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WHAT IT IS by: Lynda Barry March 28, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     The Lycan Librarian was greatly impressed with this unique work, as Lynda Barry’s book both entertains and inspires. This scrapbook of wisdom and artwork contains tales of  Barry’s own life, drawings, cartoons, memories and impressions from both her youth and adulthood ( a vision which, due to her extremely creative temperament, has altered little throughout the years.)  She tells us what propelled her toward using her natural gift with words and pencil, and she very creatively encourages her readers to find their own momentum so they may fully and joyfully engage in the artistic process.

      This book is one of those treasures which should always be kept out and handy, for it can be read from cover to cover or savored wherever it happens to fall open. Although it seems, on the cover, to be aimed at writers, it is certain to inspire writers, artists, and all creative souls alike. This selection is never shelved at the Moonlit Library, rather it is kept on top of a reading table where it is admired and enjoyed at all hours by a surprising variety of patrons.



1. richfigel - April 4, 2010

Porter – Clicked on your name and found your blog — I’m a huge fan of Lynda Barry’s CRUDDY… have you read it? Very dark, but beautifully written… I’d love to see someone try to adapt that into a movie, but it would be awfully tough because it’s so twisted.

If you haven’t read CRUDDY, get a hold of it. Then hang on, because it’s a wild ride!

Rich Figel

lycan librarian - April 4, 2010

No, I haven’t read CRUDDY yet. I wanted to get another of Lynda’s books, but I get so easily sidetracked at bookstores and on Amazon. I did look it up just now to read about it, and decided to buy it before finishing the first paragraph. Thank you so much for the suggestion! This definitely sounds like my kind of book. I’ll get back to you to rave about it after I read it.

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