Since the book club is venturing into the world of graphic novels this month*, we decided to highlight some the library has acquired in the last couple of years. The last time we featured our graphic novel collection, the exhibit resulted in positive attention and suggestions that were used to guide our collection development. So, featured in the lobby this summer are selections from the library’s recent acquisitions. Here’s the list. All the books are available to check out for your summer reading pleasure.
The books include everything from The Cartoon History of the Universe to a comic book version of the Mahabharata, from The Sweeter Side of R. Crumb to The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom to Che: A Graphic Biography. The graphic novel with the longest title on display is The Fatal Bullet: a True Account of the Assassination, Lingering Pain, Death, and Burial of James A. Garfield, Twentieth President of the United States, also Including the Inglorious Life and Career of the Despised Assassin Guiteau. And the book with the most pages must be Gravity’s Rainbow Illustrated: One Picture For Every Page.
To find more graphic novels in Ignacio, the library catalog, search for the subject “graphic novels”. Or browse the 3rd floor stacks in the vicinity of PN 6727 and PN 6728 — many, but not all, are shelved there.
*If you’ve been hesitant to read a graphic novel, don’t worry, “graphic” just refers to the use of illustrations. “Graphic novel” is a format in which pictures and text work together to carry a narrative.