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the casual-ass internet book club: may 2k13

From Amazon: Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

Four months, four books read and posted about! Who knew I was capable of such stick-to-it-iveness? Almost makes me want to revisit the Festive-Ass Flicks project this year! Almost. Kind of.

In order to continue to diversify the books I read, I chose Lucy Knisley’s Relish for May’s book which is because it’s a book written by a woman and made up of pictures. Did you know people draw stuff and tell stories by putting those drawings in order and adding words? Crazy!1 I’ve been reading Knisley’s web content on and off for a long time and I’ve always found her art cheerful and her stories compelling, so what better way to expand my book horizons than to pay her some money and read her book?

So here’s the plan as always!

1. Read the book!
2. Post about it on the internet*
3. Link me to your post in the comments here
4. I’ll do a round-up post on June 1st-ish and announce the next book
5. We can have a casual-ass comment party about the book
6. REPEAT

Your site, Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, even Twitter is fine! (Just Storify and link!) Whatever works for you!

This is a very casual, kick-back, low-expectations, low-effort deal! I just like the idea of reading the same book and then hearing what people think about it. That’s literally it. FUN, YES?! Good.

If you have suggestions for the next book, please please please comment with them and tell me! I’d appreciate if it was available on Kindle, but that’s the only requirement.

Share this with people if you do it! Tell me if you’re going to do it! Tell everyone!

*Even if you don’t get the book finished and posted about by the end of the month in which we’re reading it, do it and link me anyway! I will add it to the round-up post no matter how late it is and you know I always want to talk about things I’ve read!

1 This is me being facetious. I’ve never before read a standalone graphic novel (that I can think of at the moment) but I do read a buttload of comics.