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My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Gengoroh Tagame, Anne Ishii (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781101871515
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2017

I will admit that I don't read a lot of manga--I've always meant to, but never quite got around to it. It takes my brain a minute to remember that manga is read differently (left to right, and the books are "backwards"), but if you're new to the format, this is an excellent place to start. My Brother's Husband is full of beautifully balanced layers. Whimsical art and open and loving characters are matched with themes of grief and homophobia. Yuichi, a single dad, is confronted with Mike, his brother's widower. Mike's arrival, and Kana's (Yuichi's daughter) immediate acceptance and joy over her new uncle, forces Yuichi's to examine his prejudices, beliefs, and his long buried grief. You can't help but feel sympathy for Yuichi as he struggles to confront his issues, but also cheer for Kana as she easily turns her father's beliefs on their head.


Review by Lish

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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781421596938
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 19th, 2017

Broadly speaking, I don't like Manga (sorry, not sorry), though Junji Ito has proven to be the exception, His tales are never dull, at times retch-inducing, and always ghastly. What more could a girl ask for??


Review by Dean

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My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781626926035
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Seven Seas - June 6th, 2017

This vulnerable autobiographical manga is tremendously moving, honestly beautiful, tragically funny and surprisingly unerotic. The way Nagata views pain, expectations and adulthood as she learns to cope with her sexuality as well as her depression is what makes this raw and messy story all around remarkable and painfully relatable. This isn't a pretty story, but it is worth it.  


Review by Courtney