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Waiting On Wednesday – February 23, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Another Wednesday, another day I’m waiting with barely contained excitement for awesome books to be released. This Wednesday, I’m spotlighting Positively Introverted : Finding Your Way in a World Full of People by Maureen Marzi Wilson.

I’ve loved every single book of Wilson’s that I’ve read. Nonfiction usually isn’t my jam, but it helps that her books are humorous nonfiction graphic novels. Each of her books has reflected some part of the introvert in me in all the best ways. So I obviously had to make a post about this upcoming title.

Positively Introverted releases April 5, 2022.

"Positively Introverted" by Maureen Marzi Wilson (cover)
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ABOUT: Discover how introverts can succeed in a world designed for extroverts with this advice-driven collection of words and illustrations.

Self-proclaimed introvert and creator of Introvert Doodles, Marzi Wilson, knows introverts are still a thriving community. Now she’s back sharing her introvert expertise with a brand-new advice-driven collection of words and illustrations, offering insight on how introverts can succeed in life, focusing on relationships, mental health, career success, and more!


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
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Book Review: Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Collection of Life’s Awkward Moments by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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Cover of Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson
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Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Whoever said there’s strength in numbers lied. Meet Marzi. She’s an introvert who often finds herself in awkward situations. Marzi used to feel strange about her introverted tendencies. Not anymore! Now she knows that there are tons of introverts out there just like her–introverts who enjoy peace and quiet, need time alone to recharge their battery, and who prefer staying in with their pet and a good book to awkward social interactions. Just like Marzi, these introverts can often be found in libraries, at home watching Netflix, brainstorming excuses to miss your next party, or doodling cute cartoons. Being an introvert in an extrovert world isn’t always easy, but it certainly is an adventure. In Introvert Doodles, follow Marzi through all of her most uncomfortable, charming, honest, and hilarious moments that everyone–introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between–can relate to.

 

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Introvert Doodles was like looking in a mirror. I felt a deep connection with Marzi as she illustrates in honest and humorous details the trials and tribulations introverts experience, how we think, feel and behave, the meaning of the awkward things we tend to say, but as all the wonderful beautiful things that make up introverts.

“Introverts want you to know…I am more than ‘quiet.’ I am intensely focused and wildly creative. I’m PASSIONATE about my work and/or hobbies.”

It’s not often I read a book I relate to so considerably or see myself so clearly. Readers won’t relate to everything in this book nor is this the 100% truth about all introverts since this is one person’s experiences. But as Marzi points out, no matter if you’re an “introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between,” you may find some part of the story that resonates with you. This is what I love most about this book.

I adore and appreciate Introvert Doodle and would recommend it to others if you like graphic novels, candid, funny moments, and learning about personality types.


Maureen Marzi Wilson

The Little Book of Big Feelings

Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety

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ARC Review: Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture by Zeba Blay

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Thank you St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Carefree Black Girls is set to be released October 19, 2021.

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Genre: Nonfiction, Essays
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: An empowering and celebratory portrait of Black women—from Josephine Baker to Aunt Viv to Cardi B.

In 2013, film and culture critic Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term #carefreeblackgirls on Twitter. As she says, it was “a way to carve out a space of celebration and freedom for Black women online.”

In this collection of essays, Carefree Black Girls, Blay expands on this initial idea by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in American culture–writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars–whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Blay celebrates the strength and fortitude of these Black women, while also examining the many stereotypes and rigid identities that have clung to them. In writing that is both luminous and sharp, expansive and intimate, Blay seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women and their art are appreciated and celebrated.

 

My Review: Nonfiction is a genre way outside my comfort zone. Essays I am familiar with, but pop culture…uh, not so much.

I’ve never reviewed a collection of essays before so bear with me while I try to compile my thoughts into something organized and coherent.

