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From director Onehou Strickland: “the unique blend of poetry, narrative, analysis and shorts is like the bringing together of many worlds. Unlike anything I have read before, it is romantic, comedic and tragic - others have called it strange."
A gripping, introspective read that challenges stereotypes and prejudices – and a favourite of Danielle Hao-Aickin, AKA Dani - singer/songwriter and performer of sophisticated soul-influenced pop.
A novel following a woman’s self-defense instructor who is pathologically polite. Recommended by embroiderer, zine-maker and avid reader Laura GG Allin, who loves July’s little details - her unique descriptions of feelings and minute observations.
This beloved science fiction comedy classic, based on the late 1970s comedy radio show, is an all-time favourite of artist Danielle Hao-Aickin, AKA Dani.
A coming-of-age tale about love, pain and bravery through the eyes of a bold and plus-sized young woman. Entertaining and heartbreaking, this is a book that Laura GG Allin still thinks about at least once a week.
A complex novel about an Iranian immigrant family in San Francisco. Struggling to reclaim their quality of life, a tricky situation arises when they purchase a foreclosed home. Recommended by multi-process artist and poet, Lisa “Combfish” McComish.
A tale of the American frontier, full of rich details of the everyday life of an adolescent girl growing up in the midwest. Recommended by Laura GG Allin, whose embroidery practice is often inspired by the book’s focus on “women’s work”.
A dramatic historical novel uncovering a hidden world of eroticism, enchantment and exploitation, from the the 1920s in rural Japan to the Kyoto of the 1930s and on to post-war New York. Picked out by Dani, AKA Danielle Hao-Aickin.
A vintage classic satirising the “bright young things” of the bohemian London of the 1920s. Focusing on a love story between a struggling writer and an upper-class socialite, this book is recommended by Laura GG Allin.
This emotionally engrossing, psychologically focused and deeply affecting tale is recommended by artist Dani, AKA Danielle Hao-Aickin.
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