Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The weary blues

By Hughes, Langston

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.52 HUG

"Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening "Proem" (prologue poem)--"I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black like the depths of my Africa"--Hughes spoke directly, intimately, and powerfully of the experiences of African Americans at a time when their voices were newly being heard in our literature. As the legendary Carl Van Vechten wrote in a brief introduction to the original 1926 edition, "His cabaret songs throb with the true jazz rhythm; his sea-pieces ache with a calm, melancholy lyricism; he cries bitterly from the heart of his race. Always, however, his stanzas are subjective, personal," and, he concludes, they are the expression of "an essentially sensitive and subtly illusive nature." That illusive nature darts among these early lines and begins to reveal itself, with precocious confidence and clarity. In a new introduction to the work, the poet and editor Kevin Young suggests that Hughes from this very first moment is "celebrating, critiquing, and completing the American dream," and that he manages to take Walt Whitman's American "I" and write himself into it. We find here not only such classics as "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and the great twentieth-century anthem that begins "I, too, sing America," but also the poet's shorter lyrics and fancies, which dream just as deeply. "Bring me all of your / Heart melodies," the young Hughes offers, "That I may wrap them / In a blue cloud-cloth / Away from the too-rough fingers / Of the world.""--

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Daughter of earth

By Smedley, Agnes

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813.52 SME

"A tale of American disinheritance told from the inside out," declared the Village Voice of this autobiographical novel. Written in 1929 by a dedicated social activist, it chronicles a woman's escape from grinding rural poverty into a predominantly male world of politics and revolution. "My aim in life was to study, not to follow a man around," asserts Marie Rogers, who struggles to establish her identity as an individual and as "a daughter of the earth," in restless pursuit of equality and justice. Marie's hardscrabble childhood and her involvement with freedom fighters of India and China reflect the author's own experiences. Agnes Smedley (1892&;1950) drew upon her own search for spiritual consciousness in this powerful exploration of race, class, and sex in early twentieth-century America. Smedley's novel fell into obscurity after her death, only to reemerge decades later as a remarkable tale of a working-class woman's heroic transformation into an agent for social change. - (Dover Pubns)

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A childhood, the biography of a place

By Crews, Harry

Publishing Date: 1995

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813.54 CRE

Harry Crew recounts his childhood, focusing on the people, places, and circumstances that shaped him into the author he is today.

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The best American essays 2001

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 800

Call Number: 814.008 2001

A collection of twenty-six essays by American authors, chosen by guest editor Kathleen Norris as the best to be published in 2000, including selections by Stephen King, Diane Ackerman, and Reynolds Price.

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The best American essays 2010

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 800

Call Number: 814.008 2010

Compiles the best literary essays of the year 2009 which were originally published in American periodicals.

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The best American essays 2013

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 800

Call Number: 814.008 2013

Compiles the best literary essays of the year 2012 which were originally published in American periodicals.

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John Ruskin: selected writings

By Ruskin, John

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 800

Call Number: 828.809 RUS

John Ruskin was the most powerful and influential art critic and social commentator of the Victorian nineteenth century. A true polymath, he wrote about nature, art, architecture, politics, history, myth and much more. All of his work is characterized by a clarity of vision as unsettling and intense now as it was for his first readers. This new selection includes wide-ranging extracts of Ruskin's texts, from the early 1840s to the late 1880s, as well as representative material from each of his major works. Modern Painters, The Stones of Venice, and Sesame and Lilies are juxtaposed with less familiar writing on science and myth. An authoritative introduction outlines Ruskin's life and thought, making it clear why his writing is still relevant today. This new edition also includes a selection of Ruskin's own illustrations. - (Oxford University Press)

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An enemy of the people

By Ibsen, Henrik

Publishing Date: 1999

Classification: 800

Call Number: 839.8226 IBS

In Riverton, Maine, circa 1893, Dr. Thomas Stockman wants to disclose that the town's money-making health spa, Clearwater Springs, has been fouled by pollution from a tannery but his proposal to go public is opposed by his brother Pete, the town's mayor, who prompts a wave of public outrage against Dr. Stockman and his family.

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