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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Julien's Top Five of 2011

Fiona just poster her top 5 - here are my favorite books of the year!






 Blabber Blabber Blabber by Lynda Barry

Collecting the seminal Ernie Pook's Comeek and including the Two Sisters strips and her earliest books such as Boys & Girls and Big Ideas, the first volume of the complete collected comics of this legendary cartoonist is eccentric, witty, raw and funny - my favorite comic-related book of the year!





Blue Nights by Joan Didion 

In Didion's follow-up to her best-selling and critically-acclaimed memoir The Year Of Magical Thinking, she poignantly meditates on aging and tells of the heartbreak of losing her 39-year old daughter with an absolutely stunning prose and elegant rawness.





 
 Color Engineering by Yuichi Yokoyama 

Yuichi Yokoyama's Color Engineering reaches new levels of utterly astonishing with over 200 full colour pages, 14 fold-outs and the most extravagant and hyper-stylized paintings/drawings ever. This new explosive art-book is designed and edited by Yokoyama himself.








The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto 

This is the world-renowned, critically-acclaimed and New York Times Best Selling wine-tasting manga that the entire English-speaking world was dying to read. It is a deliciously over-the-top and thrilling page-turner that is also, hands down, the most entertaining way to learn about wine.





 


Coucous Bouzon par Anouk Ricard 

Avec ses blagues The Office-esques et ses caricatures du monde entrepreneurial, ce semi-sitcom de bureau totalement absurde et déjanté est bien charmant, mais attention, tout pourrait vite tourner à la parodie de thriller policier... so funny.




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