Asterios Polyp
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This astoundingly illustrated and touching story stars a fifty year old professor of architecture who navigates life as a critic. Unfortunately this attitude overflows into his relationships, one of which is with his invisible twin brother. His life holds scenes that remain meaningful after the book has been closed
Exit Wounds
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This beautifully drawn story is set in modern-day Tel Aviv. It’s about a young man driving a cab who lives with his aged Aunt and Uncle. A mysterious girl proceeds to tell him that an unidentified body from a bomb blast may have been his estranged father. Fragility of love and loss is gently explored as they find a more complex resolution than would seem possible. Moran a talented female artist and writer, was former editor of the Israeli version of MAD magazine.
Why I Hate Saturn
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For women who have sisters this book is a humorously dark account of two wildly differing personalities of two sisters Anne and Laura. The first is a writer with a caustic and somewhat alcoholic view of being a single adult in New York. Laura her sister is a vegetarian environmentalist neat freak who believes she is from the planet Saturn and has a spacesuit to prove it. Enter into this scenario a bit of madness and crazy relationships as well as a flamethrower and you have a great premise for a story.
Rex Libris: I, Librarian
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For librarians and library users this is a funny look at the Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library which is an incredible time capsule of ancient and modern texts saved from pernicious overdue fines by this dedicated immortal with bottle glasses and an arsenal of high tech weapons. He is accompanied by a bird with world domination fantasies. Some of his fellow librarians have mysterious powers which are helpful when the barbarians invade the stacks.
Tammy Pierce Is Unlovable
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This small colorful book is based upon a 1980’s high school teenager’s diary found in a gas station bathroom. The main character Tammy is not popular, not smart, not attractive and fighting a war with her body and society. There are no perfect solutions to her search for love and understanding and it humorously reminds us of having obnoxious younger siblings also changing in the locker room.
Skim
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The main character is a Canadian Asian tenth grade girl who is navigating awkwardly through her social world while holding on to a wry perspective on life and the people around her. She is witnessing the post-divorce attitudes of her parents, Wiccan and Goth AA groups and teen suicide and relationships. Her English teacher is a role model who leaves. This glimpse into free-flowing scenes of her life and abstract graphical interpretations of what it means to feel different and sixteen are poignant and true.
Daniel X Alien Hunter
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This graphic novel was written by the popular author of The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. In it a fifteen year old alien hunter is going down the list that his parents left of alien outlaws and trying to eliminate Number 7. The connective intelligence of ants is explored as well as friendship even if the friends are all imaginary reconstructions. The art is fanciful using effervescent colors.
Andromeda stories
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As an artist of manga Takemiya has won awards and also teaches about it at a Kyoto University. Her fluid style offers an enjoyable depiction of a science fiction series written by Mitsuse about the kingdoms of Cosmoralia and Ayodoya and the falling of an evil star. A mysterious female warrior aids the Princess and Prince along with an elderly healer in the forest. After the birth of twin heirs the story accelerates into an amazing adventure.
With The Light: Raising an Autistic Child
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With the Light is an eight part series in a manga form that describes the growth and accomplishments of an autistic boy named Miyu. Family troubles including finding good schools, personal situations including friendship, and showing balance in both concern and support in their relationship to him and his world make this a good story that help readers understand what this difference in adjusting to daily life means.
Hope for Hashimoto’s
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What is interesting about the book is how the author describes the patient lifestyle for an autoimmune disease. Comparing it to a set of scale that balances between healthy and unhealthy areas and what may cause an upset in equilibrium makes this more understandable. In 2005 over 100 autoimmune diseases were recognized by the National Institute of Health affecting over 23.5 million people and many of them got through 6 to 8 doctors before getting diagnosed. Environmental versus genetically caused conditions are also discussed and what might be triggers for some of them.
Art Of The Chicken Coop
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Delightful ideas for coops for your feathered flock including Materials Lists and the capacity and design tips with photos of each step make this a practical book. Interesting and fun facts are of the bottom of the pages with recipe ideas. Profiles of chicken raising people and their experience are shared to make this an effective tool for people who are contemplating adding poultry to their lives. The one that I most enjoyed was the Gypsy Hen Caravan style coop the author designed and plans are included.
The Night Circus
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This is a wonderful magical tale with two main characters Marco and Celia who were raised by magicians to offer resolution of a game showcasing the strength of their magical skills. The arena is Le Cirque des Rives a circus that appears randomly throughout the world and only takes place in the nighttime. The author involves the reader in a sensory description that walks you through the black and white tents experiencing treats and wonderful smells as you travel through the books pages.

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