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Graphic Novels from our 2019 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2019 Summer Newsletter.

Gender Queer A Memoir by Maia Kobab

I am so very excited for this heartfelt graphic novel from Kobabe, discussing gender, family, and one person’s struggle to find their identity. E has such a lovely art style and such a personal way of speaking that one can’t help but be swept along. Chances are, you know someone who identifies somewhat differently on the gender spectrum than as either straightforwardly him or her even if you don’t realize it, and I look forward to Kobabe’s work adding to the stories that normalize these experiences. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781549304002
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Shuri The Search for Black Panther

As the younger female sibling of the heir to the throne of Wakanda, Shuri has always lived in her brother’s shadow. But when T’Challa gets lost on a space mission, Shuri’s life gets complicated. She’s much more at home in her lab, but her brother’s absence pulls her out of her comfort zone and into the swirling miasma of African politics and Wakandan tradition. Nnedi Okorafor masterfully navigates Shuri through gender politics, sibling dynamics, and the role of modern monarchies. Leonardo Romero’s art is reminiscent of the bright colors of 1980s comics, with a sketchy, expressive style. Wakanda feels real, as do the struggles and triumphs of its people. - J

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By Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781302915230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Marvel - May 7th, 2019

The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt

I cannot wait to immerse myself in this graphic novel, which is based on Humboldt’s personal writings and Wulf’s The Invention of Nature. The art is a wonderful mix of scientific illustrations, collage, and loose watercolor sketches and perfectly pairs with the written content. Nonfiction graphic novels are a weakness of mine, and this is one I’m looking forward to adding to my collection. - Rachel

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By Andrea Wulf, Lillian Melcher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524747374
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Pantheon - April 2nd, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is the gift that keeps on giving. As a book, it’s set the standard for feminist dystopian literature, and the recent TV show has brought Offred’s story to life on the screen, reminding us how relevant her story still is. Enter this new graphic novel, with astoundingly graceful line work and watercolor images by artist Renee Nault, who creates a juxtaposition of beauty and brutality that will sit with readers for a long time to come.      —Jessica

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By Margaret Atwood, Renee Nault (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385539241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nan A. Talese - March 26th, 2019

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