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Jan 8, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 season of HUSH -- What I Read -- featuring recommendations from readers like you!

Debbie Stanton shares her recommendations of illustrated memoirs and autobiographical graphic novels.

Debbie Stanton is a Public Services Supervisor at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. She coaches the staff who work the front lines to help create amazing customer experiences. She is new to Topeka, but not new to librarianship or to sharing great book recommendations.

According to Debbie: "Graphic memoirs are illustrated accounts of a person's life told through their own words and their own drawings. These books are also called Illustrated Memoirs or Graphic Novel Autobiographies. For the sake of argument, I'm considering books that are 50%+ illustrated to be "Graphic." Graphic here just means illustrated or drawn usually, but not always, in comic book fashion (illustrated panels)."

Debbie's recommendation for finding graphic memoirs is "Just Grab!" Taking a giant stack of books home gives you lots of options to read and explore, and graphic memoirs and other titles in the graphic novel format read quickly, so don't be intimidated by bigger, longer books. Her annotated booklist will make it easy for you to Place a Hold on all of her recommendations.

Every three weeks, join librarian hosts Thad Hartman, Lissa Staley, and Miranda Ericsson with special guests from the library and community. Listeners are encourage to read along throughout 2018 and participate in 2Book Topeka. 

  • Special ” 2Book Topeka Book Club” episodes will discuss books from the library’s community reading program. 

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