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March 25, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 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.

The Association of Small Bombs

The Association of Small Bombs
by Karan Mahajan

A small bomb goes off in 1996 on one otherwise typical day at a Dehli marketplace. It kills two brothers, but their friend Mansoor survives and must now deal with the guilt and expectations of having lived through such an event. This novel is a provocative and political, yet empathetic, account about the horrors of the contemporary world and how it affects both victims and perpetrators.


by Mark Beyer

The first publication to be released from the exciting new imprint, New York Review Comics. Following along the tradition of the always wonderful NYRB, the NYRC aims to republish old classics and new translations of great comic works. A total joy to read in its fun absurdist spirit, Agony follows Amy and Jordan as things go from bad to worse for them in a sightly paranormal New York City.

England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock

England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock
by Jon Savage

Behold, the re-release of a fascinating cultural history of the UK in the seventies, what several critics call one of the best music books ever written. No small praise. Placing the Sex Pistols and punk rock within the repressive political context of England, Jon Savage manages to offer a bold narrative of how punk happened.

The Nest

The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney delivers a dark comic first novel that has Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Gilbert singing its praises. Intrigued? The Nest centers on a dysfunctional New York family that was once quite financially secure and suddenly has to reckon with real economic concerns. It is at once a light satire on the leisure class and an empathetic look at a pained family.

Can I Eat That?

Can I Eat That?
by Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Julia Rothman

A fun kids book illustrated by Librairie favourite Julia Rothman, Can I Eat That? provides punny questions and answers about foods of all kind. It’s a celebration of the weird and wonderful things that we eat. Sample questions include: “Do eggs grow on eggplants?” “If I eat jelly and I eat fish, can I eat jellyfish?” Reading this book may just help loosen up that picky eater of yours with some silliness.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Online "Best Books of 2015" Year-end Lists

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
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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