For more than twenty years, Jim Woodring’s elegantly wordless “Frank” comics have immersed readers in a dreamlike, richly allegorical milieu which is equal parts unsettling and whimsical. 2010’s Weathercraft is Woodring’s first long-form work and possibly his best-realized. It follows one character’s ascension from total debasement into a kind of unexpected nobility.
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Are you committed to living a greener life, reducing your carbon footprint and making a healthy impact on the planet? If so, check out David Wann’s book, The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. Implementing his ideas requires rejecting the current status quo and embracing challenging alternatives.
“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” – Robert Frost
The Andreas sisters are named for three wildly different Shakespeare heroines, and the one thing they have in common is that their lives are messy. Bianca has just been fired and is swimming in debt. Cordelia gives up her semi-nomadic life when she discovers she’s pregnant. Rosalind had already been living at home in order to care for their ailing parents, and the tension of her upcoming wedding isn’t helping. In Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters, all three end up back under the same roof, and the curtain rises on a masterful blend of drama and lightness that would make the Bard proud.
In every age, attempts have been made to create and destroy havens of religious and ethnic harmony. Geraldine Brooks’ exquisite novel, People of the Book, traces the mysterious and harrowing adventure of the Sarajevo Haggadah, as it weaves among such societies throughout history, bearing witness to brutal intolerance and laudable heroism.
Holidays can be full of indulgence and delight, or can magnify life’s frustrations and dysfunctions. From the stepmother who’ll never get it right, to the couple who knew each other until a simple quiz proved otherwise, Maeve Binchy’s This Year It Will Be Different reminds us how similar we are.