Graphic Novels and Memoirs
Through the Woods

Through the Woods

Perfect spooky, unsettling October graphic short stories. More info →
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El Deafo

El Deafo

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In her graphic memoir, Cece Bell tells the story of her own childhood, when a case of meningitis at age 4 left her unable to hear. She was promptly fitted with a hearing aid, the Phonic Ear, which allows her to hear her teacher even when her teacher is in another part of the school. The other kids think it's pretty cool. It's like a superpower, even (just call her El Deafo). But as Cece puts it, "Superheroes might be awesome, but they are also different. And being different feels a lot like being alone." A wonderful, touching story (that many readers assume to be a novel). Don't miss the afterword from the author. More info →
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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

We've already mentioned Relish on the podcast and on the blog, which is a GREAT introduction to her, but all of her travelogues and graphic journals are wonderful. I give her book Something New as a gift any time a friend of mine gets engaged, because it is very meditative and expectation-setting during that time of life. She tells the story of her engagement-through-wedding’s-end and all the stress of that season, rearranging her priorities and realizing when she's making decisions based on what's expected by her family vs what she and her fiance want her day to be like, etc. --Brenna More info →
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The Complete Maus
Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York

Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York

From the author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant, a newest release all about Manhattan. If the thought of Manhattan brings a smile to your face, put this on your coffee table. Whether you are a native New Yorker, soon-to-be first time visitor, or somewhere in between, there's plenty to enjoy in these pages. More info →
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Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World

“Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education, about entertainment, about making safe spaces and about access to information.” More info →
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March

March

<em>USA Today</em> calls this "the story of a true American superhero." From the publisher: "Before he became a respected Congressman, John Lewis was clubbed, gassed, arrested over 40 times, and nearly killed by angry mobs and state police, all while nonviolently protesting racial discrimination. He marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King as the youngest leader of the Civil Rights Movement that would change a nation forever. Now, experience John Lewis' incredible story first-hand, brought to life in a stunning graphic novel. With co-writer Andrew Aydin and Eisner Award-winning artist Nate Powell, John Lewis' March tells the story of how a poor sharecropper's son helped transform America, from a segregated schoolhouse to the 1963 March on Washington and beyond."

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi, in her graphic memoir, tells her bittersweet tale woven together with the history of Iran. The clash between her life in public and her home life comes as a perplexing change to childhood as she had known it. Persepolis introduces us to the cost of the Islamic Revolution through her own eyes. More info →
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Pride & Prejudice (Marvel Classics)
Paper Girls

Paper Girls

In the hours after Halloween, four newspaper delivery girls uncover "the most important story of all time." The publisher calls this "suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this critically acclaimed story about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood." Brian K. Vaughan is one of the classic graphic artist of this time. You might recognize him from his Y The Last Man series or Saga series. More info →
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Chopsticks

Chopsticks

There are almost NO WORDS in this book, it's an extremely unique graphic work that uses photographs/short letters/found-item collages to tell a sort of romeo-and-juliet romance between two teens who come from very different home lives. It is compulsively "readable", you basically HAVE to read it in one sitting because you are constructing the meat of the story in your imagination. It's like the narrative hovers above the pages, invisible, and you get to pick up new clues and puzzle pieces from the photos as you tell the story to yourself. --Brenna More info →
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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

You know the story. But newcomers will be delighted with this classic tale of spirited Anne and her surprise arrival at Green Gables,, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert have decide to adopt an orphan to can help manage Green Gables, but no one was expecting a girl, let alone Anne’s stormy emotions, neighborhood gossip, and thrilling romance with Gilbert Blythe. Brian Selznick says, "The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won't want to leave." More info →
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The One Hundred Nights of Hero

The One Hundred Nights of Hero

This is a retelling of Arabian Nights, set in a world almost-ours but not-quite-ours, and it is a love letter to women's relationships with each other. Sisters, mothers, elders, friends, lovers, WOMEN. It manages to somehow be a novel, a short story collection, and a nonfiction social commentary all at once. It is funny, and sharp, and deep, and magical, and lovely, and intensely relevant in a way that is kind of hard to describe. --Brenna More info →
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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

