Past Book Club Books!

In January, we read What You Don’t Get by Anne Thalheimer.

what“It’s not so much about life, death, and cats as it is about trauma, heartbreak, and struggling to do more than merely survive. It’s about how the threads of trauma are insidious and seemingly infinite, always lurking beneath the surface of a life — a life you might think you know. It’s about how moving forward isn’t necessarily moving on. And that it’s okay. Maybe not “normal”, but okay.” [link to description.]

chicagobeast1In October, we read The Beast of Chicago, part of Rick Geary’s Treasury Of Victorian Murder series.

He was the world’s first serial killer and he existed in the late 19th century, operating around the Chicago World’s Fair, building a literal house of horrors, replete with chutes for dead bodies, gas chambers, surgical rooms. He methodically murdered up to 200 people, mostly young women. The infamous H.H. Holmes is the next subject of Geary’s award-winning and increasingly popular series.

marchbookone_softcover_lgIn November, we read congressman John Lewis’s The March: Book One.

The New York Times #1 Bestselling Graphic Novel is back! As seen on The Colbert Report and CNN, this is the first graphic novel from a sitting member of Congress, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and American icon. John Lewis rose from humble beginnings to become a national leader of the civil rights movement. This is his story, from an Alabama farm to the March on Washington and beyond, co-written by Andrew Aydin and brought to astonishing life by Nate Powell in a graphic novel trilogy. With a back cover blurb by President Bill Clinton!

In September, we read Scott McCloud’s Zot! and took a special trip to Mount Holyoke to hear Scott speaking about Zot! and his other comics!

“The classic retrofit of the post-war comics gestalt.”Zot_cvr
– William Gibson

“Zot! is refreshing, lively, and truly entertaining. No contemporary comics artist does as much with the classical iconography of post-World War II flat yellow comics as Scott McCloud. Although McCloud appears to return us to a simpler time, we soon realize his simplicity masks a world of rich complexities.”
– Samuel R. Delany

“Zot! is wonderful. It’s a cross between Robert Heinlein and Tintin, and should please readers of all ages. It certainly pleased me and my children.”
– Greg Bear

“Zot! is a remarkable graphic narrative. The clean lines, graceful composition, brilliant colors, and buoyant, joyous feeling show his chief influence is the great C. C. Beck. But I detect touches here and there of Steve Ditko, the architectural complexities of Frank R. Paul, the zany exuberance of Dr. Seuss, the psychedelic neo-deco flowering of Peter Max, and the pre-deco fantasies of W. W. Denslow. The resulting synthesis is something purely McCloud’s. Couple this bright drawing style with a similarly energetic story line, and you have an irresistible mix.”
– Richard A. Lupoff  [Link to description]

In August, we read Last Days of an Immortal by Gwen de Bonneval and Fabien Vehlmann:

lastdays-coverWhen you live forever, what will you live for?

In our distant future, science will provide access to eternal life. With immortality a universal constant, the concept of crime takes on a new definition, giving rise to the “Philosophical Police,” agents trained to solve conflicts between individuals as well as entire species of aliens who have integrated into our society.  When two such species erupt in violence over a crime committed centuries ago, Police agent Elijah must submerge himself in each culture to understand how to overcome their ignorance of each other and bring about peace.  Soon, however, he finds himself confronting his own immortality, and examining the concept of death itself…

In a world where death no longer exists, why do so many want to give up on life?

LAST DAYS OF AN IMMORTAL is a classic, cerebral science fiction story in the tradition of JG Ballard, Gattaca, Solaris, and THX 1138. [Link to description]

In July 2013, we read Can of Worms by Catherine Doherty.

canAlthough she does not use her real full name (the character’s name is Catherine Margaret Flaherty), this is the autobiographical story of Catherine Doherty searching for her birth mother.

This mostly wordless graphic novel shows Catherine as she discovers she’s adopted as a child and much later as an adult she begins the search for her birth mother. [Link to description.]

In June 2013, we read Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships.

ageDaring heroes, breathtaking women, betrayals, love and death–the most spectacular war story ever told: The Trojan War. When a lustful Trojan prince abducts the beautiful Queen Helen of Sparta, Helen`s husband vows to recover her no matter the cost. So begins the Trojan War. From far and wide the ancient kings of Greece bring their ships to join the massive force to pledge their allegiance to High King Agamemnon. Featuring the greatest of the Greek heroes: Achilles, Odysseus, and Herakles, along with a cast of thousands. AGE OF BRONZE: A THOUSAND SHIPS reveals hidden secrets of the characters` pasts, serving up joy and sorrow, leading up to the brink of war, and foreshadowing the terror to come. Age of Bronze will be included in a major international exhibition travelling to three German museums in 2002. The exhibit is centered on the current excavations at Troy and features Age of Bronze in an exhibit devoted to modern interpretations of Troy. Age of Bronze has been nominated for numerous Eisner (The comic industry’s Oscar) Awards. Rack it in your mythology and historical fiction sections for even more sales success. [Link to description.]

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