Short Take: Oh the Moon – Charlyne Yi

Yi is a poet, comedian, musician, painter, and writer. You may remember her for her role in Knocked Up or from her hilarious and hilariously odd appearances on late night TV. She’s been compared to Andy Kaufman. And readers of this collection of stories and drawings may well have the same kind of what-to-make-of-it of reaction to Yi’s work that Kaufman’s work could evoke. But Yi is by no means derivative; she’s a similar one-of-a-kind performer and writer whose work sneaks up on you.

Oh the Moon is an Indie Next Pick and you can catch Yi talking with Conan O’Brien on 11/9/15.

“Charlyne Yi’s debut book of illustrated stories snagged my heart from the start and left it shaken, squeezed and full. Her deceptively simple narratives and sketchy illustrations reminiscent of Shel Silverstein shift smoothly the mood smoothly from surreal to touching to utterly charming, and drifted happily around in my head for hours. Highly recommended for daydreamers, artists, and lovers of life!”
— Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI

“Wow. Not what I expected. It was incredibly sad and I almost cried a few times. It said a lot with few words. The illustrations were beautiful and sometimes perfect in their simplicity. A few small dots on a page told me more than a full page of text would have been able to. Most of it was weird, but in a very good way. Every story made me think.”
— Kate Schreffler, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY

 

Oh the Moon: Stories from the Tortured Mind of Charlyne Yi (9780062363299) by Charlyne Yi. $16.99 trade paper original. 11/3/15 on sale.

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