Wes L's Picks
Jess's Rec: I've long been a fan of Porcellino's simple, zen-like illustration and intimate storytelling. His latest book is no exception-- I felt transported and transfixed to John's personal journey through hospital diagnoses, personal crises, and anxiety.
Jess's Rec: Do you know what will happen to your body after death? Do you want to? Perfect for fans of Six Feet Under, the macabre, or an interest in the mysterious death industry; I felt like Caitlin was my very own (quirky) personal guide to a world I never knew existed!
Jess's Rec: Another great dystopian novel perfect for fans of Margaret Atwood-- as long as you don't mind all the characters are bees! Informative and bizarre, but definitely a unique reading experience.
Jess's Rec: A wonderful book introducing both the brave narratives of transgender (and genderqueer ) teens in their own words, as well as a thoughful and emotional portrait of identity. Powerful stuff. I couldn't stop reading!
Jess's Rec: Having started my homebrew hobby (read: obsession) this summer, this book proves very informative for beginner and professional alike. Quick to get you started, this book has endless information about the fine points of brewing that will start you off right and then develop your skills later as you learn to craft to your own taste. Highly recommended!
Jess's Rec: A breakout first novel by author Jack Wolf, this book is equal parts Sleepy Hallow meets American Psycho--- not as far as gore, mind you! (Title non-withstanding) Following 17th century anatomist-in-training Tristan Hart, magic meets the age of reason in a strange love story dripping with sadism, following an unreliable (and seemingly quite mad) narrator. Very memorable!
Jess's Rec: This mystical box, containing a decade's worth of work, could rightly be called Chris Ware's magnum opus; an impressive statement overshadowing even Ware's genre-changing work Jimmy Corrigan.
Jess's Rec: This book is necessary reading to anyone who has ever seen the cult classic trainwreck of a movie The Room (dubbed by many to be the worst ever made.) This book, written by "Mark" of Room fame, documents his experiences working on-set, and attempts to delve into the psychology of Tommy Wiseau and the plot-hole-ridden script.
Jess's Rec: Think Zen monks aren't human like the rest of us? Think again-- I loved this book! A truly realistic (and joyfully humorous) look at the struggle to be spiritual. Follow Haubner's journey to monkhood reflecting on the meaning to be gleaned from the strangest experiences.
Jess's Rec: A mischievous kid's book as much for adults as for children (especially the ending!) Wonderfully illustrated, and serves as a great teaching fable for a younger audience.