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Friday, October 9, 2015

Staff Reads: October 9, 2015

Every Friday, the staff of the Mississippi Library Commission share a few of the best books and graphic novels we've read in the past week.

Fear Agent, Volume One: Re-Ignition
written by Rick Remender
illustrated by Tony Moore
four stars

This fun and adventurous graphic novel follows Heath Huston, the last Fear Agent, as he discovers an alien's plot to wipe out the human species. Heath must now use his skills as an alien exterminator to save the day. This was a great graphic novel with a retro feel. We recommend Fear Agent to those who enjoy pulp science fiction.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
four stars
Philippe Petit is not afraid of heights at all. His 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center's twin towers is captured here in all its marvelous glory. Gorgeous illustrations and illuminating prose by Mordicai Gerstein will have your kids dreaming about the trapeze.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
written by Karen Joy Fowler
five stars

First off, don't read anything about this book except the following review: it's good. That's all you need to know. Finding out what the big reveal is will only diminish your reading experience. Trust us when we say this book explores family relationships in an interesting way--one you won't forget.

The World's Largest Man
written by Harrison Scott Key
five stars

Fathers. Families. Funny. Feels. Harrison Scott Key's book about his father is a beautiful, soul-searching, hilarious memoir that you need to read. 

We've got these books on our radar this week:
  • Richard Wright and the Library Card
    written by William Miller
    illustrated by Gregory Christie
  • Marketing with Social Media
    edited by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott
  • Honor Girl
    written and illustrated by Maggie Thrash
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood
    written by Ruth Ware
Until next week, happy reading!

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