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The New York Trilogy

By Paul Auster

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Three novels form Paul Auster's acclaimed trilogy: City of Glass - As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written; Ghosts - Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a window of a rented room on Orange Street, Blue stalks his subject, who is staring out of his window; The Locked Room -Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of extraordinary novels, plays, and poems. What happened? DON'T MISS IT! 308P.
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Published in Poland after WWII, this collection of concentration camp stories depicts atrocious war crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine. Prisoners eat, work, sleep, and fall in love a few yards from where other prisoners are systematically slaughtered. The will to survive overrides compassion, and the line between the normal and abnormal wavers, than vanishes. Borowski, a concentration camp victim himself, understood what human being will do to endure the unendurable. 180p.
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X'ed Out

By Charles Burns

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Drawing inspiration from such diverse influences as Herge and William Burroughs, Charles Burns offers up this dazzling spectral fever-dream - and a comic-book masterpiece. Doug is having a strange night,. A weird buzzing noise on the other side of the wall has woken him up, and there, across the room, next to a huge hole torn out of the bricks, sits his beloved cat, Inky. who died years ago. But who's nonetheless slinking out through the hole, beckoning Doug to follow. Right. Full-color illustrations throughout. 56p.
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For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a 'temporary' safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaska control, and their dream iscoming to an end. Or is it? Amidst all this, homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. What? A murder right under his nose? The chess macher did it? Oy!!
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Begun in 1956, and published in The Village Voice, Jules Feiffer's weekly comic strip was one of the first to tackle 'sensitive' topics such as sexuality, religion, race and class, in an open and witty fashion. This first volume of four collects the Pulitzer and Academy-Award-winning artist's strips in a landscape hardcover format.
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Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the Inkwell, whose legacy is a hailstorm of tales of brutal retribution. Hawks worked for only a few years in the earliest days of the comic book industry (1939-1941). Because he worked in a gutter medium for second-rate publishers in third-rate characters, his work has largely been forgotten. But among aficionados - and Paul Karasik is right at the front of the line - he is legendary. This book collects fifteen of Hanks's stories (perpetrated in the spirit of a deranged, nightmarish vigor) in one volume, hinged to an afterword that illuminates aspects of his immensely sad, yet salvaged-by-creativity life. Color illus. 120p.
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The Left Bank Gang

By Jason

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An illustrated alternate-world tale in which graphic novels are a dominant form of fiction traces the careers of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, who meet in a Parisian bar to discuss the particulars of their work, the achievements of graphic giants Dostoevsky and Faulkner, and the recommendations of such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein. Original.
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Lengendary cartoonist Lorenzo Mattoitti (Fires, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) applies his virtuosic pen to novelist and screenwriter Claudio Piersanti's gripping fable of good, evil, sacrifice and ultimate redemption. B&W illus. 190p.
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Exit Wounds

By Rutu Modan

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A debut tour de force from Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel. 'Her characters' body language and facial expressions, rendered in the gestural 'clear line' style of Herge's Tintin books, are so precisely observed, they practically tell the story by themselves'. The present work is a graphic novel set amid the chaos and despari of the Middle East that somehow, even in that contested place, achieves a kind of radiant calm. It's a love story. But it's a love story that emerges in a region so beset by the agonies of war that simple human affection might seem beside the point. In Modanis hands, it is not. Color illus. 183p.
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From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today - and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that chldhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Originally published in 1982. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 177p.
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Masterpiece Comics

By R. Sikoryak

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This slim but densely sly volume collects twenty years of R. Sikoryak's classic lit/classic comics mashups. Blondie and Dagwood act out Genesis in 'Blonde Eve'; Garfield tempts Jon into a deal with the devil in 'Mephistofield'; and Batman turns into Raskol for a reworking of 'Crime and Punishment.' These retellings linger on the philosophical underpinnings of such tales. Color illus. 65p.
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The Acme Novelty Library #20: Lint

By Chris Ware

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Lint's world is dominated by language, and oversized words are graphic elements on almost every page. So are arrays of tiny dots frmo the face of baby Jordan as his consciousness coalesces and he speaks his first 'mama.' And at the end, as elderly Jordan is dying, his world disintegrastes into dots again, as he thinks 'am I...am....am' Which, of course, bleeds through the back cover to appear in almost indecipherable white type, as 'ma....ma....? 72p.
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Presented as a panorama of a single day in New York City, this collection of drawings by Denys Wortman goes a long way in 'rescuing' the cartoonist's work from oblivion. The result of some online sleuthing by James Sturm led to a connection with Wortman's son, who relayed that an archive of more than five thousand illustrations was literally sitting in his shed. For over thirty-five years, they'd been fighting the elements, i.e., rodents, rusty paperclips, and even a blizzard! Here, from coal cellars to roof tops, and opera houses to boarding houses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dishwashers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society mastrons, young mothoers, secretaries, and students who collectively made the city what it was and is today. Index of Dates of Drawings. B&W illustrations throughout. 288p.
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The Cardboard Valise

By Ben Katchor

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From the author of The Jew of New York; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Beauty Supply District; and several works of musical theater in collaboration with the composer Mark Mulcahy. In this winsomely , haunting graphic novel, an overstuffed suitcase becomes a ripe, comic metaphor for modern life. Set in a world tilted about 45 degrees away from reality, Katchor's story follows a number of characters through their quirky obsessions, each of which highlights a uniquely curious take on modernity. A hunt in the 'Saccharine Mountains' turns a BLT into a tongue-in-cheek metaphor ('the lettuce symbolizes the cost of living'), while the citizens of 'Outer Canthus' each undergo a symbolic funeral at the age of 47 (the dead do not live for very long), after which they are 'allowed to shed the burden of responsibility.' In the slurry of sketchy and gray-tongued surrealism, the titular valise stands out with a certain haunting magic: a cheap and disposable thing that contains multiples. Once its contents are unleashed upon the world, - who know what could happen! Cutout valise handles make this a definite carry-with, one-of-a-kind experience. Illustrated throughout. 128p.
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