Newly Published, From Water Statues to the Supreme Court

CHASING ME TO MY GRAVE: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, by Winfred Rembert, as told to Erin I. Kelly. (Bloomsbury, $30.) A man recounts surviving a near-lynching in rural Georgia and spending seven years on chain gangs in the late 1960s and early ’70s before creating a successful career of turning painful memories into art.

THE AUTHORITY OF THE COURT AND THE PERIL OF POLITICS, by Stephen Breyer. (Harvard University, $19.95.) A sitting justice considers the Supreme Court’s role in history and makes the case for why it deserves the nation’s trust today.

POET WARRIOR, by Joy Harjo. (Norton, $25.) Blending poetry and prose, Harjo examines her childhood, her ancestors and her path to becoming the country’s first Native American poet laureate.

THE WATER STATUES, by Fleur Jaeggy. Translated by Gini Alhadeff. (New Directions, paper, $13.95.) A wealthy recluse with a basement full of statues suddenly finds himself in the company of other people in this nonlinear part-play, part-novel.

What to Read: 4 Graphic Works

What to Read: 4 Graphic Works


As always, we’re on the lookout for that unique combination of words and images that comes together in the best graphic novels.

Here are four we recommend this week, from a comics biography of a Spanish surrealist to retro drawings of female pro wrestlers →

What to Read: 4 Graphic Works


NIGHT BUS, by Zuo Ma. Translated by R. Orion Martin. (Drawn & Quarterly, $34.95.) The riches of Chinese underground comics are only now finding their way to American readers, and this story — of a woman on a long, fantastical bus ride through a night of horrors and wonders — is a highlight.

What to Read: 4 Graphic Works


QUEEN OF THE RING, by Jaime Hernandez. (Fantagraphics, $24.99.) Best known for his groundbreaking series, “Love and Rockets,” Hernandez here presents 125 drawings he’s made over four decades of female pro wrestlers from the sport’s heyday in the 1960s and ’70s.

What to Read: 4 Graphic Works


BUÑUEL: In the Labyrinth of the Turtles, by Fermín Solís. Translated by Lawrence Schimel. (SelfMadeHero, $22.99.) This is more than a standard-issue comics biography of the Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel. It captures him at a moment of crisis, when he almost embraces social realism and abandons his dreamy style, only to discover his unique art.

What to Read: 4 Graphic Works


TRUE WAR STORIES, edited by Alex De Campi and Khai Krumbhaar. (Z2 Comics, $24.99.) This comics anthology contains 15 true stories about American soldiers abroad, from the Philippines to Iraq, celebrating the everyday heroism of those who serve.

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