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As a librarian, I necessarily spend more time reading about books than I do reading books. I read thousands of book reviews each year, but only a few dozen books. This is a mixed blessing; I am well acquainted with many authors, titles and genres, but am only deeply intimate with a limited number of books.
A few years ago many people were convinced that print books were on their way out. As e-book sales rapidly grew, those of us who are emotionally attached to print feared we would someday be forced to give up the sensuous habit of holding a physical book in our hands in exchange for a digital device that is largely devoid of personality. That assumption has mercifully proven to be false. E-book sales have plateaued and print is alive and well.
I’ve never been a fan of graphic novels, but have recently discovered the power of the graphic memoir. If you’re new to this format, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and discover how the combination of illustration and text can result in a particularly moving form of self-revelation.