Carefree Black Girls is comprised of an introduction and 8 essays:

  • Body: The historical perception and misuse of Black women’s bodies and its negative, harmful impact.
  • She’s A Freak: The regulation of Black women’s bodies and their sexuality. The backlash over any agency exerted that goes against those regulations.
    Man, This Shit Is Draining: Black women don’t have the freedom to express their anger with repercussions compared to others who do the same or worse.
  • Extra Black: Colorism and its correlation to beauty, desirability, and marketability of lighter skin tones versus darker skin tones, such as in Hollywood castings.
  • #Cardibissoproblematic: The author’s feelings about Cardi B, her fame, her place in pop culture, her words and actions, and her feud with Nicki Minaj.
  • Girlhood: The images of Black women that left an impression on the author growing up versus what she knows now of the realities those images represented. The author’s feelings of recognition towards Mel B and how Mel B navigated spaces not meant for people like her.
  • Strong Black Lead: Black women and mental health as well as the author’s struggles with her own mental health. (CW: anxiety, depression, suicide – 24/7 resources below)
  • Free of Cares: What does it mean for Black women to be carefree? and the concept of freedom.

These were very well-written essays with enviable poise, details, structure, clarity, and sureness that I wish I’d had even a speck of whenever I had to write essays in school. Each essay focused on an idea that was heavily reinforced by a ton of source material – interviews, books, essays, artwork, movies, songs lyrics, tweets, Instagram stories, speeches, and so much more. Even when I didn’t know what the author was referencing – like with some Twitter happenings or much of the Cardi B essay – I could still more or less grasp the point she was trying to make. She makes a lot of compelling arguments and states the sad but real truths that tend to be ignored, glossed over or outright dismissed.

Carefree Black Girls is raw and thought-provoking. It discussed truths about the struggles and hardships Black women are still subjected. I liked how the author wove in her own experiences – as hard as some of those still are to talk about – to illustrate her points. Not always as the 100% proof but as personal examples and perspective of how she came to certain conclusions.

The book is very engaging. I felt various emotions while reading it. For me, there were several moments of retrospection and introspection. Parts of others I saw myself in. But there also were a few parts I wasn’t too sure about or disagreed with to varying degrees.

Carefree Black Girls had a solid structure, was vividly detailed, and had a strong voice. The topics were relevant to the past, present, and future of our world and who we are as people. Overall, a good read.


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Book Review: Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Mental Health
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “I forgive myself for what I couldn’t do today, and resolve to try again tomorrow. It is enough to just keep trying. I. Am. Enough.”

ABOUT: If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—wouldn’t it be nice to have someone around that understood exactly what you were going through?

Meet Marzi! She struggles with anxiety just like you. In Kind of Coping, join Marzi as she (kind of) copes with her own anxiety from day to day, finding the humor in her condition with this collection of funny, encouraging, and supportive comics that show you the best you can do sometimes is just kind of cope—and that’s totally OK!

Whether it’s a panic attack or an awkward social snafu, Marzi knows what you are going through. With over 150 full-color doodles that deliver hope and inspiration, unconditional support, and big laughs, let Marzi share her journey with you.

 

My Review: Another great read from Maureen Marzi Wilson. I absolutely loved Kind of Coping for its authenticity and realism about life with anxiety.

I loved how honest and personal Marzi was while at the same time adding humor to the narrative. The narrative is illustrated in different ways, which made each page a worthwhile and informative read.

A question that stood out to me was, “Why does it feel more acceptable to be physically ill than mentally ill?” This stuck with me because there is still a negative stigma surrounding mental health, making others reluctant to seek help or be ashamed by it.

Kind of Coping creates an open and safe place to talk about the hard parts of mental health and anxiety. It aptly explains what anxiety is, what it looks like, and feels like in all its complex layers. I liked the different coping strategies and the tips people can use to understand and help someone with anxiety. It reminds the reader over and over that it’s okay to not feel okay or worried and that there’s always something you can do about it if you keep trying.

Kind of Coping is a super creative way to talk about anxiety. I could relate to much of what’s talked about in the book and I adored the illustrations. I highly recommend Kind of Coping to everyone because mental health matters.


More by Maureen Marzi Wilson

The Little Book of Big Feelings (ARC review)

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November 2019 – Upcoming Anticipated Book Releases

NOVEMBER 5

The Deep by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

 

Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 4) by Sorata Akizuki

Manga, Graphic Novel, Shojo, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

A romantic retelling of a classic fairy tale about a beautiful herbalist and a lovestruck prince.

Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! Unwilling to become the prince’s possession, she seeks shelter in the woods of the neighboring kingdom, where she gains an unlikely ally—the prince of that kingdom! He rescues her from her plight, and thus begins the love story between a lovestruck prince and an unusual herbalist.

