Monday, May 26, 2014

Armchair BEA Day 1: Literature







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By definition Literature is any written work. Though I love Historic Literature, and Classics today I want to talk about Graphic Novels. Here are just a few books form this genre that are wonderful examples of memoirs and fictionalized memoirs:


Maus is an illustrated narrative of Art Spiegelman’s parents experiences during the Holocaust. It is a riveting often  difficult read that I always recommend to those interested in  Graphic Novels.



Blankets is a memoir by Craig Thompson that explores his childhood and his first time falling in love. Its gorgeous and heartbreaking and incredibly brave work. I hadn't realized how much the work had effected me until I met Craig at a signing and was nearly in tears while chatting about life and his work :)



Essex County is a massive volume that collects three interconnected stories about several generations of families bound by Love, Anger and Hockey. I’m a huge fan of Jeff Lemire. I love his stark illustrations and narrative prowess.



I hope you give one or all of these books a try! They are considered classics in their genre and are easily found online or in libraries.


Kristina said...

I'll admit I would not of thought of Graphic novels and literature but can totally see it. Essex County sounds interesting and will have to check it out.

fredamans said...

I'm getting into graphic novels and manga the older I get.. which is funny when you think about it.
Have to check these ones out.

Skeeter Lee said...

I am working my way through Persepolis (an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi) right now.

I didn't give much thought to graphic novels when I was younger.

As I get older, I am reading them more. Like fredamans...

I am making a note to check out the ones you listed.

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Maus is the only graphic novel I read in a college literature class, if that says anything about anything. I'll have to check out Blankets and Essex County.

Holly Schindler said...

Visiting your blog via ABEA; my YA mystery / thriller, FERAL, will release in August with HarperTeen.

Holly said...

Hi Kai! I have read Blankets, it's the only graphic novel I've read. It wasn't my cup of tea so I knew graphic novels weren't for me. But I'm glad you enjoy them!

Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

Chris Wolak said...

Hi Kai! Earlier today I mentioned how much I loved Maus, and now I'll have to give Blankets a try. Thanks for the recommendations!

Andi said...

Great literature choices! I just discovered Jeff Lemire when I read Sweet Tooth, volumes 1 and 2. I cannot wait to try out Essex County!