The Night Mobile by Audrey Niffenegger
After a fight with her boyfriend one night, Alexandra goes for a walk and comes upon a bookmobile. When she goes inside to look at the books, she discovers that it’s a library of her own reading history; every book she’s ever read, including her diary, is on the shelf. As her life continues, she searches for the bookmobile, but years go by before she finds it again. When she does, she finds that the books she has read since last she visited have also been added to this personal library. As Alexandra strives to read more and constantly searches for the bookmobile,she hopes that her hard work will allow her to work with the bookmobile… only all her hard work does is make her a loner and a very lost person who discovers the cost of her dream is really too high.
This book was recommended to me by friend and fellow Bookie, Angie. She has read it and email me that she thought this would be a wonderful graphic novel to look more closely at and probably generate some good blog discussion thoughts.
The title alone captivated me.
I of course loved the fact that the bookmobile was filled with every book that Alexandra had ever read. I imagined what my own bookmobile would look like…. all the treasures of my youth… from the big puffy baby books to picture books, then into paperbacks…. I get excited thinking about the books I have forgotten I read and how thrilling it would be to see them and recognize them!
And if that was all this small graphic novel had to offer that would have been enough.
But no, there is an ending to the book that shocked me. It was this ending that actually left me thinking about this book days after I read it but unable to write this review. Finally I came to the conclusion that while it disturbed me… the bigger message is that we are not to get to caught up and lost in our reading. As much as we as book lovers enjoy dropping ourselves into a great read, it is also important to do life….. be with people, be active, and live…. not only through books … but also through life itself.
We need to make our own stories.
This book is centered around Chicago and as the night mobile travels it lands by real Chicago landmarks which gives this read a real feel.
This graphic novel stirred me and haunts me a little too. It left me really thinking about this bookmobile, and I think that is what the author wanted… to leave us with our own personal thoughts about what we read and how we do life.
My question to you, as it was to me…. if there was such a thing as a night mobile, and within it there were all the books you had ever read…. if that happened today, what book(s) would sadly be missing from your collection that you wish you had read?
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include The Night Mobile
Borrowed from my local library
Thank you Angie for a book that made me really think! 😀