I usually try to write a short summary of what I read, but this one's a short story collection. Summing up each story would take too long. I did notice a few running themes, which include fantastical and/or urban settings, coming of age, and/or coming into one's own.
My friend recommended that I read anything by Charles de Lint, and now I understand why. His writing style is really to-the-point and lovely. His characters are relate-able and inspiring. It was a wonderful read. I generally don't like short story collections. Most authors just seem more suited to write novels, but this was fantastic! If you're going to read a short story collection, I definitely recommend one of Charles de Lint's (and Neil Gaiman's). If you're feeling lost or out of sorts, this collection is especially uplifting.
Maus II, Art Spiegelman
In this graphic novel, Spiegelman explores his relationship with his father and recounts his father's experience as a Jewish man in various work and concentration camps.
Obviously, the subject matter here was pretty dark. It was really depressing and graphic at (most) times. It was also really honest and touching. Spiegelman was really upfront about his relationship with his father-- even given all that his father has been through. It was an informative and compelling story.