Shirayuki is determined to help Kiharu and her bird Popo prove their necessity to the kingdom. She even goes so far as to risk her life to see Popo home! When she succeeds, Zen kisses Shirayuki for the first time! Now she can’t get that kiss out of her head. Will she be able to keep her cool around the man she’s falling for?

 

NOVEMBER 19

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

Young Adult Fiction

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious.

It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration.

Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting?

Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs?

Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

 

NOVEMBER 26

The Little Book of Big Feelings by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson

Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Self-Help

We’ve been conditioned to think that the most acceptable response to “How are you?” is, “I’m fine.” But our emotions are much more complicated than that! Sometimes we feel a little annoyed, or elated, or afraid. And you know, that’s okay!

In The Little Book of Big Feelings, Maureen “Marzi” Wilson takes us on a journey of self-acceptance and validation. After all, our emotions are only reactions to experiences that we can learn from; there’s no such thing as a “bad” emotion. It’s okay to be scared, it’s alright to feel hopeful, and it’s perfectly fine to feel both at the same time. There is a wide range of human emotions, and it’s time we start embracing each one!

 

A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant

Adult Contemporary Romance, Western, Fiction

In the Heart of Texas, a heartthrob cowboy may get his second chance at love…

Danny Oldman, the handsome Lone Star sheriff, is still single. He tells himself, and anyone who asks, that he is married to his job―and what matters most is keeping the people of his beloved Texas hometown safe. The truth? Danny still hasn’t gotten over his high school crush. She moved away after graduation and took Danny’s heart with her.

Skylar Long never thought she would have to flee Houston and return home―where it all began for her. But that’s what happened after the man of her dreams turned out to be an actual nightmare. Now, Skylar is desperate to escape her obsessive boyfriend. Nothing shocks her more than seeing Danny again and realizing that their long-ago attraction is more powerful than ever. But can she and Danny find a way to fight against Skylar’s wealthy, powerful ex who is dead set on tearing them apart?

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ARC Book Review: “The Little Book of Big Feelings” by Maureen Marzi Wilson

FULL TITLE: “The Little Book of Big Feelings: An Illustrated Exploration of Life’s Many Emotions”

Thank you to Adams Media and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review. The Little Book of Big Feelings by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson is set to published November 26, 2019.

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Genre: Graphic Novel, Self-Help, Nonfiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: We’ve been conditioned to think that the most acceptable response to “How are you?” is, “I’m fine.” But our emotions are much more complicated than that! Sometimes we feel a little annoyed, or elated, or afraid. And you know, that’s okay!

In The Little Book of Big Feelings, Maureen “Marzi” Wilson takes us on a journey of self-acceptance and validation. After all, our emotions are only reactions to experiences that we can learn from; there’s no such thing as a “bad” emotion. It’s okay to be scared, it’s alright to feel hopeful, and it’s perfectly fine to feel both at the same time. There is a wide range of human emotions, and it’s time we start embracing each one!

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My Review:
The title is very apt to what is described and visualized in this book. I found what I was reading and seeing very relabtable in actions and reactions, which made for a very endearing yet introspective read. Some of the things in it were so scarily accurate. It’s almost like the author and I are long lost twins – spooky!

I love how the drawings are just okay. I think the simplicity embellishes the author’s intent. “Okay” is such a simple, short word. Two-syllables. But the author describes all the emotions that can be packed within words like “okay” and “fine.”

This was a good read and I’d definitely recommend it to others who may be struggling but also for enjoyment.

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Scholastic Book Fair Mini Haul

I attended a Scholastic Book Fair and brought home a few goodies. There were so many fantastic things that it was difficult not to buy more. I haven’t been to a book fair in a very long time so this was one of the biggest things that I was looking forward to this month.

Here’s what I got:

 

Crock Pot recipe book for my Mom (which I don’t have a picture of)

Two very adorable bookmarks

 

A Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Journal

 

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton


Summary (via Goodreads): Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

 

and…..Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson


Summary (via Goodreads): . . . Middle school is all about labels.

Izzy is the dreamer. There’s nothing Izzy loves more than acting in skits and making up funny stories. The downside? She can never quite focus enough to get her schoolwork done.

Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there’s more to her than just a report card full of As. At the same time, she wishes her mom would accept her the way she is and stop bugging her to “break out of her shell” and join drama club.

