Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Jen Bryant, Six Dots. A Story of Louis Braille. Illustrations by Boris Kulikov Published 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf, 40p   Award-winning writer Jen Bryant considers Louis Braille one of the most inspiring personalities of all times.  She wrote a graphic novel on the French inventor in 1993 but she wanted now, with this version… Continue reading Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life Published in Australia in 2008 by Scribe. First published in 1994, 237p Bird by Bird is my first Anne Lamott reading experience; and probably because I had no expectations it simply fascinated me. It is well-written, very honest, delighting by its simplicity of style… Continue reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Bob Dylan, Paul Rogers, Forever Young Published 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40p Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beloved songs. Since it first appeared in 1974 on the album Planet Waves, the song became an anthem, a valuable piece of advice for the new generations to stay forever young. The song… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

Matei Calinescu, Matthew’s Enigma. A Father’s Portrait of His Autistic Son Published 2009 by Indiana University Press. Translated by Angela Jianu, 212 p In limba romana: Portretul lui M, Editura Humanitas, 2016, 256p   Matei Calinescu (1934 – 2009, Romanian professor of comparative literature, writer and literary critic) left communist Romania and moved to United… Continue reading Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Robert Crumb & David  Zane Mairowitz, Kafka Published 2007 bt Fantagraphics Books (First published 1990), 176p American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb together with David Zane Mairowitz managed to express the essence of Franz Kafka in a black and white illustrated biography that covers both the life and work of the Jewish writer. I still… Continue reading The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking Published 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf, 228p   Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Joan Didion writes on the first page of her book, an honest and vibrant autobiography written… Continue reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford, Virginia Woolf Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 128p Virginia Woolf marked a change of vision and sensibility in the modern literature. She had the boldness to use a new tone and a new language, revealing frustrations, hesitations and changes of mind; Woolf built her characters by exposing their psychologies. Her work,… Continue reading Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography