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DEAD LADIES & DOCUMENTS

our reading list for October 2015


TRANS: A MEMOIR by Juliet Jacques
In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery. Trans tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining herself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics.

BUILDING ART: THE LIFE AND WORK OF FRANK GEHRY by Paul Goldberger
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic comes this look at the life and work of Gehry, who grew up in Toronto – in a brick row house on Beverley Street – and went on to become the most famous architect of our time.

MY DOCUMENTS by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell
Described by Junot Díaz as "a total knockout," the stories in My Documents are as much about storytelling itself as they are about the big and subtle ways that life changed in Chile when Pinochet took power and when Pinochet lost power. 

FUCK SETH PRICE by Seth Price
Price is an artist who works in sculpture, digital painting, and sound installations. And now he's written a novella: a provocative book about what it means to be a creative person in a culture increasingly dominated by the digital.

WHEN THE SICK RULE THE WORLD by Dodie Bellamy
Memoir, manifesto, cultural critique – Bellamy fuses all these forms in her exceptional essays. Here she examines illness and the ways that we view sick bodies, sick societies, and even a sick city, in this case San Francisco, a city plagued by infectious gentrification. 
 

THE DEAD LADIES PROJECT: EXILES, EXPATS, AND EX-COUNTRIES by Jessa Crispin
Crispin takes a trip across the world, making pilgrimages to the places where some of her favourite artists found exile. From Jean Rhys in London to Nora Barnacle in Trieste, she shows how these artists fled homes that stifled them and discovered homes in which they could feel free. 

MARVELS by Brian Selznick
Selznick, a Caldecott Award winner, is a master storyteller. The Marvels is a tall tale intertwined with illustrations, a saga that begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of five generations of his family. A delightful book for kids and adults alike.