The header image for LAURUSTINA.COM is from my home and shows my favorite shelf on a sturdy bookcase in a room wall-to-wall with books and art. It seems odd that I haven't written anything about some of these books. There is much to say (and not just how Fear of Flying has cozied up to Nick Cave and Neil Gaiman). I'll get to work on that ASAP, but in the meantime, here's a quick list (L to R) with links to the books and their writers. Do check them out.

HildNicola Griffith

The CrowJames O’Barr

PersepolisMarjane Satrapi

Emerald IceDiane Wakoski

And the Ass Saw the AngelNick Cave

Fear of FlyingErica Jong

American Gods Neil Gaiman

The Spice Merchant’s DaughterChristina Arokiasamy

Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates

Dirty WeekendHelen Zahavi

Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston

Women Who EatLeslie Miller (Editor)

The Color PurpleAlice Walker

The Complicated Geography of Alice

The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros

One Man’s TrashIvan E. Coyote

I Am a Red Dress Anna Camilleri

The PagodaPatricia Powell

LucyJamacia Kincaid

Written On The BodyJeanette Winterson

ValenciaMichelle Tea

Yom Kippur a Go-GoMatthue Roth

The End of San FranciscoMattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Dear Catastrophe WaitressBrendan Halpin

DonorboyBrendan Halpin

Fun HomeAlison Bechdel

The Portable Henry Rollins

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in HeavenSherman Alexie