Even the simplest, most common things—playing music, childhood, cooking, or sex—resonate with universal understanding in this collection of issues of the zine Doris. Making sense of more complex things, the essays touch on the satisfaction from doing useful work, natural curiosity, the ability to use logic, gender dynamics, introspection, the need for challenge and change, combating depression, and creating art and literature.

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Doris Reviews

  • Matthew Conroy
    Nov 17, 2016

    Matthew Conroy

    Beautiful, terrific, and full of typos. I love it. ...

  • Ellen
    Oct 20, 2015


    This book is revolutionary! This anthology is a chronological archive of a series of zines made by one woman between 1991-2001. I'm so happy I discovered Doris, for several reasons. The first is that Cindy Crabb changed the way I think about zines and their purpose: I'd never come acro...

  • Kimmy
    Sep 9, 2015


    Ahhhhh, I wanted to like this so much! I feel like I SHOULD have liked it... It talks about a lot of the things I'm into (feminism, anarchism, being kind of lost in life). But I think it was just too much in one little book. It is, of course, a collection of zines so it was never reall...

  • Lauren
    Oct 27, 2012


    One of the most human collections of words I've ever read, Doris is unassuming, personal, lovely, imperfect, heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and heart-mending all at once. When I was 19 or 20, a friend gave this anthology to me, and it reaffirmed that I wasn't crazy, that I had good ideas,...

  • Mark Robison
    Oct 19, 2012

    Mark Robison

    A compilation of Cindy’s personal zines through the 1990s as she copes with her abusive childhood while trying to create a better world. Unlike a lot of memoir-type books, Cindy doesn’t beat you over the head with painful re-enactments of her past but instead analyzes the way...

  • Ahmad Nizamuddin
    Apr 22, 2012

    Ahmad Nizamuddin

    This is an anthology of Doris zine that consists of issue 1 to 18 that were published within 1991- 2001 (10 years). When I was on the first few pages of this book, I got really hooked and wanted to finish reading it as soon as possible. The first few issues' writings were short stories...

  • Katy
    Apr 15, 2012


    I love Doris zine! There are lots of great things about this anthology. Doris is one of those zines that you can carry around in your pocket and it's like always having a friend with you that you can hang out and read. Cindy Crabb just has a way of confiding in you with such heartbreak...

  • Lynne
    May 24, 2011


    I'm relatively new to reading zines regularly, so I picked up my first copy of Doris about a month or so ago. I know it might sound hokey, but it spoke to me (which, I suppose, is what zines are meant to do). I bought a few of the newer ones, but was really happy when I saw that this a...

  • Javier
    Dec 29, 2010


    this book says: it's okay to be sad/depressed/upset, because the world is fucked up. acknowledging that surviving the trauma of the world while still reaching and working towards a better one, most of cindy's work appears in the form of autobiographical comics, and they're all amaaaazi...

  • Caitlin Constantine
    Mar 22, 2010

    Caitlin Constantine

    This is how I described this book/zine collection to my husband: like sitting around a kitchen table, late at night, listening to the coolest girl you've ever met as she tells you stories about her life. I really don't think there is anything more to say. ...