Last week, I shared Part One of my Birthday Book Loot, which consists mostly of Europa Edition Novels. This week, I have the graphic novels and other titles that I’ve always wanted to own.
Graphic Novel Biographies
I think I saw both books featured at Brainpickings – and vowed that I would get my own copy someday. That someday has come: Marx by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon, Freud by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon.
Darwin: A Graphic Biography by Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr.
Graphic Novel Love
Finally! I haz it! Habibi by Craig Thompson. I have been salivating after this graphic novel for a loooong time now.
And because I support banned books and believe that LGBTQ literature spread awareness and hopefully love too – it’s difficult to hate that which you know: George by Alex Gino, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
Pop and Classic
I love the juxtaposition of these two novels together – one so pop, the other a classic: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy.
Henry Miller = Love
And because forty, I have to get me some ooh-lala. Henry Miller is precisely that: Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring.
I didn’t even realize that I won a prize for Poetry Friday, if not for Laura Shovan’s email. Thank you again for sending this to me: My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology edited by Bernadette Geyer.
Book Gift from Maldives
One of the greatest things about traveling is getting to meet very interesting people from all over. Sally and Andy are British retirees who have spent their last three weeks in the same guesthouse we stayed at Mahibadhoo. During breakfast, we get to talk about Andy’s business (for which he still does a bit of consulting work), how he used to be a Gestalt psychotherapist (“the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”), attachment theory (his daughter from his first wife has a PhD in clinical psychology as well and did intervention work with underprivileged first-time mothers), quasi-experimental studies, Grimm’s fairy tales, and academic work. They also gave me this hardbound psychology textbook on perception that Andy bought by mistake and brought here in the islands for some “light reading” only to discover how technical it was – and so he wanted to give it to me as a present: Surfing Uncertainty – Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind by Andy Clark. I gave him a PDF file of Struwwelpeter in exchange (which Sally loved as a child and which Andy didn’t know about).
My family with travelers extraordinaire, Sally and Andy, while we were at Male.