June 23, 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.
Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality
by Sarah Barmak
While our society has undoubtedly made leaps and bounds in terms of understanding women as sexual beings, Barmak is quick to establish that women still aren’t getting off. Provocative in nature but a necessary investigation into the reality of female sexuality, Closer is a blend of reportage, interviews and first-person reflection that aim to paint a picture of why a striking number of women are left unsatisfied. Barmak’s book, in short, calls for the reorienting of our current male-focused approach to sex and pleasure, and a rethinking of what’s ‘normal.’
Among Strange Victims
by Daniel Saldaña París
Based in our hometown of Montreal, Daniel Saldaña Paris’ first novel to be translated into English is an expertly composed, leisurely read that sucks you in but never spits you out. A study of slothfulness layered with wit and charm, Among Strange Victims is a languid read that takes you from Mexico City to the desolation of a small town—protagonist Rodrigo leading the way. Translated into English by the talented Christina McSweeney, this book is a must-read.
So Much for That Winter
by Dorthe Nors
Consisting of two novellas in one, already compact package, So Much for That Winter is a playful venture into the aftermath of two twenty-first century romances. Never taking itself too seriously but always staying in tune with its own sense of gravity, Nors’ endearing book is written almost entirely in bullet points and single-lined sentences. Teetering on the line between prose and poetry, this double feature is an exciting look into the mind of someone with their finger on society’s pulse.
Grief Is the Thing With Feathers
by Max Porter
Aching with a sense of sadness that seems to radiate from the page, Max Porter’s paperback release of his lauded 2015 novel is both striking inside, as well as on the cover. Part novella, part polyphonic fable, and part essay on grief, Grief is the Thing With Feathers invites you to be moved by the catharsis of others. And while the nature of the book is heavy-handed - given that it chronicles a new widower and the life of his two sons - the story is surprisingly light, allowing itself to be funny, to be quirky, and to be undeniably sharp.
How to Take Care of Your Human: a Guide for Dogs
by Maggie Mayhem
While there are plenty of manuals that explain the secrets to training your dog, nothing has been written from the dog’s perspective—until now. Written with the ‘help’ of author Kim Sears, Maggie Mayhem (Sears’ beloved dog) has penned the wonderful “How to Take Care of Your Human” with the help of illustrator Helen Hancocks. A quirky and delightful look at the human condition from a dog’s perspective, this book is a brilliant look into the world of humans and the small, sentient beings that care about them.
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