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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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