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Summer Reads: Graphic Novels

Dear readers,

What should you be reading this summer? No matter where you’re vacationing, and relaxing, or commuting this summer it is always nice to have a book in your hand. We have a list for French literature lovers looking for something new during these warm months ranging from comics all the way to erudite novels and essays. To keep up to date with the summer list and to support your favorite books follow @FrenchBooksUSA and #frenchsummerreads


Graphic Novels

1. Pénélope Bagieu, California Dreamin’ Before the Mamas and the Papas, First Second Books 2017 (California Dreamin', Gallimard 2015) 
A musical trip down memory lane, before Cass Elliot became part of the legendary folk group The Mamas and Papas, and found her way in the music world. Throughout three years of the groups existence Cass struggled to keep sight of her dreams and identity while recording some of the most memorable songs of the 60’


2. Matz & Luc Jacamon, The Killer, Archaia 2017 (Le tueur, Casterman 2003)
The Killer is a hard-boiled, noir series following a hit man lost in a world without a moral compass. Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, “a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking”


3. David Foenkinos, Corbeyran & Horne, Lennon: The New York Years, IDW Publishing 2017 (Lennon, Marabout 2010)
In 1975 John Lennon moved to New York City, stopped being a Beatle, and started being a father. From the imagined couch of a fictional therapist in NYC’s posh Dakota building, Lennon recounts the many joys, shortcomings, failures, and triumphs that marked this pop culture juggernaut’s rise to superstardom.


4. Fabien Grolleau & Jeremie Royer, Audubon, On the Wings of the World, Nobrow Press 2017 (Audubon, Sur les Ailes du Monde, Dargaud 2016)
A story of an incredible naturalist, painter and adventurer who embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America with nothing but his artist’s materials, a gun and an all-consuming passion for birds. The work encapsulates the spirit of early America, when the wilderness felt limitless and was still greatly unexplored.  


5. Christophe Chabouté, Moby Dick, Dark Horse Comics 2017 (Moby Dick, Glénat 2014)
A masterful adaptation of Melville's timeless literary classic faithfully and beautifully rendered. In striking black-and-white illustrations, the award-winning artist Chabouté and illustrator of Alone retells the story of Captain Ahab as he strikes out on a voyage, obsessively seeking revenge on the great white whale that took his leg. 


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