Bonhoeffer is having a moment. From a massive bestselling biography a few years ago to a legacy that is at times used on both sides of the political aisle, this theologian and member of the German resistance is the subject of a graphic novel from John Hendrix, whose signature style of art with text tells the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer, struggling to reconcile the Nazi Party’s agenda which has outlawed the church and his faith, escapes and comes to the decision that Hitler must be stopped. The philosophical ramifications are complicated, putting Bonhoeffer's very life on the line. More info →
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Nimona

Nimona

This is straight-up fantasy, but I think it miiight just be palatable for you because it has fluff and humor to it and the illustrations/colors are VERY cute. The main character is a touchy shapeshifting troublemaker who becomes the sidekick to a supervillain, Ballister Blackheart, who is out to defeat his ex-best-friend, the local hero Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. There's a coy little romance subplot if you watch for it, and it's overall just... a silly joy of a fantasy novel with a heart and a purpose. It was also a National Book Award finalist! --Brenna More info →
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick combines forms -- drawings, pictures, graphic novel elements, and film (so cinematic, it was adapted to a film called Hugo starring Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Jude Law). His main character Hugo is an orphan who secretly lives in a Paris train station, keeping the clocks running and observing life in the station. When he discovers a mystery in a notebook once belonging to his father, it sends him on a search to uncover a new passion and new friends. More info →
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I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants

I highly, highly recommend this. The story is about a little girl who is dealing with some serious emotional upheaval (which we slowly piece together the cause of), and her coping strategy is inventing a fantasy world around her -- she sees herself as the protector of the town from "giants", and develops complex rituals and roleplays that weave through her whole life to keep her safe from the thing she fears. It is a deeply moving book about childhood mourning and mental health. It has won a bunch of awards, for a reason. Plus there is a SPECTACULAR movie adaptation available on Amazon Prime. IMO the best book-to-movie-adaptation I've ever seen. --Brenna More info →
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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir
The Witch Boy

The Witch Boy

A gorgeous little middle grade book about discovering your strengths and finding where you fit - even if it's not what’s expected of you. The magical/fantasy culture of the main character snuggles up against modern day at the same time, which was fun and not what I expected going into it. --Brenna More info →
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Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki
This One Summer

This One Summer

Rose and Windy's families have side-by-side houses in a beach town that they visit only in the summers. They do things that 12-year old girls do--spend the night, eat pizza, and watch horror movies. But the real story is people around them they're observing -- a teen girl who is pregnant, parents fighting, one mother's depression. Podcast guest Leigh Collazo described it as a "slice of life" story (hear her speak about it on WSIRN episode 50). More info →
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Kindred: A Graphic Novel
Spinning

Spinning

A graphic memoir that will be really relatable to anyone who had a childhood passion that ended up getting a little ruined for them. It’s about Tillie Walden’s childhood and teen years as a figure skater, discovering her identity, and hiding from the desire to become an artist. It’s one of those graphic novels that just flows easily along and no matter how long it was I could just read it forever. It could be an encyclopedia length account of her entire life from birth to death, and I’d be engaged the whole way. All of Tillie’s work is great, but this is her longest book. --Brenna More info →
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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs

The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs

This is a translated French graphic novel about two men - one a wine maker, and one (the author) a comic artist, who decide to immerse themselves in each other's worlds for a year. The author works within the vineyard, learns about aging wine, learns to taste, etc. His friend comes with him to a book printing shop, and begrudgingly reads classic French graphic novels to try to understand where the author's passion comes from. It is a very French book. Leisurely, ponderous, minimalist art, in touch with the seasons and the land. It’s very beautiful but probably not for everyone... I think a certain introspective subset of MMD readers would love it. --Brenna More info →
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