Each week, we recommend five books for largeheartedboy.com.
Here are this week's picks:
This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories (Leanne Simpson)
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, acclaimed Nishnaabeg storyteller and poet, has returned with a collection of searing songs, poems, and stories. In This Accident of Being Lost, Simpson’s commitment to uncompromising truth-telling seeps from every fragment, every turn of phrase. Through a blend of traditional storytelling and wry domestic realism, Simpson protects Indigenous knowledge while simultaneously providing valuable context from non-Indigenous readers.
Animals of a Bygone Era (Maja Säfström)
A follow-up to the bestselling Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, Maja Säfström’s new book sets her distinct style on creatures from times past. Säfström illustrates fascinating ancient-animal facts with equal parts passion and whimsy, all the while deftly sidestepping cliché—”dinosaurs have intentionally been left out of this book to give some attention to other fascinating—but less famous—creatures that one lived on this planet”.
Too Much and Not the Mood (Durga Chew-Bose)
Montreal writer Durga Chew-Bose seems poised for literary stardom. Her writing has been published across a myriad of journals and reviews—including n+1 and Interview Magazine—and Maris Kreizman described it thus: "If you admire Maggie Nelson’s ability to combine the personal and the academic into a thrilling new art form, Durga Chew-Bose will be your next favorite writer." Too Much and Not the Mood, taking its name from a Virginia Woolf diary entry, is a philosophical, occasionally brooding, and often stirring collection of essays from a burgeoning talent.
Make Trouble (John Waters)
When John Waters, the Prince of Puke himself, was invited to address a graduating class at the Rhode Island School of Design, his impishly subversive advice (of course!) went viral. The immensely talented Waters asks “So what if you have talent? Then what?” Make Trouble is an exegesis of the creative process, and of creativity as a profession. John Waters decrees that no matter what field we choose, we must embrace chaos, we must make trouble!
Saga Volume 7 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)
The 7th volume of the highly addictive space-opera Saga is here! Written by Brian Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, this sci-fi series was described by David Sims for The Atlantic as “like Star-Wars, but unfilmable and brilliantly bonkers.” Imaginative, sexy, and bristling with humour, Saga is ideal for comics nerds and newbies alike.