This is a great book for a weekend afternoon read. The illustrated glimpses in Lauren R. Weinstein's Girl Stories are drawn (no pun intended) from herThis is a great book for a weekend afternoon read. The illustrated glimpses in Lauren R. Weinstein's Girl Stories are drawn (no pun intended) from her own life, and if you're looking for a laugh you'll find it here. The stories are mainly from her middle school years, and focus on her as an uncool, arty kid who desperately wants - of course - to be one of the cool kids. But that plan doesn't quite work out, and in one of my favorite parts of the book she turns to her idol, Morissey, and together they frolic in graveyards, disdain meat, and revel in their awkwardness.
There's also some useful information in the book, such as tips on making Barbie clothes (cutting up balloons to make swimwear is simply genius) as well as how to really get a boyfriend (he might be a total asshole, but you'll still get one).
This book is funny, but it also has enough sensitivity and depth to keep it from being "just" a laugh. The awkwardness of adolescence with all its thrills and agonies is captured here....more
I discovered and became really interested in graphic novels in the last year, and that path finally led me to Maus. If anything could be, Maus is likeI discovered and became really interested in graphic novels in the last year, and that path finally led me to Maus. If anything could be, Maus is likely the "classic" graphic novel, if not simply one of the most well-known. And with good reason.
The story - part Art Spiegelman's re-telling of his father's experience of the Holocaust, and part an exploration of their relationship - has as its characters mice (the Jews), pigs (the Poles) and cats (the Nazis). I was thinking about why he chose to use animals rather than people, and realized the sad metaphor that mice are "exterminated". In a way, it also removed familiarity with Holocaust images so that it helped them to be seen in a new light (a detached light, at times).
An interesting part of the novel is that it isn't at all a sympathetic portrayal of Spiegelman's Dad. He's often extremely frustrated and angry at him. I guess having lived through the Holocaust doesn't necessarily make you a saint to your children, and Spiegelman definitely doesn't pull any punches here. As the child of a Holocaust survivor, he's also dealing with the fallout of his father's experiences.
I didn't realize that this was only Part 1 (duh) of the story. I wish I'd known to have Part 2 on hand, because the end of this book definitely isn't an end. More like a middle....more
Many of the tales in this book are funny in a way that makes you want to cringe, but at the same time you can totally relate to them (I guess that's wMany of the tales in this book are funny in a way that makes you want to cringe, but at the same time you can totally relate to them (I guess that's what makes them so cringe-worthy). I think this book should be dedicated to anyone who has ever had too much to drink and then threw up on someone. In Laurie Notaro's case, it would probably be someone that she ended up having a job interview with the next day......more