51 books
  • Fun Home

    Alison Bechdel

    The graphic novel memoir seems such an ideal form, especially as demonstrated in this “family tragicomic” where Bechdel uses snippets of journals and letters to flesh out the story of her relationship with her father, who is suspiciously killed by a truck four months after she comes out to her parents via a letter while she is away at...more

  • Geography of Home : writings on where we live

    Akiko Busch

    This collection of personal essays dissects the house as home, meandering from room to room while simultaneously shifting between Busch’s personal experiences and more general ideas gleaned from history and literature. She doesn’t really succeed in placing her experiences into a comprehensive context, yet the book isn’t...more

  • Fatal Distraction

    Sonja Ahlers

    I loved Sonja’s first book Temper, Temper, though I never tried reading it straight through. I did so with this one, and it was most rewarding. While...more

  • The Three Incestuous Sisters

    Audrey Niffenegger

    From the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, she calls this a “visual novel” and/or “a silent film made from Japanese prints.” The story is of three sisters torn apart when two fall for the same dude, told in aquatints and spare text. Some of my favorite pages are those that don...more

  • Mariette in Ecstasy

    Ron Hansen

    Elissa told me she’s bought several copies of this book, as she did once again while in town last week, leaving it with me to read when she left. An appropriate choice for Easter weekend, it follows the story of Mariette, a young postulant of the Sisters of the Crucifixion in the early 1900s. Shortly after arriving at the priory,...more

  • The Future of Nostalgia

    Svetlana Boym

    I loved the concept of this book but eventually had to accept that it was a bit more academic than I wanted it to be. But that enabled me to just skip to the parts I wanted to read instead of feeling like I had to read every word. That may sound like a lackluster recommendation, but I’m sure to return to this book and skim again....more

  • Before the War: poems as they happened

    Lawson Fusao Inada

    We are all the loves we ever lost.

    I can’t for the life of me remember how this wound up on my hold list at the library, but there must have been some reason. The poems in this book span ten years, themes of jazz, WWII internment camps, and banalities set in several distinct...more

  • Lighthousekeeping

    Jeanette Winterson

    I used to read books so quickly, it was disturbing to some friends of mine. But these days I plod through books and leave them half-read all the time. It was especially sad to open this book and feel some excitement because the type is so big. Yes! A quick read. Maybe I should just embrace it and dedicate myself to YA...more

  • Book One

    Chip Kidd

    One of the great advantages to designing book covers is that you don’t ever have to have an idea, much less a thought, ever, in your head. That is the author’s job. Through a manuscript, he or she will give you all the ideas and thoughts that you could possibly need to design a jacket.

    If you...more

  • Stranger Things Happen

    Kelly Link

    Once again, unable to finish a book before its due date back at the library. Part of it might have been that I liked some of these stories a whole lot better than others. The pseudo-modern-fairy-tale/mythology-retellings weren’t heavy on the clever for me. But I did enjoy the creepier stories, like the librarian in love with a lady...more