I’ve been making more trips to Watchung Booksellers since I joined a book club. Since I am a strident brick and mortar supporter – especially when it comes to book stores – I love to go to the store itself. So, while my two pre-schoolers spend some time playing in the children’s section and reading books (we’re very careful with them and put them back on the shelves), I browse and linger and inevitably find something else that we will want to read. That’s when I saw this shelf:
Graphic novels! As a high school English teacher, I used to feel like I had to hide my adoration for this medium – much like I used to feel like I had to hide my adoration for Silver Surfer and X-Men comic books from my fellow English majors in college. But really, because of the allusions and adaptations, it was a natural progression from my obsession with various mythologies from around the world. (Did anyone else watch The Secrets of Isis on Saturday mornings?) My love of Greek and Roman mythology led me to take Latin in junior high, which I am sure helped my SAT scores. But I digress…
So, Watchung Booksellers has a decent selection of graphic novels!* These were the books in the children’s and young adult area. I didn’t have time (two kids under five, you know) to check if there was a graphic novel section in the main store, but the staff is always very happy to order books – and they arrive quickly. I highly recommend trying out a graphic novel if you’re looking for a quick and interesting read. Just a few of my favorites are American Born Chinese, Fun Home, Ghost World, and of course, Persepolis. If you also love graphic novels, leave a few suggestions in the comments. Please!
You should know that Montclair has a soon-to-be-published graphic novel author. More to come on that in the relatively near future.
* I have it on excellent information that the Montclair Public Library also has a fantastic selection of graphic novels. All budgets can enjoy them!
* Sugee! – also in Watchung Plaza – has manga and related items. My kids long for the funky hats in the window every time we pass.