Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman spoke about their new book, Why We Broke Up, at The Seattle Public Library's Central Library earlier this month. They were pretty hilarious together, so I immediately placed a hold on the book and began reading it on Valentine's Day, which I relished.
Min (short for Minerva- it's a long story), and Ed have broken up. In a final dramatic effort to finalize things, Min dumps a box of artifacts from their relationship, accompanied by a very long letter explaining how the origins of each item in the box contributed to why they broke up.
Each keepsake item has been depicted by Maira to convey the exact amount of whimsey and sentiment that one would expect of the debris of a failed relationship. Beer caps from the Bitter Sixteen party where Min and Ed met. Ticket stubs from their first date. A sugar shaker they stole from a diner. All of the items add up to what they had, and why it had to end.
Daniel Handler is the witty genius behind Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. That's right, Lemony Snicket is Daniel Handler. Or maybe Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket. It's hard to say. Either way, Why We Broke Up is just as funny as Snicket fans might expect. It's what to read next for Snicket fans in high school & up.