The Night Bookmobile

  • Type: Books
  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Graphic Novels
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780810996175
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A love letter to the books that make us who we are

Audrey Niffenegger has explored the melancholy, strange, and fantastic in her novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry (staff review). In her new graphic short story The Night Bookmobile, she returns to that familiar territory. Alexandra is a young woman living in Chicago who stumbles upon a mysterious Winnebago parked on a street near her house in the middle of the night. A strange elderly man invites her inside, where she finds shelves and shelves of books; all the books, in fact, that she has ever read. She begs to stay, but the Night Bookmobile’s operating hours (“dusk until dawn”) are over. The Night Bookmobile chronicles her efforts in the years that follow to find the bookmobile again, and reveals the way her life is shaped by her secret yearning for books. Niffenegger’s beautifully painted panels are a surprise and a delight. This is a gorgeous, elegiac story – a must-read for any book-lover.