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Ta-Nehisi Coates could have done many things after winning the National Book Award for Between the World and Me, his superb meditation on racial injustice and white supremacy in 21st Century America. Instead of pursuing any number of projects, he chose to write the relaunch of Marvel’s The Black Panther comic. In it, the Black Panther character is the superhero alter ego of T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, yet is struggling to combat an insurgency on its borders and a sense of unease even in the prosperous capital. What is so stunning here is how within the frame of a superhero comic book, Coates is able to ponder profound questions about the meaning of freedom in a semi-autocratic society, the obligation of the rulers towards the ruled, and whether technological progress is possible without hierarchy and some degree of coercion. Brian Stelfreeze’s art gorgeously depicts the environs of Wakanda and provides a lush, cinematic backdrop for Coates’ storytelling.

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By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781302900533
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Published: Marvel - September 13th, 2016

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The March Trilogy is one of the most important graphic novels created. A superbly told history of the civil rights movement, John Lewis’s personal account of the actions of individuals and organizations throughout the South (but focused largely in Alabama) is a gripping, passionate, and richly detailed narrative of the events that would eventually lead to the signing of landmark legislation—The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Lewis and Andrew Aydin tell this story in three perfectly paced volumes, with a focus on Lewis’s personal involvement that emphasizes the reality that civil rights activists faced throughout this struggle. The factual recounting of events is dramatic, engaging, and heartrending. The story is beautifully drawn by Nate Powell who delivers moments of quiet and introspection alongside powerful and brutal moments. Finally complete, March is a powerful story, made more evocative by the issues we continue to face today.

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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781603093958
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 6th, 2016

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Luvvie Ajayi, popular blogger at Awesomelyluvvie.com, brings her wit, irreverent views, and fierce humor to her collection, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. In her collection of insightful essays, Ajayi ridicules the spectacle of pop culture, from the never-ending iterations of The Real Housewives series to click-bait headlines driving fake news. This is Ajayi’s guidebook for navigating our super-connected digital world. However, it’s not all jokes in this poignant debut. Ajayi shines brightest when she takes on racial justice. In a moving essay about the story of Sandra Bland and policing in America, Ajayi gets at the core of what is so jarring about the current state of the country. It’s a brilliant strategy; by discussing the ludicrous, Ajayi creates a bond with the reader, allowing space for more difficult and transformative conversations. In a world full of judgment, Luvvie is here to remind us of our flaws, our mistakes, and how we are in need of deep reflection. More than anything, she’s here to remind us there is still a space, and hope, for meaningful connection, and we can still laugh while doing it.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781627796064
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - September 13th, 2016

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