We just received two books at the Librairie that made me blink a couple times and say, "OH!" These are two books that totally fit within the D+Q vibe, so I'm pretty sure you guys will fall in love with them. I am hands down smitten.

First up, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman. I kind of love novels that are sprinkled with illustrations; the visuals along with the narrative really work to brighten up the book. If Daniel Handler doesn't sound familiar to you, perhaps LEMONY SNICKET will? Yes, he is the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events teaming up with Kalman, his 13 Words partner in crime.

Why We Broke Up is described as such: This novel tells the story of Min Green and how she and Ed Slaterton met at a party, saw a movie, followed an old woman, shared a hotel room, and broke each other's hearts. (via The Why We Broke Up Project)

Breakups are universal. Everybody goes through them. Perhaps this books will remind you of yours, and make you realize yours wasn't so bad after all.

Next up! Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books. Ever wonder what some of your favourite authors keep in their library? Well, lucky for you, this book is exactly that! Not only does it present photographs of authors with their books, but also gives us individuals interviews with them and lists their prized top ten books.

Alison Bechdel has a really beautiful looong horizontal library. Included on her top ten: Tintin in Tibet, On Photography by Susan Sontag, and The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac.

Junot Diaz has bookselves scatterd all throughout his house, including smack dab in the middle of his kitchen! Included on his top ten: Love and Rockets, no. 12, Poison River by Gilbert Hernandez, The Lord of the Rings, and Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture by Eric Greene.
Jonathan Lethem's library seems to be a second job for him, constantly organized, arranged, and rearranged. Oscillating between alphabetical, genre, subject, size, colour, and publisher, it seems like the state of his library is dependent on how he feels on a certain day. On his top ten: Two books by Charles Willeford, The Cockfighter and A Guide for the Unhemorrhoided, and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Gary Shteyngart admits to being big on sniffing books. At first I thought he was talking about scratch & sniff books, but quickly realized he was discussing his fondness for the distinct smells that some books naturally carry. These are things that ebooks can't compete in, people! In his top ten: Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler, The Sopranos (season 1), and Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov.

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