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Friday Reads: Graphic Novels

Happy Friday! New York Comic Con is this weekend and we’re getting in the spirit with these new & forthcoming graphic novels:

GOING INTO TOWN: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?, Roz Chast’s new graphic memoir—a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan. “Chast’s voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A best-of collection of literary humour cartoons from the critically-acclaimed Guardian cartoonist. “The art is dominated by shadowy stick figures that inhabit often complex spaces, which somehow makes it all the more droll.” — Publishers Weekly

VERAX: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance: A Graphic Novel by Pratap Chatterjee & Khalil Bendib
In a sweeping graphic history, VERAX (“truth-teller” and one of Edward Snowden’s code names) recounts the full story of American electronic surveillance post 9/11, in brilliant comics form. “An accessible book that sounds the alarm on how modern technology can be used by the government against its citizenry.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

EVERYBODY RISE signed galley giveaway

StephanieCliffordEarlier this week New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford dropped by the Flatiron Building to tell us about her debut novel, EVERYBODY RISE.

In her day job as a court reporter, Clifford has a word limit for her stories but she wanted to go beyond those limits and write an epic, sweeping story. The inspiration? Memories from her days at an East Coast boarding school. Born and raised in Seattle, she experienced culture shock upon entering an elite world full of people from old money who all seemed to know who to hang out with and all the right clothes to wear.

Set that against the years just before the 2008 financial meltdown and you have EVERYBODY RISE: the story of 26-year-old Evelyn Beegan who is trying to jockey for social power and discovers that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway. In order to be accepted by this rarefied set, Evelyn must be seen as someone with established old money. Her lies start small, but quickly grow, and as she relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way.

To celebrate this exciting new talent, we’re giving away 5 signed galleys of EVERYBODY RISE! To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Everybody Rise) by Sunday, March 1. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print after the break.


“A superb debut. Everybody Rise is a 21st century version of a grand 19th century novel—a smart, moving tale of class, ambition, and identity.” — Malcolm Gladwell

“Full of ambition and grit. Clifford provides sharp-eyed access to a moneyed world and its glamorous inhabitants.” — Emma Straub

“A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions… Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a 21st century Edith Wharton.” — J. Courtney Sullivan

UPDATE 3/2/15: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners Jennifer Jumba of Cuyahoga County Public Library,  Maple Heights OH; Maria Colon of Ocean County Library, Manchester NJ; Mary Heinzman of St. Ambrose University Library, Davenport IA; Mary Schmotzer, Earl Gregg Swem Library, Williamsburg VA; and Joan Laderberg of City of Virginia Beach Library, Virginia Beach VA.