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May 16, 2009

14 Down, 38 To Go "The Beats: A Graphic History" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I wanted to love The Beats: A Graphic History for many reasons. I am a huge fan of some of the Beat authors as well as Harvey Pekar, who wrote much of this book, and always look forward to nonfiction, historical comics.

The Beats: A Graphic History gives a wonderful overview of the literary movement, but the book left me far from fulfilled. I felt there was too much focus on Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg, each of whom merited their own biographies, and not nearly enough on the social and political environment that spawned the movement, or of other writers' lives and contributions.

Can anyone recommend a quality history of the Beat movment?

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

My next book is The Wolverton Bible, by Basil and Monte Wolverton.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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