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November 15, 2008

38 Down, 14 To Go "Disappearance Diary" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Hideo Azuma's Disappearance Diary is a deceptive graphic novel. The childlike, simple, and often cartoony images combined with the story of the artist's alcoholism and depression make this comic unforgettable. Split into three parts, this autobiographical book follows the artist as he runs away from the pressures of work to become homeless, then he runs away to become a pipefitter for a natural gas company. In the final section, he addresses his alcoholism by entering rehab.

Azuma's honesty and sense of humor is apparent throughout the book, and he treats his life as an adventure, whether he is sleeping in a public park or quitting alcohol. An interview with the author at the end of the book was an unexpected treat, and drove home how real the cartoonist's story was.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 19441990, by Charles Bukowski.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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