Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Add It to the List! 2

One of my favorite things to do while procrastinating on homework is browse through books online. Generally, this results in a large number of books being added to my already-enormous wishlist on GoodReads (2812 and counting). Since such procrastination reduces my reading time left after finally finishing homework, I might as well use it to come up with other blog content.

Apparently, planning my course schedule for next semester with its depressing lack of the irregularly-taught Southeastern anthropology classes has made me crave books on Southeastern history and culture.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 23: Folk Art ed. by Carol Crown and Cheryl Rivers (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 6/3/13)

Becoming Melungeon: Making an Ethnic Identity in the Appalachian South by Melissa Schrift (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 5/1/13)
I haven't read much about the Melungeons, though my mom has at least one book on this interesting (and rather unknown) group.

The Blind Man and the Loon: The Story of a Tale by Craig Mishler (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 5/1/13)
I think it's fascinating to be able to trace the cultural and literary history of a folktale.

Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America by Susan Reynolds (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1/18/13)
I've read two of Earle's fantastic books on early domestic America, though they focus primarily on the North.

Southern Heritage on Display: Public Ritual and Ethnic Diversity Within Southern Regionalism ed. by Celeste Ray (Univ. of Alabama Press, 2003)

Selling Tradition: Appalachia and the Construction of an American Folk, 1930-1940 by Jane S. Becker (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1998)
Since I am, you know, considering going to grad school in folklore (after I finish 3.5 more years of college, lol) and love the Appalachians.

Southern History Across the Color Line by Nell Irvin Painter (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1992)
I love history books with challenging approaches, and I'm currently enjoying Painter's biography of Sojourner Truth.

Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South by Victoria E. Bynum (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1992)
Sometimes, the most boring titles sound exciting to me. Also, this focuses mostly on the central region of my home state of NC. :)

Doing Literary Business: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century by Susan Coultrap-McQuin (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1990)

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday, 8/13/13)
anthropological novel with a hint of speculative fiction

The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova (Scribner, 7/13/13)
genre-bending literary historical fiction, set in 18th-century Russia

The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan (William Morrow, 7/8/13)
sci-fi romance about a man who awakes in the modern day after being frozen for a century

The End of the Dream by Philip Wylie (1972; reissue Univ. of Nebraska Press, 7/1/13)
Apocalypse brought about by human pollution. :)

After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue (L2, 2/14/13)

The Threads of the Heart by Carole Martinez (Europa Editions, 12/31/12)
sounds like it might have some magical realism

The Gest of Robyn Hood ed. by Robert B. Waltz (Loomis House Press, Nov. 2012)
I guess it makes sense that there is an earliest-known written version of the legend...

I, Nemo by J. Dharma Windham and Deanna Windham (self-published, May 2012)
It's rare that self-published books make their way onto my wishlist, but who can pass up a steampunk prequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

Wide Awake by David Levithan (Knopf, 2006)
Set in the near future, but exploring contemporary religious and LGBTQ issues.

The Troll Bridge (2006) and Pay the Piper (2005) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
urban fantasy retellings of classic tales

The Hidden Force by Louis Couperus (1900; various republications)
Dutch East Indies colonial novel

What's made it onto your wishlist lately?

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