The Night Bookmobile

The Night Bookmobile

Book - 2010
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Audrey Niffenegger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry , has crafted her first graphic novel after the success of her two critically acclaimed "novels-in-pictures ." First serialized as a weekly column in the UK's Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories.

The Night Bookmobile is a haunting tale of both transcendence and the passion for books, and features the evocative full-color pen-and-ink work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2010
ISBN: 9780810996175
0810996170
Branch Call Number: Arts 741.5 NIF

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 07, 2018

Average graphic novel left me with no lasting effects.

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ryner
May 25, 2017

While out walking one night, narrator Alexandra spies an old camper parked alongside the street and discovers upon entering that it's actually a bookmobile -- an extraordinary bookmobile which displays on its shelves every book Alexandra has ever read, from childhood to the present. She is entranced, but when dawn arrives the experience is over. Although it is many years before she encounters the vehicle again, the experience affects her life significantly.

What obsessive reader hasn't fantasized about a visual collection of every title she has ever read in her lifetime? This graphic novel unfolds in ways both dreamy and dark (inappropriate for children), but is unforgettable.

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librarybella
Feb 11, 2016

audio book not available yet 2/16

mallc Apr 29, 2015

Magical

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AC_YYC
Dec 27, 2014

Awesome in its scope when you consider the possibilities of everybody's Night Bookmobiles (especially those of Librarians!!) although, sorry you will have to read the book to know what I mean. Haunting, Lyrical and Beautiful - if slightly creepy... but the last is not surprising. I would say slightly creepy is sort of a Niffenegger trademark. (emphasis on Slightly).

KateHillier Dec 20, 2013

Well that escalated quickly! I was on board, more or less, with this story until the last few pages. They come out of nowhere! All of a sudden it's just devastating. Am I meant to be happy at the end? Am I meant to be sad? I don't really know. The author's afterword sort of gives a little bit of context but it still is hard hitting in not the good way. Not that I expect my books to be gentle with me but the leap that the book takes from a woman who, at least as I see it, wants to know more about the bookmobile and wants to just stay there and when she's told that she can't...

And then the end comes. Out of almost nowhere.

emilymelissabee Dec 06, 2013

Like other commenters, I was enthralled with the idea of this title until it took a very dark turn. This book should have a trigger warning for those who have experienced clinical depression. The writing was enjoyable, but this author is clearly a novice when it comes to the graphic novel style - the speech balloon placement made conversations very difficult to follow. I wanted so badly to love this little book! Instead, I feel a bit traumatized.

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Jane_Sm
Oct 23, 2013

An intriguing premise turns to the dark side, as a librarian slides into the stereotype of preferring books to real life. Being someone for whom books are an enrichment and a doorway to people and life, I found this story sad and depressing.

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alyssaj91
Oct 02, 2013

As I was browsing the shelves I picked up this book and I finished it almost immediately. It is a quick little graphic novel that doesn't have the best illustrations but the story is based on what we all have to endure. Having a dream and accomplishing our dreams. The main character in this book did "accomplish" her dream of working in the Night Bookmobile, even if her methods were very surprising. But in the end she was finally where she was meant to be. Love this story!

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waltzingechidna
Sep 17, 2013

A surprisingly comforting little fable. Like other commenters, I resisted reading it for some time, but when I got around to it I was immediately drawn in. Certainly not representative of all librarians (as if!), but rather, an exploration of the ways our obsessions can shape us.

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Ann Langone Apr 04, 2011

While walking alone, late one night, Alexandra comes across a bookmobile, manned by a weird little librarian and full of all the books and ephemera that she, herself, has ever read. She is fascinated and forgets the time as she revisits her past-- books and journals, magazines and cereal boxes. When the sun rises the librarian tells her she must leave. She is now fascinated, even consumed with the bookmobile--it changes her life. She seeks and finds the bookmoble several more times in her life-- her life forever changed, as she reads to build her collection. NIght Bookmobile, which always has a Twilight-Zonish quality to it, takes a very dark, though not unanticipated, turn that is still very disturbing. A thought provoking story.

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