I get so excited when I see a new graphic memoir on the browse shelf. Graphic memoirs are little slices of life told in comic book form. They allow you a dynamic opportunity to gain understanding about a particular time in a person’s life, while providing context for the author’s experience. Think of reading a graphic masterwork, like Spiegleman’s Maus. This Pulitzer Prize winning work not only told the story of one man’s experience being the son of Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust; but invited the reader to experience that world through images and words. Graphic memoirs provide a means for the author to show rather than tell. They will often focus on a specific event, or a span of years. The use of imagery throughout a graphic memoir allows authors to transcend the written word and add layers of meaning to their story. If you enjoy a good graphic memoir as much as I do, be sure to check out these popular selections.
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.