Nonfiction Round-Up (1/15/20)

Saving a zoo under ISIS control + how artificial intelligence will erode employment + skills and principles of how to be a leader + an illustrated collection of love and relationship advice = this nonfiction round-up. FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo by Louise Callaghan “Callaghan’s (Middle East correspondent, […]

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Stars for DEEP DOWN DARK

Stars for DEEP DOWN DARK

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, trapping 33 miners underground for a record-breaking 69 days. In DEEP DOWN DARK, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar shares the untold stories of the miners through exclusive interviews. DEEP DOWN DARK is landing on Fall reading lists, […]

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Starred Review for Super Boys

Starred Review for Super Boys

Welcome to the peak of the week, librarian friends!

Today we're very excited to tell you and your comic-fan patrons about SUPER BOYS by Brad Ricca . It's the first comprehensive dual biography of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of Superman.

SUPER BOYS features the first stories and pictures ever published by the two, the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the template for Superman’s costume, and much more including Siegel's secret work during World War II, never-before-seen work from Shuster, and a final explaination of the infamous $130 check that took Superman away from his creators and placed him entirely in the hands of the publisher.

"At the end of this account, when Siegel’s and Shuster’s names are finally restored to the character, four decades after his creation, readers might find themselves leaping out of their chairs and cheering. A wonderful book, as exciting as Michael Chabon’s THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY (2000), which was, of course, inspired by Siegel and Shuster, and as gripping as Sean Howe’s excellent MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY (2012)." —Booklist (starred review)

The New Yorker reviewed the book and summarized the story of Siegel and Shuster in "Kryptonomics" published June 24th. Read the full article here.

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