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Here's what the Book Club was up to in April!

Here's what the Book Club was up to in April!

April Book Club Reports

Chula Vista

What We Read: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman.

Summary: The author and cartoonist Art Spiegelman tells the story of his father by interviewing him throughout the novel. He depicts his father’s life and experiences of being a Jew during the time of the Holocaust and how he became a survivor.

Favorite Thing: The portrayal of the Germans as cats and Jews as mice. It’s a simple concept that contributes very well to the story and shows the intensity.

Next Up: Once & Future, Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora

Encinitas

What We Read: Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire

Summary: Jeff Lemire’s grungy and edgy art style matches well with this post-apocalyptic story following an innocent boy/deer hybrid. The use of different comic panel styles guides the story well and most members agreed that it was more enjoyable reading this as a collected set of issues.

If you liked Y: The Last Man, you’ll like this comic

Up Next: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Escondido 1

Escondido Group 1 read Invisible Differences: A Story of Aspergers, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color by Julie Dachez and Mademoiselle Caroline to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month. Translated from French, Invisible Differences ​follows Marguerite, a young office worker who has yet to find that her struggles with sensory overload and difficulty socializing are not, in fact, her fault or flaws.

Group 1 was astonished by the lack of support and understanding from Marguerite's peers in the beginning of this story, and wondered if French social norms are really so different from ours. This book is a great tool to advocate education about and empathy for neurodivergent people.

Next Up: Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson

Escondido 2

What We Read: I Hate Fairyland Vol.1 by Skottie Young​​​

Summary: From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all new series of adventure and mayhem. An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up Tank Girl/ Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty-year-old woman in a six year old's body, who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle ax on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES Fairyland.

Favorite Thing: The artwork was a highlight and really added to the overall story and hilarity.

Next Up: Blacksad Vol.1 by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido.

La Jolla

John Constitine Hellblazer: Vol 1 Marks of Woe by Simon Spurrier (author), Aaron Campbell (illustrator). Brought back from a tangle of apocalyptic futures, John finds himself restored to London, where local gangsters are being torn apart. Constantine is hired to help, but not all is as it seems.

What We Liked: We really enjoyed the bright vivid colors of the art and it enhanced the storytelling experience.

Sandman: Vol 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gainman (author), Kelley Jones (illustrator), and Mike Dringenberg (illustrator). Continuing on with the Sandman series, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. The other members of his immortal family feel this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his love.

What We Liked: The group really enjoys listening to the audio book while reading along. It really gives the reader an open insight into the story and the characters; especially with the cast of narrators which includes Gaiman himself.

Next Up: The Me You Love in the Dark Vol 1 by Skottie Young (author), and Jorge Corona (artist)

Mission Valley

What We Read: Made in Korea by Jeremy Holt and George Schall

Summary: A Korean nine-year-old named Jesse is adopted and sent to live with a lovely couple in America. Equipped with an encyclopedic brain but socially awkward, the young girl’s journey through the complexities of race, gender, and identity hits a fork in the road when she discovers she’s not entirely human—yet.

Fun Fact: Writer Jeremy Holt joined the book club (a very kind offer made through one of our members who knows them) for the discussion and dazzled everyone with their creativity and insights.

Next Up: Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Museum

What We Read: The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez

Summary: A group of old friends meet at a picturesque house by the lake for a much needed break, but what started out as a nice holiday soon becomes something more sinister.

Oceanside

What We Read: Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness by Darryl Cunningham

Summary:  This book is about author Darryl Cunningham’s time working in a psychiatric ward and his experience with mental illness and the various forms it can take. Cunningham reveals aspects of the human experience while also showing how society’s perceptions perpetuate the stigma around mental illness.

Favorite thing about this book: The stories were realistic, some funny, and you can tell the author lived through these experiences.

Next Up: Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson