The Wall, by Marlen Haushofer

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First published in Germany in 1968, The Wall follows a woman who one morning realizes she is trapped alone behind an invisible barrier--and is evidently the last human left alive. Her “report” details her inner conflict as she tries to hang on to her humanity in a post-human world, while welcoming her unlooked-for freedom from the absurd, needless anxieties of civilization. Haushofer’s slow, deliberate prose and the narrative's long, continuous format perfectly match the rhythm of the narrator’s new life. In contrast to the pointlessly harried pace of existence pre-cataclysm, now the cycles of nature run their course, sorting and weeding out whatever isn’t necessary. The narrator details both that continual process as well as her reflections on the toll of humanity’s senseless brutality.

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By Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Claire Louise-Bennett (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780811231947
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Published: New Directions - June 21st, 2022

Not "A Nation of Immigrants," by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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Dunbar-Ortiz builds on her classic An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by examining how the US “legalized” its occupation of ethnically cleansed Indigenous Lands by recruiting immigrant settlers to build its population. She dissects historical distinctions between “good” and “bad” immigrants, and the dubious myth of the “perfect immigrant,” illustrating how immigrants are expected to integrate themselves into the country's continuing program of white supremacy and settler-colonialism.  


ISBN: 9780807055588
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Published: Beacon Press - August 23rd, 2022

One Beautiful Spring Day by Jim Woodring

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This collection gathers three of Jim Woodring’s graphic novels about the bipedal anthropomorph, Frank, and adds 100 pages of new work in which we witness Frank gaining, losing, and/or regaining friends, a romantic partner, his home, and his pets (the adorable Pupshaw and Pushpaw). Like all Frank stories, this one is wordless, with images rendered in thick lines with a steel-nibbed pen that gives them a classic feel running counter to the surrealism of the stories themselves. When you factor in the child-like nature of Frank and the other characters, the result is a touching, yet hilariously disturbing saga of friends seeking happiness in novelty but finding greater value in the familiar. 

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ISBN: 9781683965558
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Published: Fantagraphics - August 16th, 2022