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  Cover Art: A Matter of Life Brown, Jeffrey
A Matter of Life
In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.
2013
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: A Secret History of Coffee Coca & Cola Corte´s, Ricardo
A Secret History of Coffee Coca & Cola
A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola discloses new research in the coca leaf trade conducted by The Coca-Cola Company. This secret history that spans from cocaine factories in Peru, to secret experiments at the University of Hawaii, to the personal files of U.S. Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner Harry Anslinger (infamous for his "Reefer Madness" campaign against marijuana, lesser known as a long-time collaborator of The Coca-Cola Company).
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: And the Pursuit of Happiness Kalman, Maira
And the Pursuit of Happiness
Through a series of artworks and essays, the author records her yearlong investigation into American democracy and how it works, from her imagining to make a home for herself in the Lincoln Memorial to the inner workings of a Bronx middle school student council to the U.S. service families of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, experiencing the cost of war.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Beats : a Graphic History The Beats : a Graphic History
A tour of America's underground literary movement, presented in a graphic tale format, includes coverage of the Benzedrine-fueled antics of Jack Kerouac, Chicago's beatnik bistro, and San Francisco's City Lights bookstore.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Blankets Thompson, Craig
Blankets
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. --from Publishers description.
2003
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: The Complete Persepolis Satrapi, Marjane
The Complete Persepolis
Collects a two-part graphic memoir, in which the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran, a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.
2008
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: A Drifting Life Tatsumi, Yoshihiro
A Drifting Life
Spanning fifteen years from August of 1945 to June of 1960, Tatsumi's stand-in protagonist, Hiroshi, faces his father's financial burdens and his parents' failing marriage, his jealous brother's deteriorating health, and the innumerable pitfalls that await him in the competitive manga market of mid-twentieth-century Japan.
2009
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Epileptic B., David
Epileptic
With stunning black-and-white illustrations, a noted cartoonist chronicles growing up with an epileptic older brother. The author charts his complicated relationship with his brother from childhood to adulthood, and the effects of the illness on the entire family.
2005
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Feynman Ottaviani, Jim
Feynman
Recounts the life of the renowned physicist from working on the Manhattan Project, to his Nobel Prize in quantum electrodynamics, to his work as a key investigator in the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Forget Sorrow : an Ancestral Tale Yang, Belle
Forget Sorrow : an Ancestral Tale
In Forget Sorrow, Yang makes her debut into the graphic form with the story of her father's family, reunited under the House of Yang in Manchuria during the Second World War and struggling--both together and individually--to weather poverty, famine, and, later, Communist oppression.
2010
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Bechdel, Alison
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
2006
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Gabba Gabba Hey! : the Graphic Story of the Ramones McCarthy, Jim
Gabba Gabba Hey! : the Graphic Story of the Ramones
The Ramones were the archetypal American punk band and this is their story, from their beginnings in Queens in 1974, through the burgeoning punk scene at CBGB's, the excitement of their first album, their brush with the unhinged genius of Phil Spector and the endless touring which saw them perform 2,263 concerts over a 22 year period. Set against a backdrop of New York facing bankruptcy and terrorized by Son of Sam, The Ramones tale takes in endless inter-band fighting and finally the tragic deaths of three of the founding members: Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee.
2013
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Good Eggs : a Memoir Potts, Phoebe
Good Eggs : a Memoir
In graphic novel format, the author recounts her struggle to have children and the emotional impact of the infertility process.
2010
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less Glidden, Sarah
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
Glidden, a progressive American Jew who is sharply critical of Israeli policies vis-âa-vis the Occupied Territories, went on an all-expense-paid 'birthright' trip to Israel in an attempt to discover some grand truths at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This graphic memoir tells the touching and often funny story of her utter failure to do so.
2010
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: In the Kitchen with Alain Passard : Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef Blain, Christophe.
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard : Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef
Illustrator Christophe Blain immerses the reader in the process and vision of chef Alain Passard's of Pthe Paris three star restaurant L'Arperge. Included are 15 recipes for the at-home cook.
2013
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: It Was the War of the Trenches Tardi, Jacques
It Was the War of the Trenches
Tardi focuses on the day to day of the grunts in the trenches, and, with icy, controlled fury and disgust, with sardonic yet deeply sympathetic narration, he brings that existence alive as no one has before or since.
2010
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City Delisle, Guy
Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City
The author of Shenzhen, Pyongyang, and Burma Chronicles lands in Jerusalem for a year, where he examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
2012
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Journalism Sacco, Joe
Journalism
Collected here for the first time, Sacco's darkly funny, revealing reportage confirms his standing as one of the foremost war correspondents working today.
2012
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Letting It Go Katin, Miriam
Letting It Go
A Holocaust survivor and mother, Katin's world is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city she's villainized for the past forty years. As she struggles to accept her son's decision, she visits the city twice, first to see her son and then to attend a museum gala featuring her own artwork. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin is herself.
2013
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Louis Riel : a Comic-strip Biography Brown, Chester
Louis Riel : a Comic-strip Biography
...tells the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth-century Me´tis leader whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on Canada's western frontier.
2013
Adult Graphic Novel
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AUTHORS
• Abadzis, Nick
Laika
• B., David, 1959-
• Barry, Lynda
• Bechdel, Alison
• Brown, Jeffrey, 1975-
• Delisle, Guy
• Helfer, Andrew
• Kalman, Maira
• Kubert, Joe
• Lat,
• Moore, Alan, 1953-
From Hell
• Neufeld, Josh
• Ottaviani, Jim
• Pekar, Harvey
• Sacco, Joe
• Satrapi, Marjane
Persepolis
• Shanower, Eric
• Small, David, 1945-
• Spiegelman, Art
Maus
• Thompson, Craig, 1975-
Blankets
• Tyler, Carol
• Wertz, Julia
• Yang, Gene Luen
American Born Chinese
• Youme,