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The Reason She Left: and other stories Paperback – September 18, 2011
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About the Author
Kristen Baumgardner Caven has worked as an explorer of ideas and perception in a variety of forms. She is "drawn to story," though she also values one-liners and images layered with meaning. In addition to her memoir, Caven has co-written and illustrated several books with author Louise Hart. Her novelty items are available at www.littlepig.com.
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Current or former students of St. John's College - the "Great Books School" - will especially enjoy this book, with it's knowing references to the school and it's curriculum. But it goes beyond the school - well beyond. It's a true pleasure watching the main character wind her way through the world, learning, growing, always playful and a little wacky. The author has a open-minded, alternative way of seeing the world that is so refreshing. She avoids the cynicism of so many cartoonists, and instead embraces the best kind of humor - the kind that is hilarious but hurts nobody. The book is a suprise and a delight. Highly recommended!
Kristen Caven chronicles her inner world during college at St. John's in Santa Fe and Mills in Oakland, including her emotional turmoil, her many philosophical epiphanies, her fabulously eccentric friends and professors, and her well-meaning but relatively retarded family members.
If you are thinking about attending a liberal arts college, or hoping to remember those somewhat hazy "best four years of your life" when you attended a liberal-arts college, then this is the comic book for you. In my humble opinion, Kristen is every bit as funny and artistically talented as Larry Gonnick (Who wrote the Cartoon Guide to just about everything), as analytical as Aristotle and as supercilious as Socrates.
This book is hilarious yet intellectually challenging, in the fine literary tradition that bridges Plato's Republic, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road", and Mad Magazine.
one, because it goes still deeper. Remarkable how this author can use the
medium of cartooning to address profound subjects and issues, beginning with the ingenious and tantalizing
double-meaning of the title. Yet with the art that conceals Art, she deftly
avoids the treacherous shoals of ponderous intellectual exposition. As a
matter of fact, in some sections she completely bypasses it.
When I someday re-read this book, it is reasonable to suppose that it shall
take me even longer to get thru. I feel certain this shall be worth the
Would Plato have used graphics if he'd had some decent software? I kinda think so.