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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Tiến doesn’t know the Vietnamese words to tell his mom he’s gay. His mom misses her home and family back in Vietnam. Together, they read fairy tales, and the stories help them both – to process grief, to bridge cultures, and ultimately to reach out to each other. The art is so beautiful -- and so is the story!

 


Review by Allie

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Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250249210
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2022

I preordered this book after falling in love with the Seattle Pinball Museum and it did not disappoint! This full-color history of pinball with tips and tricks is as informative as it is surprisingly inspiring.


Review by Lily

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Let's Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781984858757
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ten Speed Press - June 22nd, 2021

This is a super user-friendly cookbook, but more importantly to me - it's got a user-friendly recipe for xiao long bao. That's right baby, we're talking about dumplings filled with soup. The warmest, coziest, savoriest, most wholesome meal I can fathom. I defy you to make a cozier dish than this.

 


Review by Anje

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683964100
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Fantagraphics - March 23rd, 2021

Muted watercolor illustrations paired with grade school cursive on grade school writing paper published from the Seattle small press, Fantagraphics, I was endeared to Mannie Murphy from the beginning. Genderqueer and a Portland native themself, Murphy illustrates the dark history of the Rose City as well as the life and death of their teenage adulation, River Phoenix. My only complaint is that I wanted more!

 


Review by Emily

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Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

What's the difference between loneliness and solitude? What cruelties, or kindnesses are born out of the inevitable loneliness of living? This bleak and beautiful book tries to address those questions and more. Radtke bares it all in illustrations as compelling as her thoughts. It's an instruction manual for being  human and a guidebook for this time.


Review by Erin

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Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

It's hard to prepare yourself for a book like Seek You. Not quite memoir, not quite essay, and never what you'd expect, Kristen Radtke has somehow captured the essence of loneliness in an era that will surely be defined by it. There are panels of ocean tides and isolated sitcom-watchers that send me deeper into myself every time I see them—I've been those isolated sitcom-watchers; I've felt those ocean tides. Radtke diagnoses our loneliness without pity or preciousness. What else to call this but a masterpiece?


Review by Spencer R.

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Feelings: A Story in Seasons Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780593129753
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House - March 2nd, 2021

Thapp is a storyteller in the way she visualizes the human experience of feeling emotions. Through her use of soft color palettes and minimalist art, she captures how it feels to grow with the seasons. Her words are rich with comfort, yet sting with familarity. It is a book to sit by your bedside table and to go back to with each passing year in order to reassure of our everchanging experiences with our emotions.


Review by Javi

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The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
By K. O'Neill, K. O'Neill (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620107379
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Oni Press - June 16th, 2020

Everything about this delightful little book is perfect. From the art, the colors, the world and the characters that inhabit it. From page 1, you are welcomed with big, open friendly arms. You feel so immersed in the story, you start to notice the slight scent of tea brewing. It is packed with messages, telling us to pursue our passions and take care of ourselves and others. Highly, highly recommend.


Review by Javi

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The Daughters of Ys Cover Image
By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626728783
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - August 11th, 2020

I once heard a tall tale about M. T. Anderson that I like to repeat. While he was writing Feed, his futuristic Young Adult novel in which the English language has evolved to the point of near unrecognizability, he read nothing but teen magazines. While writing the Octavian Nothing duology, set just before and during the Revolutionary war, he consumed no media that was created after 1800. If these incredible stories are true, I wonder how he conjured this incredibly deftly written graphic novel. Did he enslave a sea serpent? Fall in love with one of the Fae? Or did he just find a fairy tale that hit a vein of deep humanity, because Anderson tapped in on this one. 


Review by Kitri

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Bug Boys: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984896766
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House Graphic - February 11th, 2020

Stag-B and Rhino-B are best friends and live together in a giant mushroom. Open this book and come along as they find buried treasure, explore a glowing cave, go the library, and help each other through life's ups and downs. This is one of my favorite graphic novels for kids and adults alike!


Review by Christina

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