Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
Dec 3, 2013 — Isabel Greenberg's new Encyclopedia of Early Earth weaves a human love story into a quasi-Biblical creation tale, full of capricious gods, feckless shamans and more-or-less doomed love. Reviewer Glen Weldon says the graphic novel is full of tasty visual gags, and "lands with an emotional impact you likely won't see coming."
Nov 10, 2013 — Joe Sacco has made a career of tackling difficult subjects through imagery. He's a journalist and cartoonist who has reported on the Middle East and Bosnia — in both written and comic form. In his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns to history, producing a 24-foot-long depiction of the horrifying first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Oct 31, 2013 — The last issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics came out a decade ago. Now, the author returns to Dream's world with a prequel series, The Sandman: Overture. Gaiman speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the freedom of starting something new and why he, like all writers, is a Sandman himself.
Oct 29, 2013 — Allie Brosh's popular Web comic/blog hybrid, Hyperbole and a Half, features MS Paint-style doodles and seemingly everyday stories about things like cake and dopey dogs. Hyperbole is now out in book form, containing a mix of old and new material including two funny but unsparing essays on Brosh's struggles with depression.
Oct 18, 2013 — Archie and the Riverdale gang find their comfortable existence upset by marauding hordes of the undead in the new Afterlife with Archie series. Reviewer Jody Arlington calls it a "macabre monthly masterpiece" that pays winking homage to classic horror comics and Tales from the Crypt.
Sep 14, 2013 — Art Spiegelman's new book, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, collects comics from a six-decade career, from his early, self-published works to his famous New Yorker covers. Spiegelman tells NPR's Scott Simon he knew in third grade that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
Sep 9, 2013 — Also: What "immigrant fiction" means; Wild author Cheryl Strayed on finding her half-sister; the best books coming out this week.
Sep 6, 2013 — Also: Rush Limbaugh is coming out with a childrens' book; T.C. Boyle on writing; Batwoman authors plan to quit the series.
Aug 31, 2013 — John Lewis is a congressman from Georgia, a pillar of the civil rights movement and an author. Add to that resume something slightly less expected — comic book writer. Lewis is getting ready to release March, the new graphic novel of his life.