JOHN BRANDON’S FIVE BOOKS
- John Brandon’s Five Books
1) One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin
There’s this thing Corin is able to do where the humor (and there’s lots of it, and it’s really great humor) is folded perfectly in with the gravity, and in fact seems to increase the gravity. Sharp. Cool without trying. Utterly winning. -J.B.
2) The Instructions by Adam Levin
Manic. Wise. 1,000 pages plus. How’s that for value? This book’s club is way cooler than the War and Peace club. -J.B.
3) The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony
Get smarter and happier and weirder during quarantine. Not dumb and sad and normal. - J.B.
4) Crabtree by Jon and Tucker Nichols
I guess this is supposed to be for kids, but I’m the one who’s always looking at it. The accumulated images familiar but somehow slightly not—sink me into a buzzy, waking snooze, like a device that’s been set to low-power mode but can still see everything in its memory. A version of meditation, I guess. Hard, apparently, to explain. - J.B.
5) Benny’s Brigade by Arthur Bradford and Lisa Hanawalt
Now more than ever, kids’ books are wanted that don’t make the attending adult want to jam their foot into a blender and hit ‘pulse’. A miniature, singing, crying walrus. A cavalry of slugs. A high-stakes craft project. A beautiful book with beautiful art. - J.B.