Bingo Update: This is for my History/Schmistory square. The book is, according to the publisher, “set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918.” I learned SO MUCH about Mexican history reading this book, even if it is a work of fiction. Every now and then a monolith that should be seen as evil does something good, even Amazon (who we appreciate for our buyhole, obviously). Amazon sent out a list of books they were offering for free for World Book Day, and all of them were by non-US authors. I picked up a number […]
TG: drug use, sexual assault, violence against women, mafia I’m not really sure I know how to review this book, but I am going to try anyway. Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is a graphic novel memoir that narrates a specific period in the life of its author. In 1984, shortly before her 17th birthday, Ulli Lust, a rebellious punk girl from Vienna, took off on a hitchhiking trip across Italy with her friend Edi with nothing but a backpack and the clothes on their backs. What follows is an adventure with some highs […]
This is the second book by Hiromi Kawakami I have read and even though I don’t remember many details about the first one, it apparently was enjoyable enough that I bought three other books by her… I hope the other two are more to my liking because this one was a struggle. I enjoyed the writing. The story was very slow but that doesn’t bother me as a rule. I just found every single character to be extremely uninteresting. Even the not particularly nice ones. They were all uninteresting. I’m going to try to tell you a little bit about […]
(published in English as: Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs the Patriarchy) I was talking to a friend about how difficult it can be to find graphic novels written and/or illustrated by women. She mentioned this Swedish author she enjoyed but wasn’t sure if she had been translated. Fortunately, she has been translated and I found this gem on Google Play Books. What an amazing read. El fruto prohibido (literally The Forbidden Fruit) is a cultural history of the vulva, and it’s both hilarious and infuriating. It is also well documented, and this is important because you will often find […]
Komugi and Tohru are young newlyweds (or about to get married? I’m not entirely sure) who move in with his family while they find their own place. Tohru’s family – mom, grandpa, brother Dai and sister Yukari – are warm and welcoming (except Yukari) and eager to make Komugi feel like part of the family. For her part, Komugi is sweet and helpful and just generally delighted to be part of the family. Just as everyone is starting to get comfortable with the new living arrangements, Tohru must leave on an unexpected business trip. He tells Komugi that she can’t […]
This was a CBR Book Exchange gift from a couple of years ago; I thought I found it from a review on here but apparently not! I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, which isn’t to say I disliked it.
Translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder A little girl is dead. Her mom knows who killed her. She wants revenge. It sounds like a simple enough plot, what could be more straightforward and relatable than a broken-hearted mother wanting to punish those responsible for the death of her child? But this is not a simple story. As the story starts, Moriguchi, a middle school teacher, is telling her students that she is retiring from teaching. Moriguchi has recently lost her 4-year-old daughter, Manami. She used to take her daughter to school sometimes when she had meetings because she didn’t […]
It has been a couple of years since I read any poetry, and the last time was also at the behest of the fine folks over at Book Riot and their annual Read Harder Challenge. I don’t know if I’m going to manage to complete this year’s challenge by the end of December – I know what books I am going to read for the remaining challenges, but I don’t know that I’ll be able to fit them all in. But I wasn’t going to allow myself to use that as an excuse to not pick up this collection of […]