Captain Comics: Some interesting graphic novels, both serious and silly
It’s been raining graphic novels here in the Comics Cave. Let’s look at a few:“Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio,” by John “Derf” Backderf, Abrams ComicArts, $24.99.Backderf made a name for himself with “My Friend Dahmer,” a graphic novel that was part memoir, as Backderf actually knew the future serial killer as a teenager. I confess I haven’t read it.I also confess that I’m not especially fond of Backderf’s art style, which reminds me strongly of several underground cartoonists from the ‘60s (but not the famous ones). It’s serviceable but simplistic.But, boy howdy, does he make up for it with re...
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6 Short Books to Read and Pack For Your Trips
Readers, of course, always want to have a book on hand for those long flights and layovers. While ebooks and audiobooks are easier to transport, many prefer to hold a physical copy in their hands. Here are some easy-to-pack novels that won’t take up too much space in your carry-on bag.Birdieby Tracey Lindberg@sarjesa_incAlthough it’s just under 300 pages long, this novel is heavy with meaning and packs an emotional punch. Following the protagonist Birdie, the novel shows how trauma and its ensuing depression can affect a whole family, not just an individual. This is also a great read to divers...
Toni Morrison: five key novels
Paris (AFP) - Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison, a leading figure in African-American literature, has explored slavery's enduring legacy in a poetic, raw voice that has influenced generations of writers.Here are five standout novels:'The Bluest Eye' (1970)Morrison's first novel, published when she was 39, focused on a young black girl in 1940s Ohio who dreams of having blue eyes -- synonymous in her mind with whiteness and beauty in a world shadowed by slavery.It announced a vivid, raw voice, described at the time by the New York Times as "a prose so precise, so faithful...