Book Reviews: July 2018

The latest from Anne Tyler, Michael E. Northrup, and Liz and Jimmy Reed.

Lauren LaRocca - July 2018

Book Reviews: July 2018

The latest from Anne Tyler, Michael E. Northrup, and Liz and Jimmy Reed.

Lauren LaRocca - July 2018


clock-dance.jpg#asset:63708

Clock Dance

Anne Tyler (Knoff)

In Anne Tyler's latest novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Baltimore author explores the passage of time and how pivotal moments come to define us. In blocks of narrative that skip ahead 10 to 20 years at a time, she tells the story of a rather ordinary character, Willa Drake, whom we meet as a daughter, wife, and mother of adult children who longs to be a grandmother. We see her through love and loss, from childhood into retirement--and we watch as she evolves (albeit slowly). It's Tyler's graceful prose and solid narrative, peppered with her subtle sense of humor, that makes this book a joy to read. Whether it's Willa's straight-and-narrow, slightly miserable second husband; her sardonic little sister; or the badass, motorcycle-riding neighbor in leather pants, these characters come to life off the page, another one of Tyler's gifts.


dream-away.jpg#asset:63709

Dream Away

Michael E. Northrup (Stanley/Barker)

In this beautiful, limited-edition art book, Baltimore's Michael E. Northrup presents a series of 66 photographs of his now ex-wife that revolve around femininity, revealing the girl in the woman and the woman in the girl. These portraits also serve as a love story and an intimate look into the photographer's own life. "As for the subject matter, we met in 1976, married in 1978, and divorced 1988," Northrup says succinctly. We see her life—and body—change as she goes from lover to mother, from casually smoking cigarettes and skinny dipping to donning a bare-bummed baby over her shoulder and modeling breast pumps. Black-and-white images are juxtaposed with color, giving a sense of reflection on past times. With Northrup's imaginative experiments with shadow, strategically placed objects, and curated poses, the moments-in-time feel of a family album is elevated to fine art.



Sweet-Success.jpg#asset:63710

Sweet Success

Liz and Jimmy Reed (Harper)

It’s a riot to follow this little day-in-the-life adventure of heroine Sprinkle Dee Scoops. Sound like a children’s book? It is; the heroine is an ice cream cone who talks. But this picture book is so adorable, clever, and witty, we suspect that adults will be just as drawn to it as kids. The images are miniature set designs made mostly with clay—a clay Sprinkle Dee Scoops, a clay bowl of cereal, a clay chocolate chip cookie and tall glass of milk, and so on. It’s obvious that some creative folks are behind this. After all, what creative person hasn’t struggled with the problem of finishing projects once started?—the central theme of the book. Those creative folks are Liz and Jimmy Reed, a husband-and-wife duo based in Columbia and founders of Cuddles and Rage. Head to their website to see their hilarious take on Romeo and Juliet (the sculpted version), Stranger Things bonus footage, and webcomics that mostly involve characters who are also food.

Sweet-Success-Preview_Starting-a-Project.jpg#asset:63712

Sweet-Success-Preview_Making-Flowers.jpg#asset:63711





You May Also Like


Arts District

Web Series The Whole Bushel Brings Artists Together Over Crabs

The Real News Network show, hosted by Eze Jackson, enters a new phase.

Food & Drink

Fair Play

The Maryland State Fair sticks to its agricultural roots while adapting to the modern times.

MaxSpace

Movie Review: The Wife

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce shine in this film about a troubled literary marriage.


MaxSpace

Movie Review: A Simple Favor

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick shine in this winking film noir.

The Chatter

Ten Things Not to Miss at This Year’s Baltimore Book Festival

There will be more than 100 exhibitors, live concerts, and cooking demos by top chefs.

Arts & Culture

Music Reviews: August 2018

The latest from DDm and Charm City Junction.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Are the Orioles and Adam Jones Headed For a Bad Breakup?: Fan favorite benched again last night as forgettable season nears end.

Maryland Film Festival's Jed Dietz to Retire: Dietz shepherded the growth of the festival and the launch of the Parkway Theatre.

Gundalow Juice Stops Production to Focus on Catering Services: CEO and founder Dana Sicko discusses the next chapter with Gundalow Gourmet.

Baltimore Police Mounted Unit to Add Horses and State-of-the-Art Stable: City officials broke ground on $2.5 million stable at B&O Railroad Museum.

Governor Larry Hogan Tops Ben Jealous by 22 Points in New Poll: More than half of likely voters say they support the incumbent Republican governor.