The Night Bookmobile by Audrey NiffeneggerThe Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

The Night Bookmobile

byAudrey Niffenegger

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

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Audrey Niffenegger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, has crafted her first graphic novel after the success of her two critically acclaimed “novels-in-pictures.” First serialized as a weekly column in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories.


The Night Bookmobile is a haunting tale of both transcendence and the passion for books, and features the evocative full-color pen-and-ink work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

Audrey Niffenegger is the author of the international bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife, as well as Her Fearful Symmetry. She is also the author and illustrator of two Abrams “novels-in-pictures,” The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress. She lives in Chicago.
Title:The Night BookmobileFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:40 pages, 7.5 × 11.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 11.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Abrams ComicArtsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810996170

ISBN - 13:9780810996175


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite, but not bad! I’ve come to accept that Audrey Niffenegger is just a little bit “odd” in her writing. The Night Bookmobile – a cross between a regular novel and a graphic novel, maybe? – was an interesting read and perfect for book lovers, in a way. The story follows a young woman who finds this bookmobile while out one afternoon. Inside, all the books she had ever read are loaded on the shelves. It then becomes her life mission to find the bookmobile because she wants to relive all the books she’s read. While it’s an interesting concept, I found myself wondering why she wouldn’t be happy with all of her new reads and why she would want to relive the past. Not that it wouldn’t be interesting to see – just once – all the books that one has read in a lifetime. I know I’d be interested, but I can’t say I would want to go to drastic measures to find it again. The ending is a little bizarre, but it was great to see that once our narrator’s journey ends, it’s the beginning of the journey of books for another young reader. I only found myself hoping that books won’t be the thing that destroy this young person’s life. I was also left to wonder if anyone really lets books take over their life like this. I know I’ve been one to get a little too involved in a book, but – like anything – it’s about balance, right? I’ve always found myself dreading the day that will eventually come – that day where I will no longer be able to devour a good book. The day where I may still be around for years to come, but unable to read anything new, or unable to remember anything that I’ve read and loved. Enjoy it while you can! I would recommend this if you are a fan of Niffinegger’s works, though it wasn’t my favourite of her writings. I’d be interested to hear other readers’ thoughts on this one.
Date published: 2012-05-27