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September 19, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - September 18, 2014

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


by Gilbert Hernandez

A life in five acts, Bumperhead tells the story of Bobby, who grows from disaffected teenager to apathetic adult while trying different 1970s subcultures on for size. A master storyteller, Hernandez (Love and Rockets, Marble Season) weaves childhood crushes, crushing disappointments, and forgotten dreams through a landscape of glam rock, prog rock, and punk (not to mention the accompanying drug use). The story is scattered, almost stream-of-consciousness. It is very much how real memory works, and lends a startling immediacy to Bobby's everyday struggles.

Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull
by Charles Burns

Finishing off the Nitnit Trilogy that began with X'ed Out and The Hive, Charles Burns delivers Sugar Skull, a hauntingly surreal adventure undertaken by a man named Doug and his performance-art alter ego Nitnit (a reverse Tintin). Picking up where The Hive left off, Sugar Skull brings Doug closer to revealing his past trauma (and what happened between him and Sarah), and follows Nitnit as he attempts to escape the Hive and regain his freedom.

How to Build a Girl

How to Build a Girl
by Caitlin Moran

After her much-talked about debut How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran is back with How to Build a Girl, a novel that follows fourteen year old Johanna Morrigan's transformation into Dolly Wilde, hard-drinking gothic hero and Lady Sex Adventurer. Dolly is everything Johanna wants to be, but is that enough? What does it take to build a girl? Written in Moran's signature comic style, the novel touts itself as The Bell Jar, if The Bell Jar was written by Rizzo from Grease. High praise!

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything
by Naomi Klein

In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein, previously known for her bestsellers No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, tackles the conflict between our current economic system and the fight to save the earth. Klein calls climate change a "civilizational wake-up call" and it's clear to see that despite the grim reality, she hasn't given up hope. Klein has a history of redefining how we think of global issues, and this environmental tour de force promises more of the same.

The Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics
by Italo Calvino

Written between the 1960s and 80s, Calvino's fantastical stories of primordial beings frolicking in space finally find a home together in a new and beautiful hard cover edition. Seen through the eyes of Qfwfq, an ageless guide, the stories range from explaining mathematical concepts to recounting the origins of the universe. Calvino's legacy is sacrosanct, with even the great Ursula K. LeGuin calling The Cosmicomics "a landmark in fiction, the work of a master."

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also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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