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The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
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Jan 19, 2012

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bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in January, 2012

A woman, walking the 3AM streets of Chicago after a fight with her boyfriend, encounters a parked, lit-up Winnebago. She's welcomed on board by the driver, a scholarly looking gentleman who is the librarian for the Night Bookmobile. On the shelves of the bookmobile she discovers every book she's ever read, including her childhood diary.

After her initial encounter with the night bookmobile, the woman is driven to find it again, but the bookmobile proves elusive. This fantasy tale is an interesting examination of the bibliophile's obsession and attachment to the book, dwelling on both the bitter and sweet aspects of that attachment.

"The Night Bookmobile" has been marketed and catalogued as a graphic novel, but it reads more like a short picture book for adults. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the narrative does not lend itself well to in-depth characterization, and I never got any insight into what drove the protagonist to so desperately seek out the books she'd read throughout her life.

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