Letters for Lucardo -- Otava Heikkila

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For Adults (18+) Only


I really enjoyed this book. If you love romance, erotica and graphic novels, or you’d like to experience all three genres together, then I’d highly suggest this book. This was my first time reading anything labeled as an ‘erotic graphic novel’ although Ed and Lucardo’s romance turned out to be much more emotional than physical. The eternally 33 year-old Lucardo makes the first move on his 61 year-old scribe, Edward. The cute couple who are invested in growing a loving relationship with each other find Lucardo’s family wanting anything but for them to stay together.

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ISBN: 9781945820045
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Iron Circus Comics - October 17th, 2017

Dementia 21 -- Kago

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At long last, the work of provocateur comics artist Shintaro Kago has been translated into English! Dementia 21 is a collection of stories featuring Yukie Sakai, a young and energetic caregiver who dedicates her life to helping the elderly. Even when the elderly begin to self-replicate...or develop psychic powers...or take over the minds of others through dentures. A brutally funny and irreverent take on how our society treats the old, and ourselves.

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By Kago
ISBN: 9781683961062
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics - September 25th, 2018

Belonging by Nora Krug

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As you read Belonging (Scribner, $30), you will consult the endpapers’ bearing the author’s maternal and paternal family trees with more and more trepidation the further Nora Krug digs into that history. Belonging is a spellbinding, visually inventive graphic memoir about one German immigrant’s meticulous investigation of those lives during the Nazi era. Visually, it combines Krug’s handwritten text with her soft pencil and color-wash drawings, family photos, flea-market finds of postcards and WWII collectibles, and bureaucratic forms. A facsimile of her uncle’s essay on “The Jew, A Poisonous Mushroom” (with teacher’s corrections and cartoons) is bone-chilling. Written when he was thirteen, Franz-Karl would be dead five years later, fighting on the Italian front. (Krug’s father, born just after the war, is named Franz-Karl in his honor.) Krug wrestles with family tales and memories, and keeps searching for facts—whether exonerating or damning.  The book takes us on an inexorable, powerful journey—one person’s wrestling with Heimat, and what being German means today.

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home By Nora Krug Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476796628
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2018