Maids, by Katie Skelly

Staff Pick

Maids opens with a bloody eyeball casually lying on the ground, setting the scene for an uncanny retelling of the Papin Sisters' murder of their wealthy employers. The dialogue here is succinct but Skelly's artwork deftly conveys themes of class tensions, power, femininity, and female rage. The Papin sisters' close relationship was enigmatic to the French public, and Skelly explores this inscrutable dynamic between them; juxtaposing scenes of their earlier life in the convent with their present life serving the Lancelin family, she depicts their knowing looks and cryptic speech, offering glimpses into the Papins' private world. Fraught with tension behind its glossy, girly veneer, Maids is a graphic novel that reminds us not to underestimate the power of women pushed to their limits.

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ISBN: 9781683963684
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Fantagraphics - October 13th, 2020

Apsara Engine, by Bishakh Som

Staff Pick


Som's beautiful collection of stories will keep readers on their toes as she unflinchingly challenges cultural and gender norms and opens up new worlds and possibilities, inviting us to expand the limits of imagination. Throughout, Som's interest in interrogating spatiality is evident not simply in the text but in the way she presents her work, employing traditional comic-book techniques then switching it up to emphasize larger-than-life moments. Mixing the fantastic with the more banal parts of everyday life, Som reminds us that even within what we consider normative there is always space for much deeper, richer possibilities--sometimes it's only a matter of creating that space ourselves.

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ISBN: 9781936932818
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Published: Feminist Press - April 14th, 2020

Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner

Staff Pick

Zauner reports that her mother adored the word "lovely," which for her "encompassed a certain beauty and ardor"--an apt description for Zauner's memoir itself. In moving prose, the singer paints a vivid picture of the pain she endured growing up as the biracial daughter of a Korean mother (with whom she had a complex relationship) and an American father, one that will resonate deeply with those who straddle the line between two cultures. Using food as a central motif, Zauner organizes her account around the dishes and snacks that evoke particular memories, showing us intimate moments she shared with her family in Oregon and Seoul; so richly intertwined are the meals and emotions, that Zauner uses loss of appetite as a metaphor for grief and decline. This is a raw--and truly lovely--work that will stay with you.



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ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021