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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama

by Alison Bechdel

Hardcover, 286 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • A Comic Drama
  • Alison Bechdel

Depicts the author's mother as a voracious reader, music lover and passionate amateur actress who quietly suffers as the wife of a closeted gay artist and withdraws from her young daughter, who searches for answers to the separation later in life.NPR Bestseller

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Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

by Harvey Pekar and J. T. Waldman

Hardcover, 176 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24.95, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Harvey Pekar and J. T. Waldman

A final graphic-novel memoir by the late author of American Splendor traces the loss of his Zionist faith against a backdrop of Jewish history, recounting how his growing disaffection with the modern state of Israel was shaped by the mythologies and realities of the Jewish homeland.

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Habibi

Habibi

by Craig Thompson

Hardcover, 655 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published September 20 2011 | purchase
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  • Craig Thompson

A graphic tale by the author of Blankets follows the relationship between two refugee child slaves who are thrown together by circumstance and who struggle to make a place for themselves in a world fueled by fear and vice, in a visual parable that touches on themes of cultural divisions and the shared heritage of Christianity and Islam. Read an excerpt from Habibi.NPR Bestseller

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Pinocchio

Pinocchio

by Frederic Felder, Winshluss, Frederic Boniaud and Thomas Bernard

Hardcover, 187 pages, Scb Distributors, $29.95, published April 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Frederic Felder, Winshluss, et al

Presents a dark rendition of a classic tale, a greedy Geppetto builds Pinocchio as a metallic weapon of war, while Jiminy Cockroach is a homeless squatter living the good life in Pinocchio's skull.

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Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

by Shigeru Mizuki and Jocelyne Allen

Paperback, 368, Drawn and Quarterly, $24.95, published April 26 2011 | purchase
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  • Shigeru Mizuki and Jocelyne Allen

From one of Japan's most famous cartoonists comes the semiautobiographical account of the final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of WorldWar II. Mizuki was a soldier himself and draws from personal experiences of a demoralizing war.

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Troop 142

Troop 142

by Mike Dawson

Paperback, 268 pages, Secret Acres, $20, published October 3 2011 | purchase
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  • Mike Dawson

A group of campers and counselors at a week-long scout retreat in the woods of New Jersey discover the truths between boys and men and growing out of adolescence.

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A Treasury of XXth Century Murder

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

by Rick Geary

Hardcover, 80 pages, Independent Pub Group, $15.99, published August 1 2010 | purchase
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  • The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
  • Rick Geary

The popular creator of The Lindbergh Child presents a graphic account of a serial killing case in post-World War I New Orleans, augmenting dramatic details with black-and-white illustrations and line shading to establish a historical setting. Jr Lib Guild.

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Green River Killer

Green River Killer

A True Detective Story

by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

Hardcover, 233 pages, Diamond Comic Distributors, $24.99, published September 13 2011 | purchase
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  • A True Detective Story
  • Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
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The Death-Ray

The Death-Ray

by Daniel Clowes

Hardcover, 48 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $19.95, published October 11 2011 | purchase
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  • Daniel Clowes

Teen outcast Andy, upon smoking his first cigarette, gets an impressive set of superpowers and discovers a ray gun that delivers a fatal blast, in a full-color graphic novel by the acclaimed creator of Ghost World.

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Hark! a Vagrant

Hark! A Vagrant

by Kate Beaton

Hardcover, 166 pages, Drawn & Quarterly , $19.95, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010

Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010

by Michael Kupperman

Hardcover, 148 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $19.99, published October 3 2011 | purchase
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