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Building stories /
Chris Ware.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
description
8 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 8-56 cm., in box 43 x 30 x 5 cm. + 5 printed sheets + 1 folded board (41 x 107 cm., folded to 41 x 27 cm.)
ISBN
0375424334, 9780375424335
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
isbn
0375424334
9780375424335
general note
Components consist of: 1 hardcover vol., 32 cm.; 1 hardcover vol., 24 cm.; 1 newspaper, 56 cm.; 1 booklet, 31 cm.; 2 booklets, 28 cm.; 1 booklet, 20 cm.; 1 booklet, 8 x 25 cm.; 5 printed sheets, ranging in size from 71 x 9 cm. to 56 x 81 cm., all folded; and 1 folded board, 41 x 107 cm., folded to 41 x 27 cm. All components are unpaged and are chiefly col. illustrations. None have titles.
Title from box cover.
abstract
Presents an illustrated tale, told in various books and folded sheets, about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other, and an elderly landlady.
catalogue key
8571513
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, USA, 2012 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-06-25:
Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print. In more than 200 pages spread over 14 separate printed works that include broadsheets, booklets, and full-sized books, Ware tells the visually stunning story of a nameless woman as she lives a quiet, frustrated life in Chicago. Ware gives voice not only to his nameless heroine but to the people who pass through and fill her life, peering in on the dysfunctional couple that lives below her, the wistful memories of the woman's ancient landlady, the old and crumbling building she lives in, and even the comedic blunderings of a bee named Branford, bringing together stories filled with grief, doubt, and self-loathing. Ware's paper archipelago can be read in any order, making his heroine's progression from single apartment life to dissatisfied motherhood in Oak Park, all the more personal, as if the reader is leafing through her memories, rather than following her linear story. Ware's artwork consistently overshadows his creation's anxieties, her frets and worries made even smaller and pettier by Ware's intricate and expansive art. But the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Stunning…As usual, Mr. Ware's style is a model of compression in both word and picture. Less usual, for the genre as a whole, is the vividness with which he limns his heroine's intense, if fairly ordinary, inner life… The lack of clear structure, much less traditional linearity, turns reading into an unusually active process. This is a great, easily ownable work of art." The New York Times "In the end, the process Ware recreates here is universal, which is what gives Building Storiesits resonance. The woman''s dream, after all, is everyone''s: the dream of making sense of ourselves, of having things add up. That they don''t, that they can never, is the paradox, and yet what else can we do but try? Here we have the essential question Ware wants us to consider, and his answer-brave, beautiful and brilliant-is the story we build out of this box." David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times "This book is a masterpiece…. Building Storiesis a masterpiece, above all, because it cares about human beings, many of them women. It cares enough to observe human beings closely, both when they are behaving themselves, and when they are engaging in their manifold selfishnesses. It cares enough about them to depict them when they are attractive and when they are singularly unattractive. The contemporary novel, it bears mentioning, does notcare this much, because the contemporary novel is so preoccupied with affirmation that it will not risk what Ware is willing to risk. Perhaps Ware risks in this way because, as a person who began by illustrating, he is willing to seeexactly what's taking place around him, all of it. But by building up his stories from the fragments, from the discontinuous moments, episodes of glancing contact, and the disconnections as well as the connections, he has made something that, if possible, is more literarythan most contemporary literature. The American novel, that is, has a lot to learn from this very convincing and masterful work." Rick Moody, Los Angeles Review of Books "Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print…the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels." Publisher Weekly,starred review "Chris Ware''s Building Stories is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn''t a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader''s choice where and how to begin this monumental work-the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end." J. J. Abrams "You could call Storiesa game-changer, except so few besides Ware could ever construct such a retro-aesthetic feat." Washington Post, "Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012" "A treasure trove of graphic artworks-they're too complex to be called comics-from Ware, master of angst, alienation, sci-fi and the crowded street . . . A dazzling document." - Kirkus,starred review "Ware has been consistently pushing the boundaries for what the comics format can look like and accomplish as a storytelling medium…More than anything, though, this graphic novel mimics the kaleidoscopic nature of memory itself-fleeting, contradictory, anchored to a few significant moments, and a heavier burden by the day. In terms of pure artistic innovation, Ware is in a stratosphere all his own." - Booklist, starred review "There's no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one."-Zadie Smith "A work of art…Ware has an extraordinary instinct for the empathic illumination of banality. He makes plain-beautifully and unsentimentally plain-the fact that nothing is more ordinary than to be lonely and despairing and dying. Perhaps this sounds depressing. It isn't. Only bad art is depressing; good art, no matter what its subject, is exhilarating. Building Storiestakes everyday sadness and makes something very beautiful of it, something powerfully human and true. That is a rare gift, and I'm very thankful to have received it." The Millions " Building Storiesis the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year, a story that must be experienced rather than read . . . Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair in a work people will be talking about for a long time." - Publishers Weekly,starred review "Ware's latest has the makings of a modern classic…At times Ware''s 'great book' feels like it could be about anyone''s life. Other times, it doesn''t feel like a bookat all. It''s a keepsake box full of things you won''t want to forget." Entertainment Weekly, A+ grade "This is more than a book; it''s a profusion of printed paper....told in Ware''s instantly recognizable style, with panels so silent and perfectly composed, they''re reminiscent of stained-glass windows."- TIME "I can guarantee that you, too, will feel an overwhelming sense of wonderment and religious-grade awe as you open the Building Stories box. It's as though you have unearthed god's blueprints for humanity or a treasure trove of someone's very orderly outsider art. This thing, whatever it is, is straight-up super beautiful, and the experience of reading it is like unwrapping birthday presents and choosing your own adventure all at once. It is the joy of reading incarnate, and I don't think I've experienced it so intensely since I was a kid. Building Stories really is a landmark achievement. It mounts a compelling defense for survival of print-like Kidd said, great art can be great business. But more than that, Building Stories offers a greater truth about life: even when it's dark and unpleasant, oh man, it is something to behold." The Rumpus " Building Storiesis a momentous event in the world of comics-the unusual format of Ware's book is bound to help redefine yet again what a "graphic novel" can be." New Yorkerblog "Remarkable...all of it is drawn in Ware''s meticulous style, inked in his bright, bold colors, and written in his decidedly literary voice. This is a publishing event; I can''t believe it''s retailing for only 50 bucks." Chicago Reader "Chris Ware is one of the true modern masters of the sequential art medium and an absolute artisan when it comes to showing the beauty of an ugly truth…It's truly masterful storytelling that will be a unique experience for each reader and something that would be impossible in any other medium than print…Each of us in our own way is desperately searching for our own sense of meaning, accomplishment, and self-worth, but anyone who has ever felt their creativity suppressed-or really anyone who has ever clung onto the good in their bad relationship (or the bad in their good relationship)-will see a
PRAISE FOR JIMMY CORRIGAN: "This haunting and unshakable book will change the way you look at your world. Ware captures landscapes made to flatten emotion-a clinic shrouded in snow, a sterile apartment complex-and yet shows the reader the meaning and even beauty in every glimpse from a highway, every snippet of small talk." - Time "Jimmy Corrigan pushes the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory." - Chicago Tribune "Graphically inventive, wonderfully realized . . . [Jimmy Corrigan] is wonderfully illustrated in full color, and Ware's spare, iconic drawing style can render vivid architectural complexity or movingly capture the stark despondency of an unloved child." - Publishers Weekly(starred review) "In terms of attention to detail, graceful use of color, and overall design-Ware has no peer. And while each panel is relentlessly polished-never an errant line or lazily rendered image-his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical." -Dave Eggers, in The New York Times Book Review
"Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print…the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels." Publisher Weekly,starred review "Chris Ware's Building Stories is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn't a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader's choice where and how to begin this monumental work-the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end." -J. J. Abrams "Chris (Ware) really changed the playing field. After him, a lot of (cartoonists) really started to scramble and go holy (expletive), 'I think I have to try harder.'" -Seth, author of It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken " Building Storiesis the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year, a story that must be experienced rather than read . . . Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair in a work people will be talking about for a long time." - Publishers Weekly,starred review "A treasure trove of graphic artworks-they're too complex to be called comics-from Ware, master of angst, alienation, sci-fi and the crowded street . . . A dazzling document." - Kirkus,starred review "If there's one release this year that people will be asking you about, odds are it'll be this one…There's no way to get ready for Ware beyond clearing one's calendar, so yes: it's time to start calling babysitters." - Flavorwire "Ware has been consistently pushing the boundaries for what the comics format can look like and accomplish as a storytelling medium…More than anything, though, this graphic novel mimics the kaleidoscopic nature of memory itself-fleeting, contradictory, anchored to a few significant moments, and a heavier burden by the day. In terms of pure artistic innovation, Ware is in a stratosphere all his own." - Booklist, starred review
