Writers choosing writers
What happens when you ask a handful of writers to name their favorite book of 2012, and then the authors of those books pick their favorites? The unexpected. Follow the trail for a wonderful daisy-chain of eclectic reading recommendations to last through next year.
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TRAIL 1( Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt )
Aimee Bender ("The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake") picks ...
"Are You My Mother?"
A Comic Drama
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
This book is more internal, more sprawling, more wrenching and less resolved and narratively complete than her amazing "Fun Home," but I still liked it better. It's messy and deep. It lingers. It has scenes of Winnicott in psychoanalytic sessions in England and Virginia Woolf walking in parks and Bechdel's own exploration of herself — the self as lab — in a way that is honest and bold and inviting.