February 25, 2016
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.
13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl
by Mona Awad
A novel composed of 13 interconnected vignettes which can also be read as standalone short stories. The stories chronicle, as the title implies, the life of "fat girl" Elizabeth as she struggles with her body image and ever-fluctuating weight. By showing us snippets of Elizabeth's life over time and her various sizes, Awad's novel cuts deep into the effects of dieting on a woman’s mental and physical health. Lucky for us, Mona Awad will be at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. to launch 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.
She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
by Quan Barry
The novel begins with the unique birth of a girl named Rabbit, pulled out of her mother’s grave, at the height of the Vietnam War and follows her as she demonstrates an ability to speak with the dead. Leading readers through Vietnam during and after the war, Saigon-born Quan Barry offers stories of struggle and death with a deft mix of folklore and magical realism. It’s a book that beautifully doesn’t define Vietnam through the West but through the nation’s own history, culture, and voice.
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and The Rise of an Independent Nation
by Rebecca Traister
A journalistic portrait of a contemporary American phenomenon: women increasingly choosing singledom over official uniondom. Looking at the great cultural change through social, political, and economic lenses, Traister tracks how and why the American woman is no longer uniquely dependent on marriage. A fascinating study on modern female independence and how its effects can spread so drastically outward.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad
A joy of a book for kids and parents alike. Poems about the changing months and seasons are accompanied by Canadian and D+Q artist Julie Morstad’s beautiful drawings. The poems unfussy and effortless, the drawings sweet and cozy. Easily, so far, my favourite children’s book of the year.
25 Women: Essays on Their Art
by Dave Hickey
Writing about 25 major women artists from the past twenty years, from Vanessa Beecroft to Joan Mitchell to Elizabeth Peyton, Dave Hickey offers a satisfying taste of the incredibly diverse work being created by some of the leading contemporary artists. Refreshingly, Hickey doesn’t attempt to tie the women together through shared themes or commonalities - each woman stands on their own. For the uninitiated and those in the art-know, 25 Women reads like a dream - easy, contemplative, and salient.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:
also at Largehearted Boy:
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
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)