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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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Ice Haven

By Daniel Clowes

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Originally published in a somewhat different form as part of Daniel Clowes's occasional comic book Eightball, this piece finds Clowes moving beyond the withering satire of his earlier works to a more nuanced style. Readers will wince even as they feel sympathy for the self-deluded characters who reside in Ice Haven. This group of oddballs plays out their stories against the mysterious disappearance of a little boy named David Goldberg, whose possible murder recalls the Leopold and Loeb case. Clowes unfolds the multi-faceted story as a series of brief comics, some drawn in a wildly cartoony style, others in his well-known 20th-centeury style. Color illus. 88p.
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Two young mice suspect their new neighbor has stolen their garden pail in this Toon Book graphic novel. (Ages: 4+).
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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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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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Cyclopean alien Zig and his best friend, the robotic encyclopedia Wikki, travel to a distant planet in search of a new lifeform to use as a pet, a distant planet called: Earth! There, Zig and Wikki find themselves suprisingly small compared to Earth creatures, and their quest to tame titanic dragonflies, toads, and raccoons is a dangerous one indeed. Full of wildlife facts! (Ages: 4-8).
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This visually stunning and incredibly moving graphic story is hauntingly beautiful. The story of immigration, family, magic, labor and humanity is one of the most original children's stories in recent memory. A classic to be read again and again, this tale has to be seen to be believed. This perfect book speaks in images only, invoking the adage, 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' (Ages: 9 & up).
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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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Silly Lilly tries out a new job every day of the week, from acrobat to vampire.
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You Can't Win

By Jack Black

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Jack Black’s autobiography was a bestseller and went through five printings in the late 1920’s. It has led a mostly subterranean existence since then – best known as William S. Burroughs’s favorite book. It’s an amazing journey into a hobo underworld: freight hopping around the still wide open West at the turn of the 20th century, becoming a member of the “yegg” (criminal) brotherhood and a highwayman, learning the outlaw philosophy from Foot-and-a-half George and the Sanctimonious Kid, getting hooked on opium, passing through hobo jungles, hop joints and penitentiaries. This new edition also includes an Afterword that tells some of what became of Black after he wore out the outlaw life and washed up in San Francisco, wrote this book and reinvented himself. 279p.
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