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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Angela's Pick of the Month

The Night Bookmobile

Audrey Niffenegger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife, has crafted her first graphic novel. First serialized as a weekly column in Britain's The Guardian, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories.

This graphic novel beautifully toes the line between the comic world and the world of unforgettable literature. The protagonist’s plight is haunting and her story will stay with you far beyond the last pages of this book. Audrey Niffenegger’s first graphic novel is just as expertly crafted as her full-length novels and the colorful, sketchy art mirrors the fantastical nature of this tale. Niffenegger’s is a definite, fresh voice of graphic novels worth checking out.

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