Monday, December 1, 2008

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! AND MORE BOOKS! Monthly Book Roundup: Monday, December 1st, 2008

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrisson
Toni Morrisson’s first book The Bluest Eye begins in the language of the beginner picture book “Here is the house. It is green and white. It has a red door. It is very pretty. Mother, Father, Dick and Jane live in the green and white house. They are very happy..”
But then asks the question that is age old, is anyone really happy by breaking down this immortal, familiar and comforting picture book vision and changes it into being unsettling and almost frighteningly forbidding by printing the text of this imaginary picture book in a clump.It then in its various chapters shows how a tragedy, a father raping his child, can be hidden in this picture book. It shows the longing hidden in this story.
The book tells the story of the girl who was raped by her father, Pecola Breedlove, an eleven year old black girl, who only wants blue eyes. It is a wonderful book and is highly recommended.

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckly
A hugely fun and funny read from the first page to the last

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guarra
I have still not finished all the volumes but always enjoy the ones I have with the great artwork and writing of Pia Guarra and Brian K. Vaughn.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfieild
I bought this book after the review in The New York Times made me want to read it out of shear curiosity. Little did I know I had bought one of the most enjoyable reads of the year. I read all six hundred pages in around two weeks and enjoyed all of them. I never in a million years would have thought a book about Laura Bush could be so interesting! Even without the added attraction of George Bush as a character (he doesn't appear for a good hundred pages), Sittenfieild's writing shines and fascinates. Highly recommended.

I Live Here by Mia Kirshner and others
This anthology interested me just based on its great cover design but the insides with fascinating insight into the impoverished countries of the world is great as well.

What It Is by Lynda Barry
A very well and interestingly illustrated book (a lot of it was drawn on legal paper) with a lot of interesting and worthwhile ideas.

Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
Another great read that I picked up just out of curiosity based on its cover, I finished this one in two days and found it a hugely entertaining and fun read.

Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi
A powerful and intense book with beutiful illustrations, this is Satrapi's best book yet.

Hero-Type by Barry Lyga
At this point, I will buy any book Barry Lyga releases and with good reason. Each of them so far has been a masterpiece in and of itself. This book Hero-Type was at once exciting, fun, fast paced, entertaining, political, romantic and many other things. Highly Recommended!

Next Month: Books by Toni Morrison', Roberto Bolano, Curtis Sittenfield and more

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