- My Brain is Different by Monzusu
- Shiver by Junji Ito
- Sandman Omnibus Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman (et. al)
- Power Born of Dreams: My Story is Palestine by Mohammad Sabaaneh
- Swords Against Wizardry by Fritz Leiber
- Haynes Saxophone Manual by Stephen Howard
- Sandman Omnibus, Volume II by Neil Gaiman and Others
- Sandman Omnibus, Volume III by Neil Gaiman and Others
- Beyond the Burn Line by Paul McAuley
- Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier and Sheets by Brenna Thummler
- Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters by David Hockney
- The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
- The All-American by Joe Milan
- The Tulip by Anna Pavord
- Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
- Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein
- Harrow County Library Edition, Vols. 1-4, by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook
- Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
- Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
- The Ice is Coming, The Dark Bright Water, and Journey Behind the Wind by Patricia Wrightson
As always, I’m posting about books I’ve read, and it’s at something of a delay. I read this book early in January, but found myself digesting it slowly and thinking about it. Finally, I’m writing (briefly) about it.
Power Born of Dreams is a small graphic novel I found at the local library when looking for something else. It’s a challenging read: the author describes his own experience of as a Palestinian political prisoner in Israeli custody, but he also tells others’ stories.
A recurring motif in the story, and one that is at once grounding but also fairytale-like, is the use of birds as a chorus who transmit and comment on the stories that Sabaaneh relates. It’s a detail that somehow pulled me into the book, and also had me looking at birds in the trees around me with a certain haunted sense of memory of these tales for days afterward.
These stories are heartbreaking and the artwork—which is done in linocut prints—just elevates their effect on the reader. The book is worthwhile and urgent reading, but be ready to have your heart crushed by it.