The backstory: I thoroughly enjoyed Niffenegger's previous illustrated novels The Adventuress (my review) and The Three Incestuous Sisters (my review), so I was eager to read her latest graphic novel as soon as I heard about it.
The basics: Alexandra goes for a walk one night and discovers a bookmobile. When she enters, she finds every book she's ever read, including her diary and textbooks. It's her personal library.
My thoughts: The Night Bookmobile is a quick, enchanting read book lovers will certainly enjoy. Niffenegger's trademark creepiness sneaks in, and I loved it. It's a daring story with hints of sweetness and sadness.
Favorite passage: "Have you ever found your heart's desire and then lost it? I had seen myself, a portrait of myself as a reader. My childhood hours spent in airless classrooms, days home sick from school reading Nancy Drew, forbidden books read secretively late at night. Teenage years reading--trying to read--books I'd heard were important. Naked Lunch and The Fountainhead, Ulysses and Women in Love...It was as though I had dreamt the perfect lover, who vanished as I woke, leaving me pining and surly."
The verdict: If you're a book lover, treat yourself to this haunting, enchanting tale of how what we read shapes us.
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Length: 40 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2010
Source: my local public library
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