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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean'()  

July 3, 2008 Douglas Wolk takes graphic novels seriously and dissects today's comic-book landscape.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'The Great Comic Book Heroes'()  

July 3, 2008 Jules Feiffer offers a critical history of comic books. He labels comics "junk" — only to vigorously defend our need for them.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'Super-Folks'()  

July 3, 2008 Super-Folks deconstructs and reconstructs the superhero genre for adult readers.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain'()  

July 3, 2008 The neuroses of superheros are analyzed through intensive therapy in Minister Faust's novel From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'Third Class Superhero'()  

July 3, 2008 Charles Yu's collection of short stories explores issues of identity and choice through empathetic characters like low-level superhero Moisture Man.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'Soon I Will Be Invincible'()  

July 3, 2008 Writer and video game designer Austin Grossman toes the line between satire and homage with his genre novel about superheroes living in an ordinary universe.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Excerpt: 'Dirty Words'()  

July 3, 2008 Adultery, commitment, sex, obsession — this encyclopedia covers all of these subjects and more.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Excerpt: 'Certain Girls'()  

June 29, 2008 Jennifer Weiner's novel about mother-daughter relationships is a vivacious and heart-warming read.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Excerpt: 'When You Are Engulfed in Flames'()  

June 24, 2008 David Sedaris' latest collection of essays covers his trademarked eclectic range of subjects, but with great focus on mortality.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Excerpt: 'Slumberland'()  

June 23, 2008 Paul Beatty creates rollicking soundscapes in his picaresque comedy Slumberland.

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