Staff Pick

 About as addicting as an all-you-can-eat-buffet, Lisa Hanawalt’s Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn and Quarterly, $22.95) offers some of the funniest comics you’ll read this year. Her cartoon-y visual gags are lavishly colorful and as ridiculous as “Banana Embellishments,” “Snack Realism,” or “Bathroom Problems” makes them sound. Hanawalt’s food journalism somehow captures the passion and complexity of foodie culture, while never letting us forget the absurdity of cubes of scrambled egg or “tiny saffron-coconut ice cream-sandwich topped with Sturgeon caviar.” Please, pick up this book. Every page is a laugh--and where else will you see toucans flirting with deli-counter boys, or fall in love with horses all over again, or learn the meaning of “doof”?

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ISBN: 9781770462373
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 14th, 2016

Staff Pick

Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother was a dramatic and stylish nod to noir that introduced us to Bay City and its iconic P.I., Sam Hannigan. Now here’s Cousin Joseph (Liveright, $25.95) to give us some back story. Opening in the middle of the Great Depression, this prequel introduces Sam as a younger detective than the wise cynic of Kill My Mother; part of the Red Squad, he feels a few twinges of conscience, but can usually repress the guilt. Meanwhile, Bay City is rife with intrigue: Feiffer vividly conveys the period’s battles over unions, the activities of fat-cat Hardy Knox, and the fear of subversive Hollywood films. Unfolding at an elegant, even hypnotic pace, Feiffer’s narrative features a wide-range of characters, and as he sets them dancing on the page, he makes an inimitable contribution to both the graphic genre and the ongoing public debate about immigration, class, race, and identity.

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ISBN: 9781631490651
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Liveright - July 26th, 2016

Staff Pick

Ten years after Sylvia Beach had to close her legendary Paris bookshop, another American ex-patriate, George Whitman, opened Le Librairie Mistral in a tumble-down 16th-century building on the rue de la Bûcherie. When Beach passed away in 1964, he renamed his “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore” in her honor. Now run by his daughter and celebrating its 65th anniversary, the place has hosted tens of thousands of writers and, since these literary guests—aka Tumbleweeds—were welcome to stay indefinitely if they did a few hours of work for the store, read a book a day, and left a note, has almost as many stories to tell. Shakespeare and Company, Paris (DAP, $34.95) tells these stories decade by decade in rich collages of photos, poems, letters, and more. A book made for browsing, this volume recounts the store’s own life and times as well as inaugurating its new English-language publishing venture, headed by Krista Halverson. A former managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story, Halverson guided the magazine’s art direction and worked with guest designers, experience she’s put to excellent use as editor of this sumptuous album of pictures and spirited anthology of testimonials left by writers ranging from James Baldwin to Ray Bradbury, Allen Ginsberg to A.M. Homes.

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By Krista Halverson (Editor), Jeannette Winterson (Foreword by), Sylvia Whitman (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9791096101009
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Published: Shakespeare and Company Paris - September 27th, 2016