Take a gander at all the great books Drawn and Quarterly published this year

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This has been a good year for reading, and Drawn & Quarterly was the source of several books I loved in 2020, including Adrian Tomine's bestselling memoir The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (on Kirkus and PW best ofs), Tom Gauld's Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, Sophie Yanow's q...

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The magnificent early age of book covers

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Compilation of early book covers by the Public Domain ReviewWhen books became truly mass-marketed in the 19th century, the cover suddenly took on a new role — it had to sell the book, setting it apart from others crowding this weird new marketplace.Publishers were aided by new bookmaking tech of the age, which allowed the covers to be printed &#82...

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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence

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"As much a journey for the writer as it is for the reader, this book solves a murder but leaves us with many unanswered questions. We Keep the Dead Close challenges us to question our assumptions as well as the paths we use to arrive at those assumptions. Delving into the academic culture of Harvard...

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The Butchers’ Blessing

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"An extraordinary novel of quiet turmoil, filled with the clash of generations, beliefs, and realities. A beautiful tale of the strife of traditions in a changing Ireland, woven together with the threads of a modern-day mystery. Perhaps the most elegant bit is the underlying story of a girl trying d...

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The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

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"I have been holding my breath for Danielle Evans’ next book of short stories since Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, and The Office of Historical Corrections was worth the wait. She delivers the same great storytelling, insight, and sharp cultural commentary. Her touch on themes usually asso...

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This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing

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"As a fan of her Maisie Dobbs novels, I couldn’t wait to learn more about Jacqueline Winspear herself. This memoir takes the reader through the early and adolescent years of the author’s life as well as the history of her parents. Winspear’s memoir of an English country childhood is also a love lett...

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Moonflower Murders: A Novel

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"Anthony Horowitz has done it again! With Moonflower Murders, he has crafted another superlative, page-turning, cunning, book-within-a-book mystery chock full of clues (and red herrings), featuring the appealing former editor Susan Ryeland from Magpie Murders. Terrifically engaging, smart, and fun, ...

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Written in the Stars: A Novel

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"This fake-dating, opposites-attract romance is simply perfect. A social media astrologer is set up with her new business partner’s actuary sister. While the date goes terribly, how helpful it would be for both of them to have a date for certain upcoming events. The two leads are wonderful, flawed w...

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“’The Walker,’ by the British scholar Matthew Beaumont, is an erudite book that moves at a pace alternating between brisk and leisurely.”

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Willard Spiegelman reviews a new book on walking.
His book is a series of peregrinations centering on single authors, many of them still familiar. The chapter titles are all gerunds, like “walking” itself: “Convalescing,” “Going Astray,” “Disappearing,” “Fleeing,” “Wandering,” “Collapsing,” and “...

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“In a long ramble of the kind on a fine autumnal day,”

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“Rip had unconsciously scrambled to one of the highest parts of the Catskill Mountains. He was after his favorite sport of squirrel-shooting, and the still solitudes had echoed and reëchoed with the reports of his gun. Panting and fatigued, he threw himself, late in the afternoon, on a green knoll, ...

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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky)

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"As an avid fantasy reader and an Indigenous person, I cannot adequately describe how much it meant to read Black Sun and be immersed in a non-white fantasy based on cultures from the Americas. This book is so well done! I loved all of the characters (especially the swashbuckling, magic-using ship c...

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White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

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"This book could not have come at a better time as a vital contribution to antiracist and intersectional feminist literature. Hamad is extremely thorough in her examination of white feminism and its long history of weaponization against BIPOC. This work is accessible to newcomers to these topics, an...

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Dear Child: A Novel

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"We’ve all heard the horror stories of women kept captive in basements, bearing children to madmen, only to escape after years of torture into a world they no longer remember and a public filled with fascination at their stories. Dear Child features two such women, both victims of the same abductor,...

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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"Epic, beautifully written, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a contemplation on life, death, what it means to make your mark on the world, and why we feel it’s important to do so. Addie makes a deal with a demon so she can live her life the way she wants to. But,...

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Leave the World Behind: A Novel

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"Eerie and timely, Leave the World Behind will be the next book to talk about. Rumaan Alam is now solidified as a must-read author for me. He lures the reader in with excellent character development as well as family drama when the book takes a sudden turn. Slowly and masterfully, he starts building...

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