Inbox/Outbox: January 19, 2018

I read a lot of books, and this week happened to be a good #bookmail week, along with picking up some other books, thanks to a gift card I got. This isn’t an exhaustive list (that would be a bit long), but these are the highlights. Now I just need the time to read everything…

Inbox (Books Acquired)

 Old in Art School by Nell Painter

This gorgeous ARC landed in my mailbox this week—it comes out in June—and is a memoir about starting over. It’s also about women and aging, how women and artists (and women artists) are seen and perceived by others, and who gets to define what an “artist” is, among other things. I’m super excited to read this one.

Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere by Hillary Chute

I’m working on a project about comics, so this book was acquired for “research purposes,” but I’m looking forward to reading about various themes in comics and learning more about comics culture. It’s pretty heavy, and it looks chock full of info, so this should be a good read.

Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat! Vol 1: Hooked on a Feline by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Natasha Allegri

I’ve never read any Hellcat, but I’ve heard good things about it. Plus, I follow Kate Leth on Instagram and she’s hella cool.

Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch

I got this ARC in the mail this week—the pub date is 2/27—and this is a subject close to my heart. Women are often simultaneously over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misdiagnosed across a variety of fields, and this book looks like it will be really interesting in the fact that it combines reportage, memoir, and criticism to address a serious issue.

Outbox (what I’ve finished)

Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In by Anjali Kumar

Seal Press sent me a finished copy of this, and it sounded interesting enough. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. After Kumar’s daughter was born, she found herself on a spiritual quest to find God; this was surprising, considering she was not religious, and was highly analytical and doubting, herself. Kumar is witty, thoughtful, and makes you want to be her best friend. From a silent retreat, to dabbling with mediums, to Burning Man, witches, and transcendental meditation, Kumar’s memoir goes there, literally.

Batgirl Vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vicente Cifuentes

I’ve read various Batgirl trades lately, and this one was definitely one of the darker ones. Part of the New 52, Simone is wonderful, as always, and the story is good—but after reading Larson’s Batgirl, this one was decidedly darker. It’s not a bad thing, but was a bit jarring.

In the Queue (What’s next)

The Motherhood Affidavits by Laura Jean Baker

A memoir about a woman addicted to childbearing? As a newish mom, this struck me as simultaneously understandable and horrifying. But it’s more than just that—the book also weaves in Baker’s husband’s work as a public defender and the effects of his job and Baker’s cravings on their marriage and relationships. I can’t wait to get started with this book.

 

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