"In the end, the process Ware recreates here is universal, which is what gives Building Storiesits resonance. The woman''s dream, after all, is everyone''s: the dream of making sense of ourselves, of having things add up. That they don''t, that they can never, is the paradox, and yet what else can we do but try? Here we have the essential question Ware wants us to consider, and his answer-brave, beautiful and brilliant-is the story we build out of this box." David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times "This book is a masterpiece…. Building Storiesis a masterpiece, above all, because it cares about human beings, many of them women. It cares enough to observe human beings closely, both when they are behaving themselves, and when they are engaging in their manifold selfishnesses. It cares enough about them to depict them when they are attractive and when they are singularly unattractive. The contemporary novel, it bears mentioning, does notcare this much, because the contemporary novel is so preoccupied with affirmation that it will not risk what Ware is willing to risk. Perhaps Ware risks in this way because, as a person who began by illustrating, he is willing to seeexactly what's taking place around him, all of it. But by building up his stories from the fragments, from the discontinuous moments, episodes of glancing contact, and the disconnections as well as the connections, he has made something that, if possible, is more literarythan most contemporary literature. The American novel, that is, has a lot to learn from this very convincing and masterful work." Rick Moody, Los Angeles Review of Books "I can guarantee that you, too, will feel an overwhelming sense of wonderment and religious-grade awe as you open the Building Stories box. It's as though you have unearthed god's blueprints for humanity or a treasure trove of someone's very orderly outsider art. This thing, whatever it is, is straight-up super beautiful, and the experience of reading it is like unwrapping birthday presents and choosing your own adventure all at once. It is the joy of reading incarnate, and I don't think I've experienced it so intensely since I was a kid. Building Stories really is a landmark achievement. It mounts a compelling defense for survival of print-like Kidd said, great art can be great business. But more than that, Building Stories offers a greater truth about life: even when it's dark and unpleasant, oh man, it is something to behold." The Rumpus "Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print…the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels." Publisher Weekly,starred review "Chris Ware''s Building Stories is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn''t a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader''s choice where and how to begin this monumental work-the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end." -J. J. Abrams "Chris (Ware) really changed the playing field. After him, a lot of (cartoonists) really started to scramble and go holy (expletive), ''I think I have to try harder.''" -Seth, author of It''s a Good Life If You Don''t Weaken " Building Storiesis the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year, a story that must be experienced rather than read . . . Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair in a work people will be talking about for a long time." - Publishers Weekly,starred review "A treasure trove of graphic artworks-they're too complex to be called comics-from Ware, master of angst, alienation, sci-fi and the crowded street . . . A dazzling document." - Kirkus,starred review "There's no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one."-Zadie Smith "If there's one release this year that people will be asking you about, odds are it'll be this one…There's no way to get ready for Ware beyond clearing one's calendar, so yes: it's time to start calling babysitters." - Flavorwire "Ware has been consistently pushing the boundaries for what the comics format can look like and accomplish as a storytelling medium…More than anything, though, this graphic novel mimics the kaleidoscopic nature of memory itself-fleeting, contradictory, anchored to a few significant moments, and a heavier burden by the day. In terms of pure artistic innovation, Ware is in a stratosphere all his own." - Booklist, starred review "Ware's latest has the makings of a modern classic…At times Ware''s 'great book' feels like it could be about anyone''s life. Other times, it doesn''t feel like a bookat all. It''s a keepsake box full of things you won''t want to forget." Entertainment Weekly, A+ grade " Building Storiesis a momentous event in the world of comics-the unusual format of Ware's book is bound to help redefine yet again what a "graphic novel" can be." New Yorkerblog "Remarkable...all of it is drawn in Ware''s meticulous style, inked in his bright, bold colors, and written in his decidedly literary voice. This is a publishing event; I can''t believe it''s retailing for only 50 bucks." Chicago Reader "This is more than a book; it''s a profusion of printed paper....told in Ware''s instantly recognizable style, with panels so silent and perfectly composed, they''re reminiscent of stained-glass windows."- TIME "Chris Ware is one of the true modern masters of the sequential art medium and an absolute artisan when it comes to showing the beauty of an ugly truth…It's truly masterful storytelling that will be a unique experience for each reader and something that would be impossible in any other medium than print…Each of us in our own way is desperately searching for our own sense of meaning, accomplishment, and self-worth, but anyone who has ever felt their creativity suppressed-or really anyone who has ever clung onto the good in their bad relationship (or the bad in their good relationship)-will see a lot of truth nestled in these almost magical pages. " New York Journal of Books " Building Storieswill only enhance the artist's exalted status within the world of graphic literature…awe-inspiring." St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Quietly defies any pre-existing comic conventions. I couldn't wait to write about how ardently I recommend this collection…The "graphic novel" misnomer masks the breadth of old and new creations compiled in this extremely innovative, fascinating anthology, a bold declaration for the wonders of pulp and ink in the digital age." &ndas
