A perfect book to start the new year, Anna Karenina serves as one of the densest and most enjoyable pieces of fiction ever written. It has it all: torrid love affairs, gowned balls and parties, backstabbing aristocrats, and geek tragedy. Serving as a rich panoramic view of 1800’s Russia, it has countless plot-lines and characters, but the heart of the story lies within Anna Karenina’s tortured and adulterous love for Count Vronksy, at the expense of everything else in her life. Though people are often intimidated by the size of the novel, its actually a swift read, the characters are so vivid and real, you’ll find yourself racing through the pages eager to discover their fate. Called “The Greatest Novel” by both William Faulkner and Dostoevsky, you can’t beat those kind of reviews.
Fun House, as the author jokingly calls the Funeral House in which she was raised, is a portrait of Alison Bechdel’s kooky family, her coming out, and her blossoming graphic novelist career. Bechdel gained a devout following with her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” , before writing this masterpiece. Proving that graphic novels can be as emotional poignant as any written work. This book is so funny that I was getting stomach aches from laughing so hard.
I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my January shortlist. David Byrne knows his music. The official amazon review raves, “As the creative force behind Talking Heads and many solo and collaborative ventures, he’s been writing, playing, and recording music for decades. What is surprising is how well his voice translates to the page. In this wide-ranging, occasionally autobiographical analysis of the evolution and inner workings of the music industry, Byrne explores his own deep curiosity about the “patterns in how music is written, recorded, distributed, and received.” This seems like a great pick for the musically inclined, and David Byrne is a god to me, so I going to take a leap of faith and recommend this unread!