- A 52-page wordless landscape booklet
- LG as mother tending to her daughter, Lucy.
- LG ruminates on her dead end life while walking in the snow.
- LG's daughter Lucy ruminates on being between happy and sad and expresses concerns she may not be able to control her children.
- This book resembles a Little Golden Book. In fact the print is very small and the reader is forced to bring the book very close to the face, by design. We meet her landlord on the 1st floor, a quarreling couple on the 2nd floor (the girlfriend has wide "child-bearing hips...and all without bearing any child"), and a visit from a plumber who once lived in her apartment. She considers the "architectural precedent: why is it always the attic where we banish our past?"
- Here we are introduced to the 2nd floor couple, their past romance, and current state of the union (neglect, boredom). The self-absorbed boyfriend, Lance, is a rock musician. Future (150 years) aliens pick up memory fragment of the couple.
- Landlord recalls her lonely childhood and parents' demise.
- LG is a married parent in this book, we meet LG's mother, who reveals that LG's father had an affair. This info volunteered when it became noticeable that LG's architect husband, Phil, rarely at home. As mother, LG's body has changed and there is a memorable scene of Phil laying naked on bed with his face deeply buried in notebook, while LG stands naked beside him, completely ignored. LG finds her ex-boyfriend on Internet and they meet in Chicago. LG dreams she finds book in bookstore about her life, arranged "in a carton."
- This book contains the "heart" of the story of LG, including her heartbreaking stint as a nanny for family whose wife was in affair and her evolving body image and humiliating relation with her first boyfriend and subsequent abortion. There are sections in this work that confirm her role as the actual narrator, namely how many of the comic strips are clipped or truncated. This work is loaded with sexual imagery akin to Georgia O'Keeffe flower visuals, after all, LG's day job is a florist. While nanny she confronts an awkward rough house session with the son in which he becomes aroused (she becomes aware that what is poking her "is not an action figure"). Her legless body is always a source of contemplation: "My real leg is buried in a decomposing bio hazard bag somewhere." We also learn that she had a weak heart as a child. Nevertheless, her boyfriend opines "I love you just the way you are." This sentiment notwithstanding, he humiliates LG in bed with some porno films by insisting they masturbate, implying LG is less interesting than the video subject matter. There is a reference to Tarkovsky, Soviet film director, whose style no doubt informed the author of BS. The work ends with a rather pathetic scene where the nurse must hold her thigh during the abortion, since she has no legs for the stirrup.
- In which we are introduced to Branford and his girlfriend Betty. Branford runs into some "hard air" in form of a windowpane and is caught inside a house.
- LG recalls her high school boyfriend and prom date. Much self reflection here, sees herself as product of parents. Ware pushing boundaries of sexual realism with tender scene of LG and husband masturbating her in front of a mirror.
|Unity Temple, Oak Park|
|Frank Lloyd Wright House & Studio (1889), Oak Park|
|Heurtley House (1902), Forest Ave., Oak Park|
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, House & Studio, and Heurtley House figure prominently in this work, which picks up LG and Phil as they move to suburban Oak Park. LG, Doomsday survivalist, frets about collapse of civilization. Her friend Stephanie commits suicide. On the way to the memorial service, her cat falls terminally ill. Ware continues focus on quotidian aspects of life with a funny quad showing shopping, daughter care, dinner prep, and spousal fellatio (as a quotidian duty).
- LG learns her father is dying. At a party years ago, LG reveals why her leg was amputated. "Actual Size" refers to actual size baby in centerfold, originally appearing in book titled Kramers Ergot #7. I have read reviewer comments saying large unwieldy size of broadsheet is "impolite."