Six stories that show the wonders and the complications of everyday life. Tomine shows the serious side of wanting to be a stand-up comedian, makes fun of wanting to be a serious artist, and deals with interpersonal relationships, how they're made and how they're broken. They are bittersweet stories that give a lot to think, with simple illustrations, some in color and others in black and white.
Born in the Dominican Republic and forced to leave, Oscar and his family relocate to New Jersey to start a new life. Oscar is an aspiring writer who likes sci-fi, wants to fit in, fall in love, and is cursed with Fuku ( spanish slang for really bad luck). Junot's story telling is very interesting, since all of Oscar's story is told in general, while in the footnotes he writes about Trujillo, his dictatorship, and real life events that push Oscar's family out of the island, making a play with history and fiction.
Negrón is a bookseller is Santurce, Puerto Rico, and writes about every day life and his surroundings. His stories are about growing up and being queer in Puerto Rico. They are beautiful, witty, ironic, and authentic.
Thee world got to know Maier in 2009, when a young man found a box of negatives in a garage sale. In this biography, Bannos guides us through the world of one of the greatest street photographers, her self portraits and how she "hid" working as a nanny in Chicago.
One of my all-time favorite photographers, Atget gives us a peek of what the old Paris was. After the invention of photography, many were starting to get interested in it for the document quality of it, because photographs helped artists to create. Atget, like many other great photographers, introduces himself to photography when he's older and starts taking pictures with no particular interest of creating art, he wanders the streets and photographs what captures his eyes. This book contains over 500 pictures of the old Paris, dividing them by neighborhoods to show a map of the city and how Atget observed it.
If you want to read a book that shows the importance of building community, that answers questions that you might (or might not have) asked yourself, Feel Free is for you. In it, Smith describes topics like art, politics, social media, among others, in a very intimate yet simple voice.
Memory can be ambiguous with details, but events such as leaving home make Bui reconstruct her family's history in this amazing graphic novel. Searching for a better future, Bui's family struggles to adapt to a new life and a new culture while keeping their identities. With simple illustrations and only the use of black and orange in them, this story will grab you.