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Guys in fedoras crackin' wise! Mafia goons in dark alleys with tommy guns in viola cases! An elevator inspector's union! Wait, what? Just read it.
This book about a plump family of Finnish forest trolls is a perfect blend of salty and sweet. I love them and I wish I had read this series as a child as God and Nature intended.
Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood Francis Wyndham put it best: "... like a box of chocolates with amphetamine centers." A delightful romp through the messy decline of one aristocratic family.
American sociopathy at its most refined. Read this if you'd like to be totally paranoid for a few days.
Joan Didion cuts through the bullshit.
A haunted house story that belongs in the pantheon of great haunted house stories- it falls within a clear lineage and yet is unlike anything I'd read before.
The funniest, saddest, most compassionate voice in American writing. Like other great satirists Saunders confronts the ethical dilemmas of life head-on, while making you laugh at the absurdity of it all.
A gorgeously drawn, intense comic book for young adults, about endless summer days and true blue friendships. It perfectly captures the moment when young people are staring down the barrel of their teen years, trying to figure out what kind of a person they want to be.
Just incredibly beautiful writing- an unsettling, dense book that wanders, (but is never aimless) across cities and the mountains and valleys of Julius's psyche and memories. This one stayed with me.
In my personal lifetime achievement award for comics Lynda Barry wins, like, every year. A great book: a book I want everyone I love to read, a book about all your demons, and about drawing them and talking to them and inviting them over for tea.