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The Arrival (Shaun Tan)

This book found me by sheer coincidence. I went to the library to pick up another book, and lo and behold, there was this shelf of graphic novels on display. The cover of this book attracted me (I just love me some sepia tones!) so…

The Principles of Uncertainty (Maira Kalman)

Maira Kalman’s book The Principles of Uncertainty found me in a bookstore this weekend. It is a beautiful book, full of beautiful paintings and photographs, and beautiful writing. I didn’t know how to classify it, as it’s not really a memoir but not really short…

Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

Mike and I went to Borders this weekend, since the two “local” Borders stores are closing (and we still had $30 in gift certificates to spend). So what did I find? I found a beautifully illustrated collection of comics published by Marvel in 2010 —…

Shortcomings (Adrian Tomine)

A couple of months ago, I picked this graphic novel up in a Barnes & Noble and read the first chapter right there on the floor between the shelves. I didn’t have the cash to purchase it, so I left it there. I thought about…

The Raw Shark Texts (Steven Hall)

My bother-in-law gave me this book for Christmas, and it was a completely unexpected and captivating read. I picked it up a couple of days ago and haven’t put it down since. You’ll probably notice I’ve tagged it as a magical realist novel. That’s something…

Hector and the Search for Happiness (François Lelord)

This book was another random library find…and I’m really glad I found it! (For more on that and on my initial thoughts while beginning the novel, see my post about it on my personal blog.) It’s a cute little book, and Hector is a really…

The People of Paper (Salvador Plascencia)

This is one of my favorite novels, and it’s also one that I’m definitely including in my dissertation. That being said, I still feel that I haven’t gleaned everything I can glean from it even now, after the 3rd reading. It’s an unusual novel to…

The Good Fairies of New York (Martin Millar)

I picked up this book at random while browsing the shelves at the library. I saw that Neil Gaiman had recommended it, and that coupled with the title and back cover was enough to convince me that I should read it.I took a while to…

The Piano Lesson (August Wilson)

After several conversations with different colleagues about magical realism in African American literature, I was pointed to this particular play by more than one person. I finally found the time to read it. I have to say that I was disappointed that it wasn’t more…

American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)

I’ve read this book at least 3 times now, but it’s really cute. I don’t mean cute as in “quaint” but rather cute as in it has really appealing graphics and a fun storyline. It’s meant for young adults, so that’s part of the “cute”…