|MARCH: Book One, nonfiction graphic novel by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell|
New in the Library is MARCH: Book One a graphic novel from Top Shelf Comics by Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. He's joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell. Lewis' himself is narrator to a nonfiction retelling of his life: growing up in a poor sharecropping family, early participation in the Civil Rights movement, and first impressions of his role model, Martin Luther King Jr. The story is book-ended by his role in Congress at the time of Barack Obama's first presidential inauguration.
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Powell's illustrations are powerful; deftly rendered in crisp black and white. The story is moving, never shying from the ugliness of the past, but also accessible to young readers without being heavy-handed. This is exactly the tone the story needs to be successful. It's dramatic, without skewing into melodrama.
I'm really looking forward to the follow-ups (this is the first of three parts). MARCH is one of a few nonfiction graphic novels we've got in stock and are extremely proud to share. We hope you enjoy it!