All Staff Picks

Banker To The Poor
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Someone actually asked poor people what would help them most.
Too Cool To Be Forgotten
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As a 44 year old man Andy Wicks is willing to try hypnosis to help quit his smoking habit. He wants to do it for his wife and daughters but the session sends him back in time. In high school again as an almost sixteen year old student he tries to survive the experience and find his way back emotionally as well as physically.
The Discworld Graphic Novels
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Here is a colorful exploration of the humor-filled Discworld series including The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. The profoundly inept wizard wannabe Rincewind escorts the tourist TwoFlower through a series of odd encounters while taking pictures, a lost spell of great importance and the indomitable luggage along.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
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Do you love your daughter but don't know how to express it? This book is the key. A must-read.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition)
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This book focuses on the self-correcting idea of finding a work style that works as a team. The different personalities and divisions that occur inside and outside the people in an organization are discussed that cause difficulties and lack of progress. Using sports team similes and plain speak the idea is presented that sharing the same uniform does not make a functional group. Illustrated by Kensuke Okabayashi this book works well for both managers and employees.
Clyde Fans. Book 1
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This beautifully drawn book in sepia tones shows the small quiet world of a fan dealer and salesman in historic Canada. Philosophical thoughts of presenting yourself and product to strangers while traveling by train to rural small towns in the mid- 1950’s brings close a lost period of history taking us along too.
Marzi
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A memoir of a young girl growing up in Poland under the communist regime at the end of WW II this cleverly drawn and simply told recollection offers insight into a place and time little understood of a decade of major transitions including the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Day to day struggles and triumphs for herself, her family and community help promote understanding in an effective and visually interesting manner.
Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness
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Looking closely into the soul and life of this legendary singer this book begins with an intimate take on his life and an unknown songwriter behind bars in Folsom prison. His family and past become real through the stark black and white drawings done by Reinhard Kleist, author and artist, a fan from Berlin.
Abe Sapien
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On his first solo adventure without Hellboy, Abe travels to an island off the coast of France to recover an item from a shipwreck; a Lipu dagger from the body of Vrooman the Dutch warlock killed in 1884. Giant eel attacks are just the beginning of his troubles caused by curses awakened in the watery ocean depths.
In the Trees, Honey Bees
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Vivid illustrations and informative captions give readers a glimpse into the daily lives of these important insects.
Alan’s War
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Artist and writer Guibert mixes evocative drawings with the memories of a World War II veteran. Describing his daily experiences from training in the U.S. to being deployed to fight in Germany Alan eventually ends up as a resident of France. His story is simply told, honest, straightforward and touching, allowing the reader to get a closer look at a personal perspective of being a soldier.
Angel: After The Fall, Volume 1
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Dramatic graphics in a dark yet vivid set of frames give this series an arresting tone. The unique style of mixing color and solid lines with fuzzier more muted and surreal backgrounds gives vampires and monster fighting an extra intensity. Buffy fans will appreciate this development in the plot threads.
Bubbles & Gondola: A Magical Graphic Novel
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The tale centers upon adventures of Charlie the mouse a writer working alone in his attic and somewhat protective of his personal intellectual space. Small to large interruptions occur regularly offering distractions that seem unwelcome, then symbolic of losing connections. Set free in a roving Ferris wheel car he keeps company with a small blue bird in a top hat introducing himself to Charlie as solitude. The community is preparing for an impressive costumed parade with many whimsical creations of playful animal-like characters drawn gracefully by Christophe Bouchard as Charlie looks into meanings inside and outside his mind.
Isadora Duncan
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Common characteristics are found of Isadora and Greek goddesses in her non-conformity to the fashion standards of New York of the early 1900’s. This version of the life of “The Barefoot Dancer” will delight dancers and show off the journey of a free spirit and artist who challenged many restrictions during her life.
One Soul
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Imagine a simultaneously drawn parallel of eighteen lives shown in different cultures, genders and places in time. The author has carefully shown pivotal periods of change in each of these lives following from birth to advanced age with intricate beautiful capturing done in his black and white illustrations illuminating the souls of these participants.
Indian By Choice
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This adult graphic novel written in a storytelling tradition has a young college student traveling to India to represent his family from Chicago at a wedding. He writes to his parents and sister during his visit and becomes more informed and understanding about his Indian name and culture as will the reader. The appendix has interesting facts and background about the country too.
Supermarket
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Follow the perspective of a savvy 16 year old in a future world who finds duplicity and irony in most human survival skills. Her ethical commentary is darkly humorous and graphics are well done showing a kind of free flowing effective technique. The colorful images keep the reader entranced.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
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This volume is the first of a series containing two episodes of a continuing story, Pterror Over Paris and The Eifel Tower Demon. Set in 1911, the main character is Adele Blanc-Sec a strong woman who will resort to extreme measures to locate a pterodactyl loose in the environs of Paris. The illustrations are compelling showing careful details reflecting architecture, fashions and language of the period.

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