The Hive - Charles Burns

The Hive (Pantheon, $21.95) is the second graphic novel in Charles Burns’s trilogy about Doug, a man with a Tintin mask and a haunted past. In this volume, Doug sifts through his memories in an effort to recall the tragic event that shattered him—shattered him in both our world and in an alternative universe. Burns’s compelling style and gripping storytelling ensures a smooth landing for these narrative jumps between worlds, time periods, and dreams.
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ISBN: 9780307907882
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Published: Pantheon - October 9th, 2012

Building Stories - Chris Ware

Touted as an instant classic, Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories gives us a peek into the lives of the inhabitants of a Chicago apartment building (an old woman, a young amputee, a forever bickering couple) and their struggles to find meaning amid the isolation of modernity. Ware’s characters existentially writhe amid commonplace failures, mundane routines, and the crushing grip of loneliness. More akin to a puzzle box, Building Stories contains 14 distinct books, booklets, and pamphlets that, much like the trick of memory, are ordered and constructed as the reader sees fit. Ware exposes something utterly human through his meticulous documentation of the ordinary, and takes us so deep into his characters’ lives that it becomes impossible to separate their struggles from our own.
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ISBN: 9780375424335
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Published: Pantheon - October 2nd, 2012

Blasphemy - Sherman Alexie

I have been a Sherman Alexie fan ever since I read The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. I thought then, and still think, that more people should read his work. Blasphemy, (Grove, $27), a collection of new and previously published stories, is a great place to start if you have yet to discover this uniquely gifted writer. I find his stories by turns beautiful, poetic, heartbreaking, funny, scary, and real. His work is always salted with a good dash of anger—he grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation and his work reflects this experience. Alexie never backs down from the harsh realities of life on the reservation, but there is always poetry there, too (and Alexie has also published several collections of poems). His characters are often self-effacing and ravaged by deprivation, hunger, alcoholism, but are beautiful nonetheless. Alexie is a master at mixing the beautiful with the profane—and that is the essence of Blasphemy.

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ISBN: 9780802120397
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2012

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ISBN: 9780802121752
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Published: Grove Press - October 8th, 2013