Title: Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found
Author: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Publish Date: September 2011
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "In her first book for
adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book
about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the
cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.
message in a bottle, a “missed connection" classified (usually posted
on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to
reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby’s Wish and Big Red Lollipop, has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings.
is a collection of illustrated love stories. There’s “We Shared a Bear
Suit.” “If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine.” “Hairy Bearded Swimmer.” Each
is told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” and then illustrated
in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary:
delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of
the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic
pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching
an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the
connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure
up the magic of love found."
My Two Cents:
am a romantic at heart and admittedly I love reading Craigslist's
Missed Connections. It is so strange and so beautiful to me to think
that one passing glance could move some to post something about
exchanging smiles on the street or on the Metro. It's even more
beautiful to me when someone posts a Missed Connection about someone
that they knew a long time ago and now with this digital age that we
live in, not giving up hope that someday they might be able to reunite
with someone that they loved and/or cared about. Human connection in all
of its many forms is truly a beautiful thing.
explores that human connection through words and charming, sometimes
whimsical drawings. I really loved it. Some of the Missed Connections
are funny, some make you wonder about the people that wrote them, some
make you wonder about the people they were written about, and some (and
these are the ones that get me) are absolutely heartwrenching! This is
one of those books that will make you feel all sorts of different
feelings - it is definitely a rollercoaster ride!
If you like
Missed Connections or even if you are just interested in reading about
the human condition and the human heart, this book would be a great
pick. I know that this is definitely going to be a book that I go back
to over and over again!