Surrealist Landscapes

You’re at the opera house as ushers guide people to their seats. You’re cushioned on your seat, on the second floor, as you marvel at an opulent chandelier. You’re amazed at the site of the single steel rope which holds it firm in glorious suspension. As you stare at the array of jewels you notice one of them turns off and on. The closer you stare the more wonder overtakes you. It’s a frog with gems as eyes! Blinking rather insouciantly. The lights dim to signal the opera will shortly begin. And in that descension of a soft darkness, the frog stares at you; a ruby wink sends you off.  

Surrealism is a way of taking usual objects, places, people and placing them in unusual circumstances. Think of Dali’s famous clocks in “The Persistence of Memory” melting away with curvatures of slumped, syrupy pancakes in an open, arid landscape.  

These titles work in a similar logic. Brimming with dreamy and nightmarish moments, these titles are a fillip for our imaginations. 

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Asadora! Vol. 1

A deadly typhoon, a mysterious creature and a girl who won’t quit. 


Scarlett has always dreamed of escaping her abusive father, and going to the faraway world of Caraval with her sister, Tella. After years of writing to the founder of Caraval, Legend,  she finally receives the invitation for she and Tella to participate in the magical world of Caraval. Once there, however, Tella is kidnapped, forcing Scarlett to rely on a mysterious sailor to both save her sister, and navigate the complicated and dangerous waters of the game. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

The Daughters of Ys

After the queen’s death, her daughters drift apart and follow different paths but must eventually reunite to try to stop an evil from overtaking their city. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Grief Keeper

After escaping a detention center at the U.S. border, seventeen-year-old Marisol agrees to participate in a medical experiment hoping to keep herself and her younger sister from being deported to El Salvador. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Nichijou = My Ordinary Life, Vol. 1

Set in a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer, or a robot hide the school lunches, the days that unfold in Nichijou are curious and hilarious, if not downright bizarre.

When the Moon Was Ours

Best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable–roses grow out of Miel’s wrists and Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches and who now want Miel’s roses, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.