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September 6, 2009

25 Down, 27 To Go "Johnny Hiro" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

A friend recommended Fred Chao's graphic novel, Johnny Hiro, and I cannot thank him enough. The story of a young, seemingly ordinary Japanese man in New York is wonderfully understated as he battles giant dinosaurs and ninjas in his quest to lead an ordinary life with his girlfriend. Often as touching as it is fantastic, Johnny Hiro is reminiscent of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim (another series I adore).

The subtlety in Chao's artwork and dialog makes this one of the year's stellar graphic novels, and one I cannot recommend enough.

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

My next book is Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For-From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

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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