An intimate, powerfully revealing look at a crucial, complex time, through the eyes of a true American hero.

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BOOK ONE

A companion to the award-winning, groundbreaking March graphic memoir series, this is the final work completed by Congressman Lewis before his death in July 2020.

What happened after the 1965 marches in Selma? Although segregation was no longer legal, America had not yet embraced true equality. Shortly after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a six-day uprising took place in the neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles, with similar protests in Chicago. (Readers will likely note parallels between these events and the 2020 protests.) With welcome frankness, Lewis recounts his tenure as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, being at odds with organizations like the NAACP and the Urban League, the repercussions of SNCC’s public stances against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, and the generational divide within SNCC. Lewis questioned his own effectiveness as a leader (and was eventually ousted), but his focus throughout the book is on the hundreds of unsung individuals who undertook the sometimes-deadly work that Black voter registration and other grassroots social justice efforts demanded. Compelling art perfectly captures the tension and terror of these troubled times, as told from Lewis’ memory with the backing of scholarly works and research.

An intimate, powerfully revealing look at a crucial, complex time, through the eyes of a true American hero. (biographies, notes, sources, from the artist, about the authors, co-author’s note) (Graphic memoir. 12-adult)

Pub Date: Aug. 3, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4197-3069-6

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Abrams ComicArts

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2021

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A remarkable biography.

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH

The story of a flawed, complicated man.

The son of a distant Minnesota congressman and a demanding, well-educated mother, young Charles Lindbergh grew up shuttling among the family farm, his grandfather’s Detroit home, and Washington, D.C. Intelligent but uninterested in school, he began flying at age 19, getting involved in barnstorming and becoming an Air Service Reserve Corps officer. He used a combination of mechanical aptitude and moxie to successfully cross the Atlantic in a 1927 solo nonstop flight and was instantly propelled into worldwide celebrity. Success came at tremendous cost, however, when his infant son was kidnapped and murdered. Lindbergh was also his own enemy: His infatuation with eugenics led him into overt racism, open admiration for Hitler, and public denunciation of Jews. Fallen from grace, he nonetheless flew 50 clandestine combat missions in the South Pacific. He became an advocate for animal conservation but also had three secret families in addition to his acknowledged one. Fleming (Eleanor Roosevelt's in My Garage!, 2018, etc.) expertly sources and clearly details a comprehensive picture of a well-known, controversial man. Her frequent use of diaries allows much of the story to come through in Charles’ and his wife Anne’s own words. The man who emerges is hateable, pitiable, and admirable all at the same time, and this volume measures up to the best Lindbergh biographies for any audience.

A remarkable biography. (bibliography, source notes, picture credits, index) (Biography. 12-adult)

Pub Date: Feb. 11, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-525-64654-9

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

Review Posted Online: Nov. 10, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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From its enticing, dramatic cover to its brown endpapers to a comical Grant Wood–esque final image, this is a worthy...

THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL

A graphic-novel account of the science and history that first created and then, theoretically, destroyed the terrifying Dust Bowl storms that raged in the United States during the “dirty thirties.”

“A speck of dust is a tiny thing. Five of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.” This white-lettered opening is set against a roiling mass of dark clouds that spills from verso to recto as a cartoon farmer and scores of wildlife flee for their lives. The dialogue balloon for the farmer—“Oh my God! Here it comes!”—is the first of many quotations (most of them more informative) from transcripts of eyewitnesses. These factual accounts are interspersed with eloquently simple explanations of the geology of the Great Plains, the mistake of replacing bison with cattle and other lead-ups to the devastations of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The comic-book–style characters create relief from the relentlessly grim stories of hardship and loss, set in frames appropriately backgrounded in grays and browns. Although readers learn of how the U.S. government finally intervened to help out, the text does not spare them from accounts of crippling droughts even in the current decade.

From its enticing, dramatic cover to its brown endpapers to a comical Grant Wood–esque final image, this is a worthy contribution to the nonfiction shelves. (bibliography, source notes, photographs) (Graphic nonfiction. 10 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 8, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-547-81550-3

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2013

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