"I have now spent a week in sloppy communion with Building Storiesand am ready to declare it one of the most important pieces of art I have ever experienced. I also sort of want to kill myself...What makes Building Storiesmonumental isn't its unorthodox format. It's Ware's ruthless and tender pursuit of undisguised emotion. His work is brutal in the way all great art is. I can't wait to experience it again." Steve Almond, The New Republic "Stunning…As usual, Mr. Ware's style is a model of compression in both word and picture. Less usual, for the genre as a whole, is the vividness with which he limns his heroine's intense, if fairly ordinary, inner life…The lack of clear structure, much less traditional linearity, turns reading into an unusually active process. This is a great, easily ownable work of art." The New York Times "In the end, the process Ware recreates here is universal, which is what gives Building Storiesits resonance. The woman''s dream, after all, is everyone''s: the dream of making sense of ourselves, of having things add up. That they don''t, that they can never, is the paradox, and yet what else can we do but try? Here we have the essential question Ware wants us to consider, and his answer-brave, beautiful and brilliant-is the story we build out of this box." David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times "This book is a masterpiece…. Building Storiesis a masterpiece, above all, because it cares about human beings, many of them women. It cares enough to observe human beings closely, both when they are behaving themselves, and when they are engaging in their manifold selfishnesses. It cares enough about them to depict them when they are attractive and when they are singularly unattractive. The contemporary novel, it bears mentioning, does notcare this much, because the contemporary novel is so preoccupied with affirmation that it will not risk what Ware is willing to risk. Perhaps Ware risks in this way because, as a person who began by illustrating, he is willing to seeexactly what's taking place around him, all of it. But by building up his stories from the fragments, from the discontinuous moments, episodes of glancing contact, and the disconnections as well as the connections, he has made something that, if possible, is more literarythan most contemporary literature. The American novel, that is, has a lot to learn from this very convincing and masterful work." Rick Moody, Los Angeles Review of Books "There's no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one."-Zadie Smith "Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print…the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels." Publisher Weekly,starred review "Chris Ware''s Building Stories is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn''t a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader''s choice where and how to begin this monumental work-the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end." J. J. Abrams "You could call Storiesa game-changer, except so few besides Ware could ever construct such a retro-aesthetic feat." Washington Post, "Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012" "A treasure trove of graphic artworks-they're too complex to be called comics-from Ware, master of angst, alienation, sci-fi and the crowded street . . . A dazzling document." - Kirkus,starred review "Ware has been consistently pushing the boundaries for what the comics format can look like and accomplish as a storytelling medium…More than anything, though, this graphic novel mimics the kaleidoscopic nature of memory itself-fleeting, contradictory, anchored to a few significant moments, and a heavier burden by the day. In terms of pure artistic innovation, Ware is in a stratosphere all his own." - Booklist, starred review "So far ahead of the game that it tempts you to find fault just to prove that a human made it…Ware is remarkably deft at balancing the demands of fine art, where sentimentality is an error, and those of storytelling, where emotion is everything." New York Times Book Review "Ware's innovative graphic novel deepens and enriches the form by breaking it apart…tackles universal themes including art, sex, family and existential loneliness in a way that's simultaneously playful and profound." The New York Times Book Review, "The 10 Best Books of 2012" " Building Storiesis the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year, a story that must be experienced rather than read . . . Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair in a work people will be talking about for a long time." - Publishers Weekly,starred review "This is more than a book; it''s a profusion of printed paper....told in Ware''s instantly recognizable style, with panels so silent and perfectly composed, they''re reminiscent of stained-glass windows."- TIME "The standout work of the year is Chris Ware's breathtaking treasure chest." Boston Globegift guide " Building Storiesis a momentous event in the world of comics-the unusual format of Ware's book is bound to help redefine yet again what a "graphic novel" can be." New Yorkerblog "Surely, no comic book artist has ever created anything quite like this: a glorious treasure box of sorts containing books, pamphlets, leaflets and old-timey newspapers - all of which tell of the daily struggles of the residents of a Chicago building. Heartbreak and flashes of hope illuminate even the tiniest of panels." San Francisco ChronicleGift Guide "Pages of extraordinary inventiveness…Throughout Building Stories, Ware's attention to the awkward physicality, the constant humiliations and cruelties of human existence is as precise and as brutally funny as it is in his previous work." New York Review of Books "Ware's Building Storiesis a stunning reminder of the capabilities of print, telling a tender and crushing tale of missed opportunities." The Huffington Post "Its brilliance is not debatable…The components of Building Stories can be read and combined and recombined in any order, producing chance connections and beautiful resonances-very much the way life itself does." TIME Top Ten in Fiction "Chris Ware is one of the true modern masters of the sequential art medium and an absolute artisan when it comes to showing the beauty of an ugly truth…It's truly masterful storytelling that will be a unique experience for each r
