berry PS3551.N368 A6 2017

The best minds of my generation : a literary history of the Beats
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997, author
New York : Grove Press, 2017
Foreword / by Anne Waldman -- Editor's preface -- A definition of the Beat Generation / by Allen Ginsberg -- 1. Course overview -- 2. Kerouac's "Origins of the Beat Generation" -- 3. Reading list -- 4. Visions -- 5. Jazz, bebop, and music -- 6. Music, Kerouac, Wyse, and Newman -- 7. Times Square and the 1940s -- 8. Carr, Ginsberg, and Kerouac at Columbia -- 9. Kerouac, Columbia, and Vanity of Duluoz -- 10. Lucian Carr's influence on Kerouac -- 11. Kerouac and Vanity of Duluoz, part 2 -- 12. Meeting Burroughs and Ginsberg's suspension from Columbia -- 13. Kerouac and The Town and the City -- 14. Kerouac and Visions of Cody, part 1 -- 15. Kerouac, Cassady, and Visions of Cody, part 2 -- 16. Kerouac in old age -- 17. Burroughs's first writings and "Twilight's Last Gleamings" -- 18. Burroughs, Kerouac, and And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks -- 19. Burroughs, Joan Burroughs, and Junkie -- 20. Burroughs and Korzybski -- 21. Burroughs and the visual -- 22. Burroughs and The Yage Letters -- 23. Burroughs and Queer -- 24. Burroughs and Naked Lunch -- 25. Burroughs and the cut-up method -- 26. Burroughs and The Ticket That Exploded -- 27. Neal Cassady and As Ever -- 28. Kerouac and the "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" -- 29. Kerouac and On the Road -- 30. Kerouac and The Subterraneans -- 31. Jack Kerouac and fame -- 32. Kerouac, sketching, and method -- 33. Corso and The Vestal Lady on Brattle -- 34. Corso and Gasoline and Other Poems -- 35. Corso and The Birthday of Death -- 36. Corso and "Bomb" -- 37. Corso and "Power" -- 38. Corso and Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit -- 39. Ginsberg's early writings -- 40. Ginsberg and William Carlos Williams -- 41. Ginsberg and the "The Green Automobile" -- 42. Ginsberg and "Howl" -- 43. Ginsberg, "Howl," and Christopher Smart -- 44. Ginsberg and Cézanne -- 45. Ginsberg and the San Francisco renaissance -- 46. John Clellon Holmes -- 47. Peter Orlovsky -- 48. Carl Solomon -- 49. Kerouac's "Belief and Technique For Modern Prose" -- Works cited within the text -- Allen Ginsberg's reading list for "A Literary History of the Beat Generation".

"In the summer of 1977, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. This was twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem "Howl," and Jack Kerouac's seminal book On the Road. Through the creation of this course, which he ended up teaching five times, first at the Naropa Institute and later at Brooklyn College, Ginsberg saw an opportunity to make a record of the history of Beat Literature. Compiled and edited by renowned Beat scholar Bill Morgan, and with an introduction by Anne Waldman, The Best Minds of My Generation presents the lectures in edited form, complete with notes, and paints a portrait of the Beats as Ginsberg knew them: friends, confidantes, literary mentors, and fellow revolutionaries. Ginsberg was seminal to the creation of a public perception of Beat writers and knew all of the major figures personally, making him uniquely qualified to be the historian of the movement. In The Best Minds of My Generation, Ginsberg shares anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs, and other writers for the first time, explains his own poetics, elucidates the importance of music to Beat writing, discusses visual influences and the cut-up method, and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. For academics and Beat neophytes alike, The Best Minds of My Generation is a personal and yet critical look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century"--
Baker Berry PS228.B6 G56 2017

Clotelle, or, The colored heroine : a tale of the Southern States
Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884, author
Boston : Lee & Shepard, 1867
Rauner Rare Book PS1139.B9 C5 1867

Lindsay-Abaire, David, author
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2017
Baker Berry PS3562.I511925 R57 2017

Collective identity and cultural resistance in contemporary Chicana/o autobiography
Velasco, Juan, 1961- author
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Preface -- Introduction: Beyond the Hunger of Memories -- Automitografia -- Crossings -- Culture As Resistance -- Making Familia From Scratch -- The New Mestizas -- Canicular Consciousness -- Bibliography.

The first book length study of this genre, Collective Identity and Cultural Resistance in Contemporary Chicana/o Autobiography facilitates new understandings of how people and cultures are displaced and reinvent themselves. Through the examination of visual arts and literature, Juan Velasco analyzes the space for self-expression that gave way to a new paradigm in contemporary Chicana/o autobiography. By bringing together self-representation with complex theoretical work around culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sex, and nationality, this work is at the crossroads of intersectional analysis and engages with scholarship on the creation of cross-border communities, the liberatory dimensions of cultural survival, and the reclaiming of new art fashioned against the mechanisms of violence that Mexican-Americans have endured.
Baker Berry PS366.M49 V45 2016

Haylow : a novel
Stewart, Gray, author
[Livingston, AL] : Livingston Press at The Univeristy of West Alabama, [2016]
Baker Berry PS3619.T4942 H39 2016

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