Staff Picks - Pat
Such an important book. It shows me how to be graceful, direct, and compassionate with myself and those I effect as I travel through this life. Every once in a while I find a book that, in my eyes, gets as close to perfect as a book can get and I can't stop thinking about it. This is one of those books.
If all of the parts of what I love about Baldwin came into alignment and from that constellation a book was born, this would be that book. Reading it is like being hit with a literary sledgehammer made of silk.
The fact that it is so profound AND that it is a graphic novel is what makes it all that much better. Bring tissues. It hits the heart strings and keeps playing them until it ends.
At the same time the most beautiful and disturbing novel I have ever read. Out of all the books I've finished this is one of the only two I have ever been obsessively compelled to immediately start over. The amount of power that lives within these words, to me, was impossible until I opened the cover and embarked upon the journey.
This is my favorite book of all time. If there was one book I was forced to read over and over again for the rest of my life this would be the one. I would read it and read it and read it and love very moment. Everything we need to know about love and companionship and grief lives within this book. Read it immediately then read it out loud then read it to your friends and your family members.
I like ancient classics a lot. It's how we have what we read presently. They are our literary connection to the past. I read this in a class right after reading The Odyssey and not only did it exploded with life and meaning but it added a whole new dimensional quality to the books I have read since.
The most beautiful book I have ever read. It's just amazing. The way McCullers delivers her story and writes about her characters is so profound and lyrical that it makes it hard to read other books for a few weeks after. It's just breathtaking.
Impossibly creative. I'm currently on my 4th read-through and it's just as incredible as the first time. Sci-fi world building at its best.
This is my second favorite book. There are stories in here that make me cry by bringing me up close and personal with how much grace and love we can offer each other as human beings. Then there are also stories in here that show me just how terrible and brutal we can be to each other when we are in the chaos of war. It's as much a study in how to organize a short story collection as it is in how to be simple, direct, and profound with words.
This was reviewed as wildly great and what I experienced in reading it was a book that surpassed it's glowing reviews by miles and miles. I speak the truth when I say experienced, it was far more of an experience than a reading. If I meet Tara Westover I'm going to thank her for ever and ever for writing a book of such potent inspiration that I feel I can do anything.