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Top Ten Graphic Memoirs

Vietnamerica coverHave you always been curious about graphic novels but never actually tried reading one? A graphic autobiography might be a great place for you to start!  To celebrate Alison Bechdel’s highly anticipated new book, Are You My Mother?, TIME magazine looks back at other unforgettable autobiographical comics, such as Maus, Persopolis, and more. If you’re looking for something a little different to read this summer, come in and pick one up! I’m personally looking forward to checking out Vietnamerica. Have you read any of these? Do you have any other recommendations?

Forgotten Bookmarks

Have you ever come across a forgotten bookmark left behind in a book? Do you ever wonder who left it, and why they chose what they did to mark their place? For Michael Popek it happens nearly every day. He is a used and rare bookseller who created a blog,  to showcase the treasures he has found in books.  While the blog was initially created for his family and friends, it quickly proved popular with other readers as well.  Some of his more interesting finds have been compiled into the book: Forgotten Bookmarks: a bookseller’s collection of odd things lost between the pages which you can find in the library under the call number 790.132 Pop

Check it out and take a look at the “personal, funny, heart-braking and weird” stuff Michael Popek has found within the pages of books.

Music Books

Fire and Rain coverThis past year has seen some great music books being published.  Like grunge? Want to learn more about the history of rock? We have you covered!

Entertainment Weekly named Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David Browne a “Best New Summer Read.”  Browne, an editor at Rolling Stone, covers one of the most interesting times in modern rock history.

Everybody Loves our Town: An Oral History of Grunge was written by Mark Yarm, formerly an editor at Blender. He conducted over 250 interviews to compile this gossipy look at the birth of grunge. Kirkus reviews called it ”one of the most essential rock books of recent years.”

A book that covers a more wide-ranging slice of music history is Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism by Chuck Eddy. Eddy was the music editor at Village Voice, and also wrote for Rolling Stone, Spin, and other influential music magazines. Publisher’s Weekly says “Eddy’s far-reaching insights into rock music push the boundaries of the rock criticism, showing why he remains one of our most important music critics.”

Have you read any of these? Have any of your own favorite music books to add to the list?

Fall Books

Isn’t it hard to find something good to read? I thought I’d share some new books that have been getting a lot of buzz for fall. I’ve got something for everyone: fiction, non-fiction, and even a graphic novel.

Rin Tin TinFor non-fiction lovers, we’ve been hearing great things about the “exceptional” and “masterfully written” Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean.  When I first heard about it, I didn’t have much interest in reading yet another dog story. But it’s an amazing history—Rin Tin Tin was only five days old when Lee Duncan rescued him from war-torn France during WWI and changed both their lives.  Orlean proved what a skilled writer she is with her last book, the New York Times-bestseller The Orchid ThiefRead more about it here.

Art of FieldingThe Art of Fielding
is Chad Harbach’s first book, and it’s been getting rave reviews.  It’s an old-fashioned coming of age novel that has been compared to works by John Irving, Mark Twain, and Chaim Potok. Set at a small college in Wisconsin, it centers around baseball, but is about much more than that. The Paris Review called it, “a book about baseball in the way that Moby-Dick is a book about whaling—it is and it isn’t.Read more about it here.

HabibiFinally, there’s our graphic novel, Habibi by Craig Thompson. His last book, Blankets, also a graphic novel, won a lot of awards and got great reviews, but didn’t seem to be too widely read.  This new book seems to have much broader appeal, and has been on a lot of top fall book lists.  It is a love story, set in the Middle East, against the harsh background of human trafficking and child slavery.   Library Journal said “exquisite beauty and deep magic of this Arabian Nights-style love story cannot be overstated. “  Read more about it here.

These are so new I actually haven’t had a chance to read them yet— if you try one out, please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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