** denotes favorite book(s) of the month
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters – Mallory Ortberg : Mallory Ortberg (of the now defunct website The Toast) knows how to be both funny and smart, and this book is basically the hugest literary inside joke ever published.
A Communion of Friendship: Literacy, Spiritual Practice, and Women in Recovery – Beth Daniell : Daniell’s study of the literacy practices of a group of women in Al-Anon reveals the spiritual component embedded in reading and writing, as the group learns about themselves and their community through texts both read and composed.
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson : Robinson’s first novel reads like a daydream: quiet, hazy, focused on the feeling of places rather than what happens in those places.
An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir : This compelling YA novel is Hunger Games-esque but expands its dystopian world beyond brutal challenges to show how culture, magic, and family all impact resistance.
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer – Christian Wiman : Wiman’s poetic meditation on faith, suffering, and hope is unflinchingly honest and beautiful about the pains and joys of being an artist, a human, and a lover of Christ.
The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon :
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art – Scott McCloud :
Krazy and Ignatz, 1935-1936: A Wild Warmth of Chromatic Gravy – George Herriman :
A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators – Rita Malenczyk, editor :
Violence: A New Approach – Michel Wieviorka :
Building Stories – Chris Ware :
The Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies – Donna Strickland :
The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration – Theresa Enos and Scott Borrowman, editors :
A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir :
The System of Comics – Thierry Groensteen :
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel :
Bitch Planet – Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro :
A Room of One’s Own– Virginia Woolf :
Very Like a Whale – Edward M. White, Norbert Elliot, and Irvin Peckham :
Articulating Dissent: Protest and the Public Sphere – Pollyanna Ruiz :
Here – Richard McGuire :
Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies – Asao B. Inoue :
Going Public – Shirley K. Rose :
Unflattening – Nick Sousanis :
Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice – John Layman and Rob Guillory :
Rhizcomics – Jason Helms :
Dept. H – Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt :
Bellweather Rhapsody – Kate Racculia :
Hallelujah Anyway – Anne Lamott :
Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell :
I Remember Nothing – Nora Ephron :
Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel :
March: Book 3 – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell :
Chew, Vol. 2: International Flavor – John Layman and Rob Guillory :
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion :