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Friday Reads: Graphic Novels

TGIF! Today’s #FridayReads are three great graphic novels:

POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim
Findakly’s nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, acclaimed cartoonist Trondheim. “Small in size but large in impact, this intimate memoir is a highly relevant and compassionate story of family, community, prejudice, and the struggle to love when the forces of the world push groups apart.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

FROM LONE MOUNTAIN by John Porcellino
Porcellino shares his love of nature as he uproots his comfortable life and travels from small town to small town, experiencing America in slow motion road trip. “The rawness of Porcellino’s work, its unfiltered directness, is the essence of its charm.” — Los Angeles Times readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (9/20/16 Edition)

It’s a big month for new teen titles! Check out our new YA & YA-OK releases then tune in to Early Word YA Galley Chat later today at 4pm EST (hashtag: #ewgcya), and tell us about the YA books you’ve been reading:

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
THREE starred reviews! “In the second volume of an acclaimed five-part graphic memoir, originally published in France, cartoonist Sattouf captures the discomfiting and occasionally humorous details of his first year in school in a Syria that is casually anti-Semitic and not particularly kind to anyone.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE MEMORY OF THINGS by Gae Polisner
Ages 12 to 18
A powerful novel about two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love in the days immediately following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together. “A touching look at the power of selflessness, memory, and hope in the face of tragedy.” — Booklist

THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day
Ages 12 to 18
Ash Gupta is admired by his peers, enjoying his last year of classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. Eden Moore is the unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the trailer park most likely to become class valedictorian. What can the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds? “This is an engaging read. The narrative takes place during one semester of school, and it’s full of drama, struggles with money and grades, family turmoil, and identity issues.” — School Library Journal readmoreremove

We ♥ Sarah Glidden’s Graphic Novels

Sarah Glidden is many things: a progressive Jewish American twentysomething who is both vocal about and critical of Israeli politics in the Holy Land, a graduate of Boston University, and the author of an award-winning graphic memoir.

That book, HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS, which was a 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection, is available now in trade paperback. Glidden used time during her Birthright Israel tour to ask people about the fraught and complex issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only to come to terms with the idea that there are no easy answers to the world’s problems.

Her second highly anticipated graphic novel, ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria as she accompanies two reporters while they research stories on the Iraq War’s effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. “Glidden’s understated, face-focused illustration style gets under your skin—by removing her own personality from the writing, the author sucks readers in so deeply that you really feel present, seeing her journey through her eyes.” — Library Journal, starred review
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THREE Stars for ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2

Last year, Riad Sattouf‘s graphic memoir, THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984, made a huge splash in the literary world—it won the L.A. Times Book Prize for Graphic Novel/Comic and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015.

Now the sequel, THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir, is one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 and has THREE starred reviews:

“In the second volume of an acclaimed five-part graphic memoir, originally published in France, cartoonist Sattouf captures the discomfiting and occasionally humorous details of his first year in school in a Syria that is casually anti-Semitic and not particularly kind to anyone.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Even before its concluding volume, Sattouf’s saga of struggle and survival has established itself among the most powerful memoirs the comics medium has seen.” — Booklist, starred review

“This work will undoubtedly win more accolades as the author continues the proposed five-volume series. Readers familiar with Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS will be well rewarded when they pick up this similarly engrossing book.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016

Drawn from the 14,000+ titles in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall Announcements issue (available in full here), these Macmillan titles are PW‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016:
Fiction

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Foer’s first novel in 11 years is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis.

Mystery/Thriller/Crime

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
Bestseller Gross revisits the horrors of WWII in this thriller involving an Allied plot to rescue an atomic physicist from Auschwitz.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

INVISIBLE PLANETS: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited and trans. by Ken Liu
This stellar anthology of 13 stories selected and translated by Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series) brings the best of Chinese science fiction to anglophones.

EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
In this deeply compelling debut novel, Shawl takes readers to an alternate Earth where the inhumane history of the Belgian Congo is brilliantly rewritten when Africa’s indigenous populations learn about steam power.

Comics/Graphic Novels

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984–1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
Sattouf’s dark-humored memoir of his dysfunctional family and childhood in Syria continues.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies

GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson
The riches-to-rags story of the last of the romantics—a 19th-century opium eater, celebrity journalist, and professional doppelgänger. readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: January 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe January 2016 Indie Next list includes 3 Macmillan titles!

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, is also a Winter 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and has THREE starred reviews. “ROSALIE LIGHTNING is a masterpiece—and a luminous tribute to a brief, beautiful life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
Three stars for Brown’s debut novel about a young couple on the run from pursuers across Sherman’s March through Georgia in the final year of the Civil War. “Much like Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN in style, subject, and mood, but also as evocative of the nineteenth-century American landscape as Karen Fisher’s A SUDDEN COUNTRY, this is a masterpiece that deserves a full serving of accolades.” — Booklist, starred review

THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE meets ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup, THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is the remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult. “This well-written book is hard to put down and hard to forget.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

B&N Winter 2016 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Winter 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes five Macmillan titles!

CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. This important new work has already received two starred, rave reviews: “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, has received three rave, starred reviews, and is a January 2015 Indie Next pick! “Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.” — Library Journal, starred review

SHELTER by Jung Yun
A debut novel that weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. “In her intense debut, Jung explores the powerful legacy of familial violence and the difficulty of finding the strength and grace to forgive.” — Publishers Weekly
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Adult Books for Teens

Librarians often ask for recommendations of adult titles that their teen patrons will enjoy. These adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly appropriate and accessible to teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet

A “heartfelt first novel” with “sharp cultural observations and terrific dialogue.” New York Times Book Review

“Here, perfectly articulated through Lizet, is the experience of being a first-generation child of immigrants in America… But above all, in Lizet’s story, we have a thrilling, deeply fulfilling journey of a young woman stepping into her own power.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“While Crucet’s bildungsroman is specific to Cuban American Lizet Ramirez and her quest to find out who she is amid the cacophony of life in the United States, it succeeds on such a universal level that she could easily be a coming-of-age poster child.”Booklist, starred review

“Told largely in flashback by an older and wiser Lizet, this coming-of-age story achieves a wry and wistful tone. Debut novelist Crucet depicts with insight and subtlety the culture shock, confusion, guilt, and humiliations of the first-generation college student.” Library Journal

WEIGHTLESS by Sarah Bannan

“In this finely crafted debut, Bannan skillfully delivers a tale of modern-day bullying… Bannan’s provocative novel will stay with readers long after they finish it, and should be an especially effective read for teens.” —Publishers Weekly

“Raises haunting and urgent questions regarding personal responsibility and the culture of bullying in the age of social media.” Booklist

“Bannan’s first novel takes a skillfully nuanced approach to the high school mean girls drama plot. No easy emotional pull of championing vindication for a victim here; expect instead to experience the unease of tangled intentions and perceptions that leave no clear answers while offering deep insights.” —Library Journal readmoreremove

Stars & More for ROSALIE LIGHTNING!

ROSALIE LIGHTNING is Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. Using the graphic form to articulate his and his wife’s on-going search for meaning in the aftermath of Rosalie’s death, Hart explores themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth, and eventually finding hope again.

A January 2015 Indie Next pick
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick
THREE starred reviews:

“Using stories from popular culture, mythology, and folklore as metaphors for his own experiences, Hart takes an extremely personal experience of loss and grief and makes it universal. Incredibly moving, and stunningly executed.” — Booklist, starred review

“The death of a child is one of the heaviest subjects imaginable, and to capture that devastation in a very cartoony style, as Hart does here, is no small feat. Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.”
Library Journal, starred review

“What catapults this graphic novel into greatness, however, is its honesty. Hart delves into details other creators might have excised—Rosalie’s favorite phrases, the odd thoughts one fixates on in the midst of catastrophe—and it is this candor that will likely leave many readers in tears. ROSALIE LIGHTNING is a masterpiece—and a luminous tribute to a brief, beautiful life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

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