‘Wonderland’ by Stacey D’Erasmo

“[…]D’Erasmo does a rare thing with Wonderland: she combines the delightful worlds of literature and music while bringing out the best in both mediums.”… read more

'Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir' by Nicole J. Georges

Nationally, Portland, Oregon is known for being a rainy green city of bicyclists, 20-something hipsters, and enough log-jammed trends from the nineties to fill a whole season of Portlandia. One of the ancient trends that still thrives in the Pacific Northwest is the making of zines. And while the nation at large may have discovered PDX… read more

'Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama' by Allison Bechdel

The title of Alison Bechdel’s novel riffs off P.D. Eastman’s book Are You My Mother?, an easy-reader many babyboomers who grew up on the Cat in the Hat reader series might recall. It features a baby bird who tumbles out of his nest, and spends the rest of the book asking a dog, a cow,… read more

Alison Bechdel: The Personal and the Familial

“Writing a memoir about living people in your family is a problematic undertaking . I think I only do it because my family was so screwed up in a very particular way.” I haven’t spoken to my mother in over a decade, and I’m a total sucker for troubled mother dyke-daughter stories. I’m also a… read more

'We the Animals' by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ We the Animals  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is all the best one hopes to encounter in a young author’s debut novel: all the raw emotion just past processing the wounds accumulated during adolescence, all the nostalgia for life as it was then mixed with the realizations of the convoluted beauty life reveals itself to be,… read more