Country Music: The Masters (Sourcebooks, $49.99) is a love song by Marty Stuart, the great country singer, to the extraordinary figures that make, and have made, country music America’s music. From the moving final portrait of Johnny Cash to photographs of Little Jimmie Dickens and Merle Haggard, you have an invaluable document. There are pictures of Elvis Presley’s guitar and of Minnie Pearl’s hat; you can see the handwritten lyrics of Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”  Everywhere you look there is something that adds to your knowledge of the history of country music and its contributors. Also included are a CD containing 21 songs and a DVD of a music video of Stuart’s “Dark Bird.”

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ISBN: 9781402214530
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Published: Sourcebooks Mediafusion - November 1st, 2008

The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus explores the comics form—and how it formed him. In Breakdowns (Pantheon, $27.50) Art Spiegelman traces his life, from a MAD-obsessed boy in Queens to an adult examining his parents’ memories of Auschwitz. An illustrated essay looks back at the ‘60s as the artist himself reaches 60.

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ISBN: 9780375423956
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Published: Pantheon - October 7th, 2008

In the most literary graphic novel of the year, a grown family comes together at the shore for a last family reunion before the aging parents’ divorce. The relationships between the characters in Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagraphics, $29.99) oscillate between awkwardness and intimacy, as each member of the family pushes for autonomy and yearns for roots. Shaw’s deceptively simple illustrative shorthand draws a stark contrast to the emotional depth of the story.

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ISBN: 9781560979159
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Published: Fantagraphics - April 3rd, 2018