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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
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The Black Forest by Curt Gettman
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As an art book, there is a lot to enjoy, but as a comics/folktale collection, most of the pieces are too short and lacking in satisfying narrative threads.
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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
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Hilary Sycamore should win an award for their coloring work in this book. I think it makes the whole thing, draws together the creepy, mysterious story with the confident, vibrant art to make a world that I got sucked into and didn't want to put down ...more
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The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne
The Wendy Project
by Melissa Jane Osborne (Goodreads Author)
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Beautifully drawn, ostensibly as a therapy journal/comic for a girl whose car accident cost her youngest brother's life ... or did he go to Neverland with Peter Pan? Honestly, the drawing in of the Peter Pan storyline seemed forced and unnecessary, o ...more
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Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Real Friends
by Shannon Hale (Goodreads Author)
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It would be very hard not to be hit in the feels with this one - if you've had any anxiety or trouble with friends growing up, you will probably find this story affecting. It's a comic based on Hale's life growing up, sectioned into the names of her ...more
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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill
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A step up in plot game from her first graphic novel, this has appeal above the middle grades, is a cute and gentle story about friendship and appreciating things that take time to learn and pass on. Every creature in this book is adorable. Make sure ...more
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Satania by Fabien Vehlmann
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This writing/art team might be my favorite in comics. They always bring a story with scary, gross, funny, sads, beautiful layers, something to get lost in, something that I've never imagined.
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Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bellweather Rhapsody
by Kate Racculia (Goodreads Author)
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Much darker than I thought it'd be, in a good way. A perfect cover. A shabby, slightly creepy, beautiful setting, with intersecting stories of moments of coming-into-yourself rather than coming-of-age, because these moments happen at intervals in lif ...more
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No Small Plans by Gabrielle Lyon
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I wish the cover were more appealing because this was a great fictional mesh of city planning, community activism, and teens realizing how their varying lives and privileges intersect with one another and their city, in 3 sections - past, present, an ...more
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Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bellweather Rhapsody
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Elizabeth Bishop
“I have seen it over and over, the same sea, the same,
slightly, indifferently swinging above the stones,
icily free above the stones,
above the stones and then the world.
If you should dip your hand in,
your wrist would ache immediately,
your bones would begin to ache and your hand would burn
as if the water were a transmutation of fire
that feeds on stones and burns with a dark gray flame.
If you tasted it, it would first taste bitter,
then briny, then surely burn your tongue.
It is like what we imagine knowledge to be:
dark, salt, clear, moving, utterly free,
drawn form the cold hard mouth
of the world, derived from the rocky breasts
forever, flowing and drawn, and since
our knowledge is historical, flowing, and flown.”
Elizabeth Bishop, North and South

Bret Easton Ellis
“We're at a dinner party in an apartment on Rue Paul Valéry between Avenue Foch and Avenue Victor Hugo and it's all rather subdued since a small percentage of the invited guests were blown up in the Ritz yesterday. For comfort people went shopping, which is understandable even if they bought things a little too enthusiastically. Tonight it's just wildflowers and white lilies, just W's Paris bureau chief, Donna Karan, Aerin Lauder, Ines de la Fressange and Christian Louboutin, who thinks I snubbed him and maybe I did but maybe I'm past the point of caring. Just Annette Bening and Michael Stipe in a tomato-red wig. Just Tammy on heroin, serene and glassy-eyed, her lips swollen from collagen injections, beeswax balm spread over her mouth, gliding through the party, stopping to listen to Kate Winslet, to Jean Reno, to Polly Walker, to Jacques Grange. Just the smell of shit, floating, its fumes spreading everywhere. Just another conversation with a chic sadist obsessed with origami. Just another armless man waving a stump and whispering excitedly, "Natasha's coming!" Just people tan and back from the Ariel Sands Beach Club in Bermuda, some of them looking reskinned. Just me, making connections based on fear, experiencing vertigo, drinking a Woo-Woo.”
Bret Easton Ellis

Marilyn Hacker
“Lovely and unremarkable, the clutter
of mugs and books, the almost-empty Fig
Newtons box, thick dishes in a big
tin tray, the knife still standing in the butter,
change like the color of river water
in the delicate shift to day. Thin fog
veils the hedges, where a neighbor dog
makes rounds. 'Go to bed. It doesn't matter
about the washing-up. Take this book along.'
Whatever it was we said that night is gone,
framed like a photograph nobody took.
Stretched out on a camp cot with the book,
I think that we will talk all night again,
there, or another where, but I am wrong.”
Marilyn Hacker, Winter Numbers: Poems

Ursula K. Le Guin
“By solitude the soul escapes from doing or suffering magic; it escapes from dullness, from boredom, by being aware. Nothing is boring if you are aware of it. It may be irritating, but it is not boring. If it is pleasant the pleasure will not fail so long as you are aware of it. Being aware is the hardest work the soul can do, I think.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Kelly Link
“When Carleton was three
months old, Henry had realized that they’d misunderstood something.
Babies weren’t babies—they were land mines; bear traps; wasp nests. They
were a noise, which was sometimes even not a noise, but merely a listening
for a noise; they were a damp, chalky smell; they were the heaving, jerky,
sticky manifestation of not-sleep. Once Henry had stood and watched
Carleton in his crib, sleeping peacefully. He had not done what he wanted
to do. He had not bent over and yelled in Carleton’s ear. Henry still hadn’t
forgiven Carleton, not yet, not entirely, not for making him feel that way.”
Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners

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