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Graphic/Comics

Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”: What does being “true to yourself” actually mean?

Why I Read Fun Home   Fun Home is a book that I have studiously avoided reading for a long time because I thought it was somehow about perversion and abuse, and I have read my fair share of memoirs about that topic.    You get to a point in life, or at least I …

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Helping Your Parents Age Well is Hard. Why “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

Why I read Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant   To be perfectly honest, I read this book because it’s one of the very few graphic novels listed in James Mustich’s 1000 Books to Read BeforeYou Die. I don’t know if this book would have jumped out at me without that. And honestly, reading …

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See if you can handle Jim Ottaviani’s Graphic Biographies of Scientists.

My level is Primates. Jim Ottaviani had been writing science comics/graphic novels since the mid 90’s, starting by self publishing his own work.  His work is in graphic form, but I can tell you, they are not necessarily easy reads because he addresses very complex material.  I made it about halfway through his book Hawking…even …

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The graphic adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” shows how hard work can lead to poverty

The Jungle I read Sinclair’s original novel when I was a teenager.  I don’t know how many people read it anymore, but it is still in print, and it is not in the public domain, which means that someone is renewing the copyright. Buy on Amazon There is a lost silent film of The Jungle…this …

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Ready to tidy up? Or looking for a reason to stall? Try Marie Kondo’s MANGA.

Short Read Buy on Amazon When I saw this book in a bookstore, I had to give it a go.  Like just about everyone, I saw Kondo’s series on Netflix last January (I have never seen a more well-timed release in my life) although I hadn’t read her books.  And then you know, manga.  The …

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Craig Thompson’s “Habibi”: Can an American depict the Middle East fairly?

The Middle East is a complicated place, full of contradictions. So is Craig Thompson’s Habibi. Buy on Amazon Ever since I moved back from the Middle East a few months ago, I have been excited about rereading Habibi. I first read it the summer after my first year there. Because the book is so big …

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