Imagine Wanting Only This – Kristen Radtke

31160314Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: April 28th, 2017
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Memoir, Coming of Age, Life and Death, Family


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When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. Along the way, we learn about her family and a rare genetic heart disease that has been passed down through generations, and revisit tragic events in America’s past. Continue reading

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My Brother’s Husband Volume 1

32337897My Brother’s Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Recommended Age: tempted to say “all”
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Manga, LGBT, Japan Culture, Family


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Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it. Continue reading

Everything Is Teeth – Evie Wyld

26109143Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Memoir, Sharks, Australia, Family


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Ever since she was a little girl, passing her summers in the brutal heat of coastal New South Wales, Evie Wyld has been captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power. Young Evie would listen intently as farmers and fishermen told stories about being alone on the water at dusk; she would lose herself in books about legendary shark attacks, mesmerized by the photos of the victims. And even though she returned to London at the end of each summer, Australia’s sharks never released their hold on her imagination. Now, in this quietly penetrating narrative of personal memories, beautifully rendered by illustrator Joe Sumner, Evie Wyld lends her exceptional voice to the telling of a story all her own. Continue reading

Unicorn on a Roll – Dana Simpson

23492248Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Magic, Slice of Life, Friendship, Holidays


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One year has passed since Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond, accidentally hit a unicorn in the face, and was granted a single wish—which she used to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. In some ways, not much has changed. At school Phoebe still clashes with her rival–and sometimes “frenemy”–the ever-taunting and imperious Dakota. Outside of school, she still fills her free time with extra-credit homework assignments, dramatic monologues about the injustices associated with school cliques, and imaginative conspiracy theories regarding global forces like the “powerful construction paper lobby.” But unlike before, Phoebe now has a best friend to share it with—someone to make her laugh and to listen to all her extravagant ideas. Continue reading

Big Mushy Happy Lump – Sarah Andersen

30754980Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast then slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Slice of Life


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In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

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Adulthood Is a Myth – Sarah Andersen

25855506Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Quick and Short
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Slice of Life


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Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away. Continue reading

Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson

22710140Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Magic, Slice of Life, School, Friendship


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This beautifully drawn strip follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is. Through hilarious adventures where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold’s “awesomeness,” the friends also come to acknowledge that they had been lonely before they met and truly appreciate the bond they now share. Continue reading