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June 16, 2016

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - June 16, 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.

Hot Dog Taste Test

Hot Dog Taste Test
by Lisa Hanawalt

From the James Beard award-winning cartoonist and design/producer of Netflix's Bojack Horseman comes Hot Dog Taste Test; a delicious - and necessary - venture into the world of food, anthropomorphized animals, and the brilliant mind of artist Lisa Hanawalt. Tackling subjects ranging from the pomposity of foodie subculture, to the horrors of using public restrooms, Hanawalt's second book with Drawn and Quarterly is a hilarious assortment of cartoons, doodles, and fully-realized stories that illustrate life in all its beautiful, embarrassing, and at times exaggerated glory.

Last Sext

Last Sext
by Melissa Broder

With her fourth poetry collection, Melissa Broder demonstrates just how powerful her existential musings can be. Known primarily for the extremely popular collection of personal essays So Sad Today (and its subsequent Twitter feed), Broder launches into Last Sext with the lines “Can you feel it?/ You are art and you are not art/ Yesterday I thought it was good to be dead,” setting the tone of the book. And while So Sad Today’s popularity rides on the funny universality of her daily experiences, Last Sext is carried by longing, fear, and the mystery of mortality - in an absolutely stunning way.

The Girls

The Girls
by Emma Cline

For her much-lauded debut novel, Emma Cline presents a story of a young girl (Evie) pulled into a life of freedom and abandon during the height of 60s hippiedom. When she becomes part of a cult mirroring that of the infamous Mansons, Evie’s story is told through tight prose that allows for the girlish nature of The Girls to blossom beyond the stereotypical coming-of-age format. And while the book has received its fair share of mixed reviews due to its hype, Cline’s debut is nonetheless something to behold.

I’m Just a Person

I’m Just a Person
by Tig Notaro

Few people have managed to turn tragedy into success quite like Tig Notaro. In the span of four months, she was hospitalized for an intestinal disease, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Through this trauma she has managed to establish herself as one of the most respected - and hilarious - stand-up comics today; her comedy pushing the boundaries of the taboo. In I’m Just a Person, Tig digs even deeper, allowing for new layers of her experiences to be unveiled. In short, it’s a wonderful - and ultimately cathartic - read.

Sex Criminal Volume 3

Sex Criminal Volume 3
by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

The third volume of the popular, bestselling bi-monthly comic Sex Criminals is - dare I say - sexier than ever. Continuing the storyline of two people who literally stop time during orgasm, writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky have expanded their universe to include even more time-stoppers. As expected, Volume Three carries their trademark hilarity into a new realm - allowing for the Sex Criminals to take us down the sinewy sci-fi path we’ve come to know and love.

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