Maira Kalman’s drawings, paintings and embroidery are super charming and often comical. I like the way she writes about historical events and personalities on one page, then goes into depth about a diner menu on the next. The thoughts and observations she shares feel casual yet personal. Her own personality seems to come through everywhere. Not that I know her, but she seems smart, thoughtful, and delighted with so much.
Diana Wagman discusses and signs The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
11/27/2012 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Winnie Parker, mother to an angst-ridden teenage daughter and ex-wife to a successful game show host who left her for a twenty-something contestant, begins a normal day in her hum-drum existence by dropping her car off at the repair shop. After accepting what she believes is a ride to pick up her rental car, Winnie realizes too late that she's been kidnapped. What follows is a riveting psychological game of cat and mouse set in the kidnapper's tropically heated house—kept that way for Cookie, a menacing seven-foot long iguana. While desperately seeking to escape, Winnie also tries to understand why she was taken captive. Does he know that Winnie's mother is an Oscar-winning actress? Or did he connect her with Jonathan, her famous ex-husband? When the truth reveals itself, Winnie is not only forced to fight for her life, but must also protect the lives of those she loves from the kidnapper's deranged master plan.