Why We Broke Up, the new book from Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, is a terrific example of a publisher going the extra mile to make a print book truly exceptional. The warm red cover catches an eye and beckons a palm; inside, glossy pages are a perfect fit for Kalman’s unique illustrations of the narrative’s key objects. The book itself is a work of art, but of course you’d expect nothing less from a project that combines the talents of Handler and Kalman.
The story, written by Handler, delves into that most wretched of human experiences – the break up. The novel is a letter from Min to Ed, explaining why they broke up. It’s accompanied by a box of objects, each of which symbolize a different point in their relationship and each of which are illustrated by Kalman.
We’re looking forward to welcoming Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman to BookPeople on Saturday, January 28th, 7:30pm to share this original, and quite lovely, new book, whose concept has evolved beyond its pages to include The Why We Broke Up Project, a place created online by Handler and Kalman where people are invited to anonymously post their break-up stories. Cathartic for both the poster and the reader, the site also includes some break up stories from famous folks like Neil Gaiman and Mo Willems. In the spirit of sharing as healing, we’ve been inspired to erect our own break-up wall, which we’ll be doing later on in January, where Austin’s own broken hearts can vent their stories. In the mean time, we’ll share some of our own stories with you:
Two years of fighting. Six months of crying. We moved to separate coasts and became friends.
My ex-husband moved me here from Arkansas and then dumped me after 6 years of marriage. I would have never found my home at BookPeople or the pretty cool guy I’m dating if it hadn’t been for that.
Feel free to share your own in the comments below.