This slim novel from 1922 has been out of print for nearly forty years. Luckily, McSweeney’s Collins Library has released it again in striking hardcover, with the original diminutive woodcuts created by Garnett’s wife Rachel. The tale takes place in the late 19th century British countryside and in this case, the title is quite literal. Mr. and Mrs. Tebrick, a wealthy young couple, are quite in ... Continue Reading
Mr. Funk devoted his life to etymology, writing four best-selling books on colloquialisms both obscure and common. What makes this collection so enjoyable is the humor and passion with which Funk writes. The original drawings by Funk’s son Tom are a perfect compliment as they are rather silly, undoubtedly as many of the sayings may seem to the modern reader. In fact, it is the entries for old-f ... Continue Reading
When McSweeney’s acclaimed new fiction journal teams up with comic artist aficionado Chris Ware as guest editor, the genius that brought us Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, you know you’re in for something special (as if the packaging didn’t already give it away). The beautiful cover, once removed, opens into a huge comic poster by Ware. Tucked in the folds of the cover are two mini co ... Continue Reading
Karen Elizabeth Gordon writes for those who clutch tattered thesauruses flush against their breasts, sneer at each new edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, and scrawl evocative and titillating new words into pocket-sized notebooks. Author of several delightfully gothic romps through the idiosyncrasies of grammar, each book furthers the story of cowboys with a predilection for lin ... Continue Reading
In this largely wordless fable (save the narrative framework at the beginning and end), Dan James spins a truly epic yarn with ease, fluidity and great accomplishment. The Octopi and the Ocean makes beautiful use of positive and negative space and free-form sequential art, allowing the reader to delve into the story without the visual distraction of extraneous world balloons. And what a story it ... Continue Reading
Subtitled "an anarchist cookbook", Recipes for Disaster is the ideal "For Dummies" book for practical anarchy.
Besides the title, the book really has nothing to do with the original anarchist cookbook. This book contains such "recipes" as "How to Make a Bicycle Into a Record Player", "Pie Throwing" , "Surviving a Felony Trial", and more fun topics. Each recipe lists the ingredients needed (b ... Continue Reading
“The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled, no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced ... Continue Reading
This charming book is filled with love stories (despite the misleading title) that doesn’t make you want to choke on its sappiness, and instead, invites you to share secrets with the author, Amber Gayle. This is for all young women who have loved, are waiting to love, and for those who are in love. This is for all the practicing men who are interested in learning about love from the female perspec ... Continue Reading
Wow. Just, wow. One of the best reads I’ve encountered all year. The book starts off with a bang and it’s one big rollercoaster ride until the surprise finish (I don’t want to give away the ending, but it’s totally open for a sequel). I mean, this book is amazing. Like all books, it does have its drawbacks (mainly, its lengthiness) but overall, definitely an excellent read.
Probably the best t ... Continue Reading