The teapot that might just be next on my list of purchases–assuming that I don’t impulse purchase another thrift teapot this weekend–is not actually a teapot at all. Instead, it’s a drawing of a teapot on the cover of a book. The book is Nine Ways to Disappear by Chicago-based artist and illustrator Lilli Carré which is currently on sale for $9.99, down from $12.

The charmingly peculiar short stories collected in Nine Ways to Disappear revolve loosely around the theme of disappearance and mark a new form for Lilli Carré. Skillfully drawn single panels explore a rich imagined world where actions have unexpected consequences and loneliness pervades, but not without a sense of the absurd. The stories read like vignettes that can span a day or decades, all drawn within a bordered page in intimate detail.

Each story unfolds quickly and features characters that run the gamut: joke-writing sisters gone awry, a wandering sleepwalker, a pearl with curious properties, an elusive coughing neighbor, a wide-eyed girl of questionable appeal, even a storm drain. Whether animate or inanimate, sweet or monstrous, Lilli has the ability to infuse them all with pathos, humanity, and humor. — from Little, the publisher

This book is beautiful! It would be such a great display piece and especially with other teapots. It sounds like it’s a little bit of a downer, but sometimes I think that’s okay, too. I like a little bit of solemn but beautiful reading every now and then.

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