August 6th, 2014


Suburban Future Riverman; American Delusions of Monsters

A Future Arrived, by Phillip Rock
This was very much like the first two books in the trilogy (and Downton still owes this series many thanks). I wish there were more of them.

The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer
A deeply odd, and compelling, children's dark fantasy novel. I'm very pleased that there ARE several more books by this author out there waiting for me.

Suburban Glamour, by Jamie McKelvie
The art on this was lovely, but the story was a bit standard as fairy stories go.

The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan
This was another superfun installment - I particularly enjoy the sideways allusions that don't get explained - but I did start to notice the formula a bit. So I'll have to make sure to space the books in this series out adequately.

American Gypsy, by Oksana Marafioti
An odd and intense book. There was a two-page scene that almost made me stop reading because it was too difficult for me. Overall, though, this memoir was captivating and deeply personal.

Delusions of Gender, by Cordelia Fine
I gobbled this book up uncritically, very much in choir-being-preached-to mode with a side of YAY snarky science writing, but I think it would have held up nicely even if I had been more skeptical.

(PS I actually just finished my 170th book for the year today... so it may take a while for me to catch up on these posts ...)
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Radiant Thomas Ate Vegas; Late Girls

What Pete Ate from A to Z, by Maira Kalman
This was cute. I have a fondness for alphabet books.

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything, by Maira Kalman
Now, this one was GENIUS. So good I immediately bought a copy to give to some kids I know. It's rare to find a treatment of Jefferson for kids that actually talks about him in flawed human terms. Plus the art was amazing.

Radiant Truths, edited by Jeff Sharlet
Very tasty anthology of works that are in some sense about belief, going all the way back to Walt Whitman.

Vegas, by John Gregory Dunne
This memoir was dark and depressing and full of unhappy people and yet it was somehow a light pleasant read at the same time. Not really sure how that worked - something about the author not taking himself too seriously. I appreciated it.

Girls Standing on Lawns, by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler
An odd and puzzling book made in collaboration with MOMA. It is what the title says it is, plus some musings thereupon. I quite liked it.

Stay Up Late, by Maira Kalman and David Byrne
One of her earlier picture books, full of whizzing energy and love. It made me feel like the song was meant to have these pictures accompanying it.
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