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Non-Fiction Graphic Novels

The Graphic Novel is an incredibly powerful medium for telling a story. By mixing words with pictures they are able to describe an event in a way that books and films cannot. This is evident in these non-fiction graphic novels that bring to life real issues and real events in people's lives.


A Game For Swallows : To Die, To Leave, To Return
A Game For Swallows : To Die, To Leave, To Return

During the civil war in Lebanon, the city of Beruit is split (between Christians and Muslims), and so is Zeina's family. One night her parents don't come home after dodging sniper fire and other dangers to get to the other side of the city. The neighbors join together to comfort the children, telling stories about what their lives used to be like in Beruit, comparing them to the present and the future.


Pyongyang : a Journey in North Korea
Pyongyang : a Journey in North Korea

French-Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle gets a rare chance to see the inside of contemporary Communist North Korea first hand. He shares his observations with insight, humor, and humanity in this graphic novel that sheds light on what it's like to live in a totalitarian society.


I See the Promised Land
I See the Promised Land

An extraordinary jam session between two very distinctive storytelling traditions recounting the life of Martin Luther King Jr. African American writer, griot and blues singer Arthur Flowers tells a masterful story in musical prose, while Manu Chitrakar, scroll-painter from Bengal, carries the tale confidently into the vivid idiom of Patua art, turning King's journey into a truly universal legacy.


Trotsky : a Graphic Biography
Trotsky : a Graphic Biography

Leon Trotsky was born the son of a wealthy landowner, not exactly the beginning one would expect for a fiery, brilliant and impassioned revolutionary! From clashing with Lenin ideologically, to posing a significant threat to Stalin, such a threat the he would be assassinated by pick-axe. Leon Trotsky lived an interesting and sometimes bizarre life, very fitting for a graphic biography.


Race To Incarcerate : a Graphic Retelling
Race To Incarcerate : a Graphic Retelling

Right now, more than 2 million people are in United States prisons, more than any other country in the world. What's worse, a large majority of those imprisoned are non-white. Marc Mauer's original book describes how this happened, while Sabrina Jones graphic retelling brings these tragic circumstances to life.


Yummy : the Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Yummy : the Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Eleven year old Roger is trying to make sense of why his classmate Robert 'Yummy' Sandfierd killed fourteen year old Shavon Dean. The more Roger finds the more he realizes that the tragic event is somehow related to the gang his older brother is a part of. Based on actual events that took place in Chicago in 1994.


21
21

Told entirely in black, gold and shades in between, 21 tells the story of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente from childhood to Major Leagues, to his love life and his tragic, early death.


Persepolis
Persepolis

Author and illustrator Satrapi tells the story of her childhood and adolescence in Tehran, Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It's a beautiful, compelling story full of details that make the story shine while opening a window into a war torn past.


Stuck In the Middle : Seventeen Comics From An Unpleasant Age
Stuck In the Middle : Seventeen Comics From An Unpleasant Age

From their first crush to zits to being constantly bullied these 17 artists and writers describe how they survived one of the most difficult periods in anyone's life: Middle school.


Smile
Smile

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.