Chicken with Plums - Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi follows her Persepolis volumes with another beautiful chapter of her family’s history.  Chicken With Plums (Pantheon, $12.95) tells the story of Satrapi’s great uncle, the celebrated Iranian musician, Nasser Ali Khan.  When his beloved tar is damaged beyond repair, Khan decides he’d rather die than take up a lesser instrument.  Satrapi’s sparse narration and distinctive black-and-white illustration guide us through his final weeks.  Over those seven days, Khan looks back on a life filled with passion and regret, fixating on lost loves, family legacies, and favorite dishes.  


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ISBN: 9780375714757
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Published: Pantheon - April 14th, 2009

The Book of Genesis - R. Crumb

The subversive comic book artist R. Crumb has illustrated The Book Of Genesis (W.W. Norton, $24.95). This odd pairing has produced an unexpectedly beautiful rendering of the Bible. Every line is illustrated, frame by frame. Crumb fills in actions that are merely suggested by the language. The words take on new meaning; the pictures help interpret the content and provide understanding beyond the literal text. Crumb’s depictions emphasize the humanity of the figures. The illustrations are hypnotic and fascinating. Most important, by focusing on a line-by-line reading, an experienced Bible reader absorbs the text with more care.

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ISBN: 9780393061024
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 19th, 2009

The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders - Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre, Frederic Lemercier

With a combination of graphic narrative and stark black-and-white photos, The Photographer (First Second, $29.95) is the story of Didier Lefevre’s 1986 expedition into Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders. The group crossed the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier at night and headed into the mountains, risking dizzying falls, bandits, and Russian patrols in the hope of setting up new hospitals. Largely a story of personal discovery, this book goes much further by offering Didier’s original photographs alongside Emmanuel Guibert’s stunning drawings. This is a beautiful, timely, and necessary book.

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ISBN: 9781596433755
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Published: First Second - May 12th, 2009