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click to enlarge Necklace of Kisses   - Francesca Lia Block  - HarperCollins Even when Weetzie Bat, the - punka rocka heroine from Block's amazing Weetzie - Bat teen series, had a child, broke up with her - boyfriend and starred in independent movies, she still - never grew up. Necklace of Kisses is the - surprise sequel to that series, a book for adult fans that's - equally endearing and alarming. Our Weetzie's now 40, - and she's having that pesky Peter Pan problem: She - wants to rock the slinkster youth vibe forever, which - leads to problems with her husband. With her head full - of doubt and fear of divorce, she takes herself to an - exotic pink hotel for a stay. There, she meets all kinds of - magical and mesmerizing characters who help her - discover who she is and needs to be. The ending's - touching, and as realistic as Weetzie's ever going to get. - -- Kara Luger
  • Necklace of Kisses
    Francesca Lia Block
    HarperCollins

    Even when Weetzie Bat, the punka rocka heroine from Block's amazing Weetzie Bat teen series, had a child, broke up with her boyfriend and starred in independent movies, she still never grew up. Necklace of Kisses is the surprise sequel to that series, a book for adult fans that's equally endearing and alarming. Our Weetzie's now 40, and she's having that pesky Peter Pan problem: She wants to rock the slinkster youth vibe forever, which leads to problems with her husband. With her head full of doubt and fear of divorce, she takes herself to an exotic pink hotel for a stay. There, she meets all kinds of magical and mesmerizing characters who help her discover who she is and needs to be. The ending's touching, and as realistic as Weetzie's ever going to get. -- Kara Luger

click to enlarge Decreation: Poetry,  Essays, Opera -  - Anne Carson  - Knopf The thematic preoccupations of this - strange and gorgeously disparate book come into view - like objects frozen and then thawed. An opening - sequence of poems reveals the poet's mother dying, - each verse thinning to a single word. The prose essay - that follows, "Every Exit is an Entrance," promptly - launches into a "praise of sleep." The combination of - flatness and beauty, of interrogative prose with glancing - and often exquisitely spare poetry, has become Carson's - forte. But Decreation is a more mysterious and - thoughtful volume than that. It presents art forms and - life issues one by one, then slowly, masterfully, takes - them apart. In the end, we are left with a single - realization: that art is a temporary fugue state, after - which "other fears ... soon return." -- John - Freeman
  • Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera
    Anne Carson
    Knopf

    The thematic preoccupations of this strange and gorgeously disparate book come into view like objects frozen and then thawed. An opening sequence of poems reveals the poet's mother dying, each verse thinning to a single word. The prose essay that follows, "Every Exit is an Entrance," promptly launches into a "praise of sleep." The combination of flatness and beauty, of interrogative prose with glancing and often exquisitely spare poetry, has become Carson's forte. But Decreation is a more mysterious and thoughtful volume than that. It presents art forms and life issues one by one, then slowly, masterfully, takes them apart. In the end, we are left with a single realization: that art is a temporary fugue state, after which "other fears ... soon return." -- John Freeman

click to enlarge The Push Man and Other Stories -  - Yoshihiro Tatsumi  - Drawn & Quarterly Tatsumi, considered the - grandfather of Japanese alternative comics, isn't well- - known here in the States. His minimalist style of - drawing, so different from that found in manga, - influenced Adriane Tomine and other comics artists. - The Push Man and Other Stories is a selected - collection of Tatsumi's works, specifically from 1969. - The stories are quite dark; infidelity, death, lust and - betrayal reign here. The male characters typically are - working-class average Joes, often with blank looks in - their eyes; the women usually prove either conniving or - hysterical. As an American woman in the new - millennium, it's hard to interpret that through the lens of - a Japanese male nearly 40 years ago. Still, The Push - Man definitely is worth a look. -- Kara - Luger
  • The Push Man and Other Stories
    Yoshihiro Tatsumi
    Drawn & Quarterly

    Tatsumi, considered the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics, isn't well- known here in the States. His minimalist style of drawing, so different from that found in manga, influenced Adriane Tomine and other comics artists. The Push Man and Other Stories is a selected collection of Tatsumi's works, specifically from 1969. The stories are quite dark; infidelity, death, lust and betrayal reign here. The male characters typically are working-class average Joes, often with blank looks in their eyes; the women usually prove either conniving or hysterical. As an American woman in the new millennium, it's hard to interpret that through the lens of a Japanese male nearly 40 years ago. Still, The Push Man definitely is worth a look. -- Kara Luger

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