Mommy, Pick Me Up

Written by Soledad Bravi | Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | April 2016
A little boy calls for help from his mom whenever he needs anything—help finding his pajamas, assistance on the potty, or just a snuggle. Then he finally calls for his dad. Whatever could he want? This is sure to inspire giggles from both parents and kids, as they recognize parts of their own daily routines on these pages. READ MORE

5000 Kilometers Per Second

Written by Manuele Fior | Fantagraphics | April 4, 2016
Winner of the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2010 Angoulême Comics Festival, 5,000 km Per Second tells, or almost tells, the love story between Piero and Lucia, which begins with a casual glance exchanged by teenagers across the street through a window and ends with a last, desperate hook-up between two older, sadder one-time lovers. READ MORE

Mount Pleasant

Written by Patrice Nganang | Translated by Amy Baram Reid | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | April 2016
In Cameroon in 1931, Sara is taken from her family and brought to Mount Pleasant as a gift for Sultan Njoya, the Bamum leader cast into exile by French colonialists. Just nine years old and on the verge of becoming one of the sultan's hundreds of wives, Sara's story takes an unexpected turn when she is recognized by Bertha, the slave in charge of training Njoya's brides, as Nebu, the son she lost tragically years before. READ MORE

The Hatred of Music

Written by Pascal Quignard | Translated by Matthew Amos and Fredrik Rönnbäck | Yale University Press | March 22, 2016

From prehistoric chants to challenging contemporary compositions, Pascal Quignard reflects on music of all kinds and eras. He draws on vast cultural knowledge—the Bible, Greek mythology, early modern history, modern philosophy, the Holocaust, and more—to develop ten accessible treatises on music. In each of these small masterpieces the author exposes music’s potential to manipulate, to mesmerize, to domesticate. Especially disturbing is his scrutiny of the role music played in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

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Young Once

Written by Patrick Modiano | Translated by Damion Searls | New York Review of Books | March 2016

An NYRB Classics Original.

Young Once is a crucial book in the career of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano. It was his breakthrough novel, in which he stripped away the difficulties of his earlier work and found a clear, mysteriously moving voice for his haunting stories of love, nostalgia, and grief. It has also been called “the most gripping Modiano book of all” (Der Spiegel).

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Grandpa How Do You Make a Kachina?

Written by Robin Pineau and illustration by Tom Chegaray | Toro Editions | March 2016
A colorful children's book about a delicate Native American tradition: the craft of Kachina. Available in French and English. READ MORE

The Lights of Pointe-Noire

Written by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson | The New Press | March 1, 2016
Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, at the age of twenty-two, not to return until a quarter of a century later. When he finally came back to Pointe-Noire, a bustling port town on Congo’s southeastern coast, he found a country that had changed beyond recognition. A startlingly fresh perspective on the pain of exile, the ghosts of memory, and the paths we take back home. READ MORE

In the Café of Lost Youth

Written by Patrick Modiano | translated by Chris Clarke | New York Review of Books | March 2016
An NYRB Classics Original In the Café of Lost Youth is vintage Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters. The novel, inspired in part by the circle (depicted in the photographs of Ed van der Elsken) of the notorious and charismatic Guy Debord, centers on the enigmatic, waiflike figure of Louki, who catches everyone’s attention even as she eludes possession or comprehension. Through the eyes of four very different narrators, including Louki herself, we contemplate her character and her fate, while Modiano explores the themes of identity, memory, time, and forgetting that are at the heart of his spellbinding and deeply moving art. READ MORE

Thoreau: A Sublime Life

Written by A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy | NBM Publishing | March 2016
This graphic novel biography relates the forward-looking, inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz. Occupy Wall Street), of "civil disobedience," which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government. READ MORE

We Are All Cannibals

Written by Claude Lévi-Strauss | Foreword by Maurice Olender | Translated by Jane Marie Todd | Columbia University Press | March 2016
On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectionately consuming the flesh of the ones they loved. "Everyone calls what is not their own custom barbarism," said Montaigne. In these essays, Claude Lévi-Strauss shows us behavior that is bizarre, shocking, and even revolting to outsiders but consistent with a people's culture and context. READ MORE

Dungeon Monstres, vol. 6: The Great Animator

Written by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas and Nicolas Keramidas | NBM Publishing | Feb 2016
In an automaton-themed volume, "The Great Animator" pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army automatons evens the fight but at great cost. READ MORE

Battle of the Vegetables

Written by Matthieu Sylvander | Illustrated by Percival Barrier | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers | Feb 2016
Short tales in graphic novel format describe three adventures in the vegetable garden, none of which ends happily—but all of which are wickedly funny. READ MORE

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