Brooklyn Writers’ Favorite Books of 2012

12/17/2012 5:00 AM |

Helen Phillips, Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
This graphic memoir is a particularly intense read if you happen to be a mother (I read it while nursing my newborn) or a daughter, or if you’ve ever had to navigate the space between your parents’ dreams and your own.
 
Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino
It’s impossible not to love this charming/profound collection of short stories. Bertino’s narrators include a girl who brings Bob Dylan home for Thanksgiving, a young woman who attempts to recover from a breakup by moving in with a bunch of nuns, and a college student whose friends possess superpowers. In Bertino’s world, the mundane and the magical are one.
 
Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman
Another great nursing read. The scathing evocation of a Park Slope playground will amuse (and resonate with) locals. This book helps answer the age-old question “Why are those European kids not acting like brats?” My husband and I will do our best to promote self-reliance, patience, and a broad palate… but, unlike some French parents Druckerman describes, we probably won’t send our daughter to sleepaway camp at age four.