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April 1, 2007

12 Down, 40 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks) ("Aya")

I picked up the graphic novel Aya knowing little about the book, besides it had won the 2006 award for Best New Album at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. Marguerite Abouet's storyline of the life of one teen in the Ivory Coast is compelling, funny, and always touching. Through Aya and her friends, Abouet gives us a colorful depiction of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, one I didn't expect. Clement Oubrerie's accompanying illustrations are simple and light, and almost always enhance the storytelling without overwhelming it.

For two weeks, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Total Chaos, by Jeff Chang.

see also:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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