Have you ever read a Graphic Novel? If you haven't, then you're where I was a year ago. And you might think, as I did, "Ummm, eww. I don't have time for comic books and superheroes. GrOOss." But if you have read them, and you like them, I'm right there with you.
"Graphic novel" is a format, not a genre. Therefore, there are tons of genres presented through this illustrated format--mystery, romance, adventure, historical fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and yes, the occasional superhero. They are easy to read, beautifully illustrated, and are wholly unlike any other format. Also, they don't take very long to read, so they're perfect if you want to fit a little leisure-reading into your busy life.
Below, you'll find some of our newest graphic novels. You can find others in our collection on the bottom shelf of our featured books display, just to your right when you walk in the LRC.
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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir (2014) by
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Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys, either. She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, "the middle" wasn't exactly an easy place to be.
Tomboy follows award-winning author and artist Liz Prince through her early years and explores--with humor, honesty, and poignancy--what it means to "be a girl." --
Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz's story, captured with wry humor and a deft, visceral eye, is a must-read--
a book to make anyone think seriously about society's preordained gender roles. --Kirkus Reviews
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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (2013) by
A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe-many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.
The War Within These Walls
It's World War II, and Misha's family, like the rest of the Jews living in Warsaw, has been moved by the Nazis into a single crowded ghetto. Conditions are appalling: every day more people die from disease, starvation, and deportations. Misha does his best to help his family survive, even crawling through the sewers to smuggle food. When conditions worsen, Misha joins a handful of other Jews who decide to make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis. Heavily illustrated with sober blue-and-white drawings, this powerful novel dramatically captures the brutal reality of a tragic historical event.
Strzelecki's monochrome drawings use rich blue-gray lines on cream pages to portray faces furrowed with pain, then builds to nightmarish conflagrations, battles, and corpses. Sometimes a single sentence appears on a blue-gray page, the better to emphasize it: "I had never felt so Jewish before," the narrator says. Sax's achievement is to have made every reader feel this with him. --
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Listen to Wikipedia
Every second, users of Wikipedia makes edits on Wkipedia's own articles; thousands of individual edits are made every hour. The website Hatnote is an intriguing project, created by programmers Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi, whereby visitors to the website can experience Wikipedia edits in real time, translated into music. In other words, Hatnote transforms every Wikipedia edit into a sound, and heard together, they make "music*." When something is added to an article, you hear a bell. When something is deleted, you hear a string plucked. The pitch of each sound reflects the size of the edit--the lower the note, the larger the edit. The result is a soothing and relaxing cacophony** of sounds that one could easily fall asleep too.
*See Mr. Hiett to confirm if this properly constitutes "music."
**A word I misspelled in a grade school spelling bee.
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