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Summer Reading 2021 Graphic Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

Shang Chi, Volume 1: Brothers & Sisters by Gene Luen Yang

Wow, what a fun and enjoyable read! Shang Chi has spent a long time running from the legacy of his supervillain father, only to discover that some things cannot be outrun. This series reminds me why I love comics—action and witty banter interspersed with fantastic characters and truly touching emotional beats. Told with a love of the genre and an eye to keeping things fresh, Shang Chi is a superhero whose stories you won’t want to miss. — Jax

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By Gene Yang, Dike Ruan (Illustrator), Philip Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302924850
Availability: Backordered
Published: Marvel - April 13th, 2021

Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto

Poet and novelist Hiromi Goto makes her graphic novel debut in this tale of an elderly woman, Kumiko, who leaves the assisted living center her daughter placed her in order to enjoy her independence in a bachelor apartment. There she rejoices in a simple and solitary life. She cooks herself tasty meals, goes swimming at the community center…and traps Death in her vacuum cleaner. With quietly beautiful artwork and a dash of Miyazaki-esqe whimsy, Shadow Life explores themes of aging, autonomy, and eldercare through the story of one woman who is just not ready to go yet. — Molly

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By Hiromi Goto, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626723566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - March 30th, 2021

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) returns with a new memoir that traverses the decades of a culture, a country, and life, showcasing a new facet of her own lived history. Framed by family, lovers, literature, philosophy, and the shifting US political landscape, The Secret to Superhuman Strength shows how Bechdel’s evolving relationship with her body has shaped her existential understanding. Her frank writing, which approaches the poetic, combines with her playful art to create an engrossing read, touching on universal questions of being. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780544387652
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 4th, 2021

Onion Skin by Edgar Camacho

This irreverent graphic novel, translated from the Spanish, follows a down-and-out illustrator who teams up with a quirky, free-spirited woman. Together the two start a food truck and then end up on the run from a rival food trucker who wishes them off their turf. The art has a gestural style and a cinematic feeling, the muted palette of reds, greys, and greens gives the graphics a dusty quality and sets the tone for an adventure across the desert. — Celeste

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ISBN: 9781603094894
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Top Shelf Productions - May 25th, 2021

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