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Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Cover of "The Disreputable History of Fra...

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By Mandy Webster

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. E. Lockhart. New York, NY: Hyperion, 2008.

E. Lockhart’s novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is the story of a voiceless Bunny Rabbit of a girl who quickly learns to speak for herself.

What really stands out for me in this book, from the very beginning, is the tone. In the earlier chapters especially, the novel takes on the tone of an official spy dossier read by the head of some top secret government agency. It’s this purposeful use of tone that really makes this novel the award winner it has become.

While I heard a very distinctive narrative voice from the very first pages of this novel, this strong narrative voice does not remain consistent throughout the entire work. At first, Frankie’s voice slips in only once or twice in each chapter, but becomes more prevalent as the story progresses. In the beginning of the book, Frankie is the voiceless Bunny Rabbit. This is why we do not hear her voice, but that of the narrator. However, Frankie’s own voice is heard more and more as her character gains the ability to speak for herself. Read more…

American Library Awards Announced

By Mandy Webster

Ann Angel Book signing at the Little Read Book in Wauwatosa

I snapped this picture of Ann Angel at her Sept. 28 book launch and signing at the Little Read Book in Wauwatosa.

The American Library Association announced its most recent awards yesterday during a conference in San Diego. The results are in, and I am happy to congratulate Brew City author Ann Angel for winning the YALSA award for excellence in nonfiction for young adults for her novel, Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing. I have my own signed copy of Janis, which I will be included in next month’s reading.

Other American Library Award winners include: Read more…

Book Review: “Stitches” by David Small

Cover of "Stitches: A Memoir"

Cover of Stitches: A Memoir

By Mandy Webster

Stitches: A Memoir. David Small. W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 2010.

In this graphic novel, Stitches: A Memoir, David Small tells the story of his dysfunctional formative years when art first became his escape from real life.

“I was six.”

“Detroit”

This simple beginning, coupled with Small’s stark black and white illustrations of his own childhood neighborhood quickly sets the reader in time and place. Small’s images expertly describe the dysfunction of a family headed by a detached doctor with a God complex and an angry closet lesbian.

As a child, the main character, David is a sickly boy whose father treats his asthma and constant (yet minor) sinus issues with large doses of radiation. As David grows up, he develops a growth on his neck which his parents seem to ignore for years before finally having it thoroughly checked out. Read more…