Total Jazz - Blutch

Staff Pick

This collection of vignettes and short stories, taken from his work for Jazzman magazine from the 1990s to the 2000s, is a fitting homage to jazz, a genre that Blutch obviously loves. Like the music whose name the book borrows for its title, Total Jazz is a loose and unrestrained succession of stories not only about jazz and jazz musicians but also about the various disciples and weirdos who love the artform, from the record collector to the concertgoer. As a whole, the collection is uneven, sometimes perplexing, but always interesting. For a comic about jazz, what else can you expect?

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By Blutch
ISBN: 9781683960867
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Fantagraphics - February 20th, 2018

Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmed Saadawi

Staff Pick

In Saadawi's Baghdad, strange things are afoot. There have been sightings of a grotesque figure on a killing spree without any apparent motive or pattern. A junk dealer who goes by the name Hadi has been claiming that the criminal is a corpse made out of different body parts from different victims of several bombings in Baghdad. Such is the basic set up of Ahmed Saadawi's novel which uses its supernatural premise to explore the lives of the people affected by secular violence that has been plaguing Iraq ever since the American occupation and the lives of the people affected. It is a visceral and harrowing novel worthy of its literary namesake.

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ISBN: 9780143128793
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Published: Penguin Books - January 23rd, 2018

Call Me By Your Name - Andre Aciman

Staff Pick

In Aciman's masterpiece and most well-known work, he introduces us to 17-year-old Elio and his love affair with 24-year-old Oliver during one summer in Italy. They go from wary strangers to kindred friends and then finally to passionate lovers. Aciman takes us into the highs and the lows of a young man's sexual and romantic awakening with such narrative skill that, despite the narrative specificity and the trapped-in-time quality of the novel, everyone can still recognize the rapture that accompanies desire and longing. Matched with lyrical writing and penetrating insight, Call Me by Your Name secures its place as a modern masterpiece.

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ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008