One of the most fulfilling things about diving into a new book is that you can experience the world through someone else’s eyes. Take your literary exploration one step further by viewing the way another person depicts the world in comics and graphics, through a combination of the creator’s writing and beautiful art.
Check out these graphic novel and nonfiction recommendations guaranteed to expand your horizons.
Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed
“The mythic qualities of Mohamed’s world bring our own world into sharper focus . . . The effect is gritty, brazen, and full of spunk.” —The New Yorker
In this brilliant debut, discover a fantastical alternate Cairo where wishes really do come true—and are for sale for those who can afford them.
Esther’s Notebooks by Riad Sattouf
“Funny, well-observed…contains immense daring and depth…Sattouf has drawn a portrait of a generation.” —Observer, “Graphic Novel of the Month”
This collection of comic strips is a hilarious, heartbreaking, and painfully true life of a girl growing up in Paris, from the acclaimed comic book artist and author of The Arab of the Future.
“At once an autobiography, manifesto, rant, and artistic tour de force.” —ARTnews
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Maus gives readers a glimpse into his mind and introduction into the world of comix in this stunning collection of his early works—now with a new Afterword by the author.
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii
“[A] beautifully rendered meditation on the struggle for gay acceptance in today’s Japan” –CNN
This beautiful manga is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.
The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf, illustrated by Lillian Melcher
Alexander von Humboldt was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In this stunningly illustrated biography, renowned historian Andrea Wulf takes readers on a breathtaking five-year adventure in South America with one of the most groundbreaking naturalists of all time.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew
Drawing stylistic inspiration from a myriad of genres, Sonny Liew weaves a fascinating journey of one man, the evolution of comic books, and the political and social history of Singapore. Winner of the 2017 Eisner Award and a best book of the year from The Economist, NPR, and The Washington Post.
“This is quite an achievement. . . . Magnificent.” —Graphic Novel Reporter
In this brilliant debut graphic novel, a young woman searches for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city, while wondering if there’s a way to get more out of life.
“[A] touching look at twins who take distinctly different roads in life, but can’t prevent their paths from intersecting” —NPR.org
This mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel explores immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.