"Chris Ware's Building Stories is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn't a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader's choice where and how to begin this monumental work-the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end." -J. J. Abrams "Chris (Ware) really changed the playing field. After him, a lot of (cartoonists) really started to scramble and go holy (expletive), 'I think I have to try harder.'" -Seth, author of It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken PRAISE FOR JIMMY CORRIGAN: "This haunting and unshakable book will change the way you look at your world. Ware captures landscapes made to flatten emotion-a clinic shrouded in snow, a sterile apartment complex-and yet shows the reader the meaning and even beauty in every glimpse from a highway, every snippet of small talk." - Time "Jimmy Corrigan pushes the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory." - Chicago Tribune "Graphically inventive, wonderfully realized . . . [Jimmy Corrigan] is wonderfully illustrated in full color, and Ware's spare, iconic drawing style can render vivid architectural complexity or movingly capture the stark despondency of an unloved child." - Publishers Weekly(starred review) "In terms of attention to detail, graceful use of color, and overall design-Ware has no peer. And while each panel is relentlessly polished-never an errant line or lazily rendered image-his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical." -Dave Eggers, in The New York Times Book Review
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New York Times Book Review, Top 10 Books of the Year Time Magazine, Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year Publishers Weekly, Best Book of the Year Kirkus Reviews, Top 10 Fiction of 2012 Newsday, Top 10 Books of 2012 Entertainment Weekly, Gift Guide, A+ Washington Post, Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune, Best Books of the Year Cleveland Plain Dealer, Top 10 Fiction Books of the Year Amazon, Best Books of the Year/Comics Boing Boing, Best Graphic Novel of the Year Time Out New York, Best of 2012 Entertainment Weekly, Best Fiction of 2012 Everything you need to read the new graphic novel Building Stories: 14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it's reassuring-perhaps even necessary-to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colorful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity-while discovering a protagonist wondering if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you're feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep). A pictographic listing of all 14 items (260 pages total) appears on the back, with suggestions made as to appropriate places to set down, forget or completely lose any number of its contents within the walls of an average well-appointed home. As seen in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times and McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Building Stories collects a decade's worth of work, with dozens of "never-before-published" pages (i.e., those deemed too obtuse, filthy or just plain incoherent to offer to a respectable periodical).
Main Description
New York Times Book Review, Top 10 Books of the Year Time Magazine, Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year Publishers Weekly, Best Book of the Year Kirkus Reviews, Top 10 Fiction of 2012 Newsday, Top 10 Books of 2012 Entertainment Weekly, Gift Guide, A+ Washington Post, Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune, Best Books of the Year Cleveland Plain Dealer, Top 10 Fiction Books of the Year Amazon, Best Books of the Year/Comics Boing Boing, Best Graphic Novel of the Year Everything you need to read the new graphic novel Building Stories: 14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it's reassuring-perhaps even necessary-to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colorful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity-while discovering a protagonist wondering if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you're feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep). A pictographic listing of all 14 items (260 pages total) appears on the back, with suggestions made as to appropriate places to set down, forget or completely lose any number of its contents within the walls of an average well-appointed home. As seen in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Timesand McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Building Storiescollects a decade's worth of work, with dozens of "never-before-published" pages (i.e., those deemed too obtuse, filthy or just plain incoherent to offer to a respectable periodical).
Main Description
Everything you need to read the new graphic novel Building Stories: 14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it's reassuring-perhaps even necessary-to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colorful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity-while discovering a protagonist wondering if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you're feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep). A pictographic listing of all 14 items (260 pages total) appears on the back, with suggestions made as to appropriate places to set down, forget or completely lose any number of its contents within the walls of an average well-appointed home. As seen in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Timesand McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Building Storiescollects a decade's worth of work, with dozens of "never-before published" pages (i.e., those deemed too obtuse, filthy or just plain incoherent to offer to a respectable periodical).
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Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Ware's latest book has no deliberate beginning nor end; the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason.

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