Have You Read This? Graphic Novel Edition

Off Topic, From The Bookshelf

Not reviews. Imagine we are in a bookstore. I wander up to you, hand you one of these books, say ‘Have you read this one?’, then wander off. Whereupon you look at the cover, turn it over, look at the back cover, read the blurb, flip through the book, and decide for yourself if you are interested. It’s like that. Enjoy.

Chris Baker, Matt Fitch, & Mike Collins, The Apollo Team
(SelfMadeHero 2018)
The Eagle has landed.

I Was Their American Dream
Malaka Gharib
(Clarkson Potter/Random House 2019)
“The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in.” PenqguinRH

Reminds me of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (Vertigo 2011). Also a graphic novel. The author takes a Birthright Israel tour.

Richard McGuire
(Pantheon 2014)
Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.” PenguinRH

Derf Backderf
(Abrams ComicArts 2015)
Trashed is fiction, but is inspired by Derf’s own experiences as a garbage­man.” Abrams

Pairs well with Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by Robin Nagle (Farrar 2013), anthropologist-in-residence for New York City’s Department of Sanitation. In the spirit of Literary Dates, I bought these two books to inform my next trip to NYC. I may never look at a garbage truck the same way again.

Rivers of London Graphic Novels
Ben Aaronovitch, also here, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero. I’ve mentioned these before, “The color is glorious. The drawing superb. The plotlines rely on wit rather than violent punching scenes. The female characters are good-looking (as are the male) but they are human-shaped & adequately covered.” [Energy Shortage]

Scanner broken. All covers off the Internet.

Points for the assist go to The Errant Moon. In Comfort Reading, the author talks about finding books. Given the titles listed in the post, I recommended The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland (Morrow 2017). This reminded me how much I enjoy telling people about books they might like. I know the feeling of finding a good book. I want to spread the joy.

What have you got for me to read?

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

3 thoughts on “Have You Read This? Graphic Novel Edition

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
    Writing is wonderful, the plot is fun and the characters delightful.

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