Short Takes: Books with Pictures

“Bintel Briefs” was the name of a popular advice column in the early 20th century Jewish daily newspaper The Forward. Artist and author Finck turns a collection of these letters into a graphic novel that gives a glimpse into immigrant and tenement life.

You can read an excerpt here.

Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York (9780062291615) by Liana Finck. $17.99 trade paperback original. 4/15/14 on sale.


Black Francis is, of course, the front man of The Pixies, the iconic indie band that David Bowie said made “just about the most compelling music of the entire 80s.” Fans of Black Francis will not find it a leap that he has written a historical novel about the intersection of sex and surrealism. It is strikingly illustrated by Stephen Appleby who contributed the illustrations on the Pixies’ last album and fills the book with subtle and specific references to the Pixies’ music. Black will be interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition to air the week of April 14.

You can see more spreads here.

The Good Inn (9780062220790) by Black Francis and Josh Frank. $23.99 hardcover. 4/15/14 on sale.


This book found its inspiration in a series of images that graphic designer Fried posted to her website. The book marries famous literary meals with photographs of those meals. The result is surprisingly engaging. Not so unexpected is that these photographs have already appeared in print and digital magazines including The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Today Show, Bon Appétit, and Marie Claire.

See more spreads here.

 Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals (9780062279835) by Dinah Fried. $19.99 hardcover. 4/15/14 on sale.

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