Check This Out! — Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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If you’re looking for something to read to wind-down from the stress of the last week of classes, you should check out Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. This book is a graphic novel memoir about Knisley’s experiences with food throughout her life, starting as a child with a mother who was a chef and a father who loves gourmet food. Though this book celebrates high-end, locally sourced foods, it’s not snobby—Knisley also describes the comfort of eating McDonald’s fries, and celebrates the act of making food together, regardless of the outcome. As a bonus, she also ends each chapter with an illustrated recipe so you can make these foods yourself!

For more information, or to place a hold on this book, click here!

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Check This Out!-Hot Dog Taste Test

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Looking for something fun and irreverent to read? Hot Dog Taste Test is full of art and comics from Lisa Hanawalt, production designer and producer on the Netflix series Bojack Horseman. This book features illustrated lists on goofy topics such as “Things that make me feel super old,” and “Food diary,” as well as full stories, including a day in the life of New York chef, and her experience swimming with river otters. It also features comics about Tuca & Bertie, so you can get to know them before their new Netflix show comes out.

To place a hold on this book, or for more information, check the catalog here.

Check This Out!—Paper Girls, vol. 1

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Congrats—you’ve made it to the mid-point of the semester!

If you’re looking for a way to unwind in between studying and working on projects, you should check out a graphic novel from the library. Today we’re highlighting Paper Girls, which follows four newspaper delivery girls who encounter a supernatural threat to their town while delivering papers on Halloween. Check it out if you’re looking for a fun story about growing up, time travel, and saving the world.

For more information, or to place a hold on this book, go to the library catalog.

For past graphic novel recommendations, click here!

-Becca

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Check This Out! – Queer: A Graphic History

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51qxEZud3kL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Not sure what the Kinsey scale, heteronormativity, or polyamory are? Want to know more about identity politics, gender, or the LGBTQ* movement? Looking for an introduction to queer theory, but aren’t sure where to start? Want to learn more about all these topics (and more) in a non-judgmental, fun, and easy to understand format? Never fear – the library has a solution!

Queer: A Graphic History is a great starting guide for all these topic and more! This book breaks down complex topics from queer theory into illustrated, easy to understand, 1-page summaries (see image below). This book has value for those just starting to learn about these topics, as well as those with some background knowledge looking for more in-depth information. To learn more, or to place a hold on this title, visit the library catalog here, or click the book cover above!

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Image from http://www.juliascheele.co.uk/queer-a-graphic-history/

–Becca

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CHECK THIS OUT!–March

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March is a graphic novel series featuring the first person accounts of Congressman John Lewis on the history of the civil rights movement. In Book 1, he describes his childhood in segregated Alabama, how it shaped him to become a civil rights activist, and the experience of taking part in the Nashville sit-ins. The latest installment of this series, March Book 3, made The New York Times Bestseller list, and this year was the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award.

Bryant has the first two books in this series. Stop in and check them out so you have something to read over Thanksgiving break!

CHECK THIS OUT!—Graphic novels

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Bryant library has a bunch of graphic novels to check out! Never read a graphic novel and don’t know where to start? Read before but need new recommendations?  Whether you’re looking for something new, a classic, or some historical graphic novels, we’ve got you covered:

New series

Rat Queens vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery The Rat Queens are a “pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire” (Image Comics). Follow Dee, Hannah, Violet, and Betty in this funny, adventure-fantasy comic.

Sex Criminals vol. 1: One Weird Trick Two people who both stop time (literally) when they orgasm meet and craft a plan to use their powers to rob banks so they can raise enough money to save a library. This comic is definitely explicit, but also hilarious and heartfelt.

Saga book 1– We featured Saga a couple weeks ago, but this on-going series follows a couple from opposite sides of a space war trying to save their child.

 

Classics

Sandman vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes The Lord Dream escapes imprisonment and finds his realm in disarray. This comic series follows Dream (and his siblings Destiny, Destruction, Delirium, Desire, Despair, and Death,) as he fixes the dream realm, as well as the problems his disappearance caused in the mortal realm.

Watchmen The comic that inspired the movie! Someone starts killing members of a disbanded superhero team, prompting investigation into why (and who). This is definitely not your ‘typical’ superhero comic.

Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic– The Bone cousins get separated and lost, and this collection details their adventures as they try to get back home.

History

The Complete Maus– A graphic novel about Nazi Germany and World War II, where the author illustrates his father’s experience of being captured and surviving a concentration camp.

Persepolis 2: Story of a Return– An autobiographical comic about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation Into the Kennedy Assassination– This book takes evidence surrounding the Kennedy assassination and presents it in graphic novel format.

 

If you have any questions or want more recommendations, come visit us the library (or text, call, or IM us)!

–Becca

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CHECK THIS OUT!—Saga, book 1

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Saga is an on-going fantasy graphic novel series from Image comics written by Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, and Pride of Baghdad) and illustrated by Fiona Staples (T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Archie Comics). Saga has won eight Eisner Awards.

The story focuses on a couple from opposite sides of a space war who fell in love, had a baby, and are on the run from both armies and assorted bounty hunters. The story is narrated by their daughter, Hazel, and explores violence, parenthood, and love, and also features a large Sphinx cat named Lying Cat, who knows when people are lying (and says “Lying”).

For more information, or to place a hold on this item, click here!

–Becca
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