Art Made From Books by Laura Heyenga, Brian Dettmer, & Alyson Kuhn
“Art Made from Books is all this really fantastic art made from recycled material — old books that were falling apart. I really enjoy going through and looking at everything in here. I think whoever did all this must have the sharpest x-acto knife ever. I just can’t figure out how some of this stuff is possible. I look through the pages of this book and gasp, a lot. I’ve seen books on paper craft before, and they were amazing and seemed impossible. But, this book is surreal. It’s like your brain is being pet while you look through this.”
~ ANDREW H
Live From New York by Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller
“It’s funny. It’s insightful. I loved it and I learned so much about the process of making TV. It’s chaotic, and there is absolutely no formula to success. Live From New York is not a narrative, but it’s a bunch of interviews with the actors, writers and hosts of Saturday Night Live. It tells the fantastic stories of SNL. My favorite parts are about Chris Farley, his life and death. It’s insightful, but it’s also just so incredibly sad. They describe him as a “man boy,” which sounds like it should be a joke, but it’s actually pretty depressing. His inspiration was John Belushi, but Farley never felt like he was able to live up to Belushi’s legend. While everyone around him loved and adored him, he fell into a dark hole of drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of feeling like he never measured up. Chris Farley was my fist real favorite SNL cast member, so it’s great to get this perspective on him.”
The Door by Margaret Atwood
“The Door is Margaret Atwood doing poetry. It’s always really interesting to me to see an author who can cross genres and do it successfully. Atwood is still able to convey the essence of her style in different forms. I’ve always loved her fiction. Specifically, it was her use of metaphor in her fiction that drew me in. You’ll read her novels and they come off as if they could have been written in prose. Her writing is beautiful, the way she can use metaphor and create something beautiful out of the mundane or the ugly and destructive. Dystopian ideas are made beautiful.”
Divergent by Veronica Roth
“This is a very catchy little page turner. I don’t read a lot of Young Adult fiction — just what my siblings recommend and love. My brother turned me on to Divergent and it is really a great take on dystopia. It’s compelling to read about this young girl trying to have a complex personality in a world that divides everyone into five separate personalities factions. Tris, the main character, is a really inspiring female hero.”
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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang
Translated by Chi-Young Kim
Reviewed by: Katie B.
This fable is about a hen who calls herself Sprout. Her life consists of laying eggs that she will never see again. She desperately wishes she could keep one egg to hatch a chick and become a mother, but on the farm this never happens. She leaves the barn she has known her whole life to venture forth into the world. It’s a story about striving for what you want, overcoming hardships, and realizing your dreams; even when those dreams are not always fulfilled in the way you had planned. It’s about motherhood, unconditional love and the sacrifices that a mother makes.
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a bestseller in South Korea. I believe it gives us a unique glimpse into a country that is rarely seen. The world depicted on the farm has an underlying darkness and the banyard community can be cruel. Maybe growing up on the border of a communist country, prone to threat, influenced the world Sun-Mi Hwang created. The original title translates to “The Hen Who Escaped From the Farm”.
South Korea is a highly-educated, economically successful country where technology and science are highly valued. Motherhood is honored, but single, unwed motherhood is still quite a shameful stigma that the woman’s family and child will share. In the last 30 years, women’s social status has improved dramatically, but South Korea is still very much a patriarchal society. Knowing that, I find it surprising and wonderful that a book about an egg-laying hen who wants to be a mom, a book that celebrates individuality, is a national bestseller. It was so popular that an animated movie based on the book was made in 2011 entitled Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild. It made box office history, with over 2 million viewers. It was the largest audience for a Korean-made animated film ever! The film rights were picked up by a Toronto based company that planned to release an English-lingo version in the US in 2012, but I couldn’t find any more news than that. It hasn’t been released in the US yet, but I bet it will in the future….especially if the book does well. And we all know the book/movie rule, right? The book is ALWAYS better!
Another aspect of this amazing story is that the Japanese artist Nomoco was specially commissioned to create the cover art and the beautiful, simple line drawings that appear throughout the book. The artwork and prose work together to make this book beautiful inside and out. You can see more of her work here: Nomoco’s artwork.
The book trailer and commentary from the translator, Chi-Young Kim can be found here:
Copies of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly are available on our shelves at BookPeople and via bookpeople.com.
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John Sayles, acclaimed film director and author of such fine literary works as the novel A Moment in the Sun, has a new film out about friendship, crime and border issues, Go For Sisters.
In honor of the film’s release, we have a special prize pack to give away to one lucky winner that includes:
- A rare autographed copy of his book Anarchists Convention and Other Stories
- A full-sized theatrical poster
- A pair of tickets to see Go For Sisters at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane!
We’ll draw a winner at random first thing tomorrow morning. To be entered, leave a comment below telling us your favorite John Sayles film or book.
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BookPeople, AISD, and Random House have joined forces with local author Shana Burg to bring her moving novel about Malawi schoolchildren to life!
Words Across the World is a community-wide literacy initiative that seeks to expose young readers to basic concepts of global philanthropy by directly connecting students in Austin with students in Malawi, Africa through a pen pal program and by providing schools with tools for curriculum enhancement. Over 40 Austin schools have signed on to participate in the program!
Donate today to support literacy in Malawi, Africa and here in Austin schools. Your contribution will directly:
- Buy books for Austin school libraries
- Buy malaria medication, oxygen machines, and other medical supplies for our sister community in Malawi through World Altering Medicine
- Support our global pen pal program connecting Austin kids from over 40 Austin schools with Malawi schoolchildren
*Official 2012-2013 Texas Bluebonnet Reading List Selection
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
- Come down to BookPeople, select a tag off of our Giving Tree & donate that amount.
- Donate ANY amount at our registers.
- Donate online right now!
In support of this initiative, Random House Children’s Books will donate to the book drive for participating schools in Malawi!
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We’ll never be miserable again now that Autobiography, the highly anticipated bio by Morrissey, is here. You know it’s an event when the first five copies out of the box are snapped up by booksellers. Autobiography is now available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Come join us in our happy haze.
“Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones.”–Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
“As I floated, unmoored, Morrissey would drop in a single masterfully executed sentence. He’s a writer with a gift that he bends to bizarre use.”–Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker
“[Morrissey] is at his very best as he conveys what it was, and is, to be a youth lifted free by the sense of possibilities glimpsed in pop music and films and TV and poetry. He also writes as though he has a clear sense that Autobiography could provide the same kind of beacon, the same kind of life raft, for its most impressionable readers as he found in others. And that’s exactly how he should write, for one of the main reasons Morrissey matters as he does is because he has always been that kind of artist.”–GQ
Here’s a preview of what’s page one of the bio, courtesy of comedian Peter Serafinowicz:
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