Why the people: the case for democracy by Beka Feathers; Ally Shwed (Illustrator)This witty and well-argued graphic novel is a must-have for anyone wanting to learn what power "we the people" actually have in a democracy. Why the people? Is democracy actually the best form of government? Does it ever work like it's supposed to? Join Lin and Julie in the middle of an airport, as they wonder aloud how America can ever be a democracy when citizens seem to disagree about everything. With them, we are whisked through political history, and journey through different systems of power, including monarchy, theocracy, dictatorship and oligarchy. Beka Feathers and Ally Shwed shine a bright light on power, justice, and the promise of true democracy.
Call Number: JC423 .F374 2022
Publication Date: 2022-06-14
Dirty biology: the X-rated story of the science of sex by Léo Grasset; Colas Grasset (Illustrator); Kendra Boileau (Translator)What is sex? Has it always existed? What purpose doesit serve? Why are there penises and vaginas? These questions are at the verycore of Dirty Biology, an erudite (and hilarious) graphic novel that aims toteach you everything you wanted to know about sexï¿9;and thensome. "Sex" can mean a number of things. It canrefer to sex organs, to sex types, to the act of copulation, or to the simpleexchange of genetic material. This book explains what we actually mean when wetalk about sex and reveals a wealth of astonishing scientific details along theway. For example, did you know that some species can have sex without genitals? And when it comes to genitals, did you know that there's an amazing diversity ofthese across species? From the evolution of penises and vaginas to far-fetchedmating rituals and the shocking consequences of the sex act, Dirty Biologyexposes sex for what it is: a lot more interesting and more complicated than thesimplistic image we often have of it.
Call Number: QP251 .G837 2021
Publication Date: 2021-07-13
Gender queer: a memoir by Maia Kobabe2020 ALA Alex Award Winner 2020 Stonewall -- Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Then e created Gender Queer. Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fan fiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: It is a useful and touching guide on gender identity--what it means and how to think about it--for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. This special deluxe hardcover edition of Gender Queer features a brand-new cover, exclusive art and sketches, a foreword from ND Stevenson, Lumberjanes writer and creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and an afterword from Maia Kobabe.
Call Number: HQ77.8.K625 A3 2022
Publication Date: 2022-07-05
Wake : the hidden history of women-led slave revolts by Rebecca Hall; Hugo Martínez (Illustrator)A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour de force that tells the "powerful" (The New York Times Book Review) story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall's efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record. Women warriors planned and led revolts on slave ships during the Middle Passage. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history. Wake tells the "riveting" (Angela Y. Davis) story of Dr. Rebecca Hall, a historian, granddaughter of slaves, and a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery. The accepted history of slave revolts has always told her that enslaved women took a back seat. But Rebecca decides to look deeper, and her journey takes her through old court records, slave ship captain's logs, crumbling correspondence, and even the forensic evidence from the bones of enslaved women from the "negro burying ground" uncovered in Manhattan. She finds women warriors everywhere. Using a "remarkable blend of passion and fact, action and reflection" (NPR), Rebecca constructs the likely pasts of Adono and Alele, women rebels who fought for freedom during the Middle Passage, as well as the stories of women who led slave revolts in Colonial New York. We also follow Rebecca's own story as the legacy of slavery shapes her life, both during her time as a successful attorney and later as a historian seeking the past that haunts her. Illustrated beautifully in black and white, Wake will take its place alongside classics of the graphic novel genre, like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Art Spiegelman's Maus. This story of a personal and national legacy is a powerful reminder that while the past is gone, we still live in its wake.
Call Number: PN6727.H2556 W35 2022
Publication Date: 2022-06-21
Our members be unlimited : a comic about workers & their unions by Sam WallmanA timely and inspiring work of comics journalism--the history of unions and why we need them (and a first-hand account of working in an Amazon warehouse). Workers of the world, unite! From comics journalist Sam Wallman comes a thoughtful plunge into the history of unions. Through distinctive art and sharp-eyed reporting, Wallman ushers us into the hidden aisles of 21st-century labor conditions, and shows us recent labor movements and union triumphs--all while framing current conditions against the history of unions and the earliest rallying cries for worker rights. It's an entry point for younger generations, and a reminder for workers who have had their livelihood reduced by capitalist pressures. It's also a primer for those new to the power of collective action. From an Amazon warehouse in Melbourne (where Sam worked for a year), to Britain and Bangladesh, to Walmart in China and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance strike against the Trump-era refugee ban of 2017, this book is a highly original and visual exploration of the power of unions.
Call Number: HD6483 .W35 2022
Publication Date: 2022-09-06
Last on his feet: Jack Johnson and the battle of the century by Youssef Daoudi; Adrian MatejkaOn the morning of July 4, 1910, thousands of boxing fans stormed a newly built stadium in Reno, Nevada, to witness an epic showdown. Jack Johnson, the world's first Black heavyweight champion--and most infamous athlete in the world because of his race--was paired against Jim Jeffries, a former heavyweight champion then heralded as the "great white hope." It was the height of the Jim Crow era, and spectators were eager for Jeffries to restore the racial hierarchy that Johnson had pummeled with his quick fists. Transporting readers directly into the ring, artist Youssef Daoudi and poet Adrian Matejka intersperse dramatic boxing action with vivid flashbacks to reveal how Johnson, the self-educated son of formerly enslaved parents, reached the pinnacle of sport--all while facing down a racist justice system. Through a combination of breathtaking illustrations and striking verse, Last on His Feet honors a contentious civil rights figure who has for more than a century been denied his proper due.