The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.


AND, AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

 

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TBR At A Glance – 9/4/18

*Quick Note: This is my newest list in full. I’ve added several new titles and removed a few titles. Also…new header image for this type of post!

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Manga

Fruits Basket (17-end)
Attack on Titan
Vampire Knight

 

Recently Added

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, Pictures by Julia Kuo
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
George by Alex Gino
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush, book 1)
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong
Sahara Special by Esmé Codell
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson
The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith
The Underdogs by Mike Lupica
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

 

Other Books

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson, book 1)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, book 1)
Under A Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau, book 16)
Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms, book 1)
Slathbog’s Gold by M. L. Forman (Adventurers Wanted, book 1)
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)
Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)
Loved by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of Night Other World, book 1)
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (Circle Reforged, book 3)
River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)
Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)
The White Spell by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 10)
The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 11)

 

Re-Reads

Fire by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm, book 2)
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (The Heir Chronicles, book 1)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (The Books of Bayern, book 1)
If I Had You by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 2)
When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 4)
This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 6)
The More I See You by Lynn Kurland (de Piaget, book 7)
A Garden In the Rain by Lynn Kurland (MacLeod, book 4)
Star In The Morning by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 1)
The Mage’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 2)
Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 3)
Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Stolarz (Touch, book 1)
Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 2)

 

Books To Buy

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (The Queen’s Rising, book 1)
Blood and Sand
by C. V. Wyk (Blood and Sand, book 1)
Born In Fire
by K. F. Breene (Fire and Ice Trilogy, book 1)
Labyrinth Lost
by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, book 1)
For Darkness Shows The Stars
by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars, book 1)
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty
The Relic War
 by Stel Pavlou (Daniel Coldstar, book 1)
Thirteen Rising
by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)
Prophecy Accepted
by Tamar Sloan (Prime Prophecy, book 2)
Assassin Study
by Maria V. Snyder (Study, book 1.5)
Power Study
by Maria V. Snyder (Study, book 3.5)
Ice Study
by Maria V. Snyder (Study, book 3.6)
Shadowstorm
by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 6)

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Black History Month 2018: Recommended Reading and Related Works

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For Black History Month, I wanted to share some of my favorite novels, poems and related works that I have read. I really enjoyed reading these and learned so much history from. The words written within are so powerful, moving, raw, and captivating.


“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
— Maya AngelouThe Complete Collected Poems

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chesnutt

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass

“We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Classic Slave Narratives by Henry Louis Gates

Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted by Frances E. W. Harper

I Have A Dream (speech) by Martin Luther King Jr.

“On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phillis Wheatley


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 
 — Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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A Theory of Adaptation by Linda Hutcheon

Continuing from yesterday’s post concerning adaptation, I wanted to share with you all a great, insightful text on said subject: A Theory of Adaptation by Linda Hutcheon. I discovered this book in school for class. It’s rather intriguing how Hutcheon closely examines adaptation across media platforms and how it coincides with storytelling. I can only recommend the 2nd Edition, Paperback, 2012/2013 version of the book as that is the copy we learned from – I don’t know how different or same the over editions are from this one.

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Summary (via Goodreads):

A Theory of Adaptation explores the continuous development of creative adaptation, and argues that the practice of adapting is central to the story-telling imagination. Linda Hutcheon develops a theory of adaptation through a range of media, from film and opera, to video games, pop music and theme parks, analyzing the breadth, scope and creative possibilities within each.

This new edition is supplemented by a new preface from the author, discussing both new adaptive forms/platforms and recent critical developments in the study of adaptation. It also features an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O Flynn, focusing on adaptation in the context of digital media. She considers the impact of transmedia practices and properties on the form and practice of adaptation, as well as studying the extension of game narrative across media platforms, fan-based adaptation (from Twitter and Facebook to home movies), and the adaptation of books to digital formats.

A Theory of Adaptation is the ideal guide to this ever evolving field of study and is essential reading for anyone interested in adaptation in the context of literary and media studies.

 

Book Specs, according to Goodreads:
First Published: 2006 by Routledge

Cover Edition Published (shown above): August 27th 2012 by Routledge
Paperback | Nonfiction, Literary Criticism, Academic, Reference


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!