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Fetch : how a bad dog brought me home : a graphic memoir

Nicole J. Georges

BIOGRAPHY Georges, Nicole J.
Graphic Novels

From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet. When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix--a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her "Don't Pet Me" bandana. Georges's gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing--a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija "sit," but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay. -- Provided by publisher.

This is an adorable book about a "bad dog" Beija and her human Nicole who loves her anyway. -Heidi K

Are you my mother? : a comic drama

Alison Bechdel

BIOGRAPHY Bechdel, Alison
Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+

A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

If you like graphic novels, and haven't read this one yet: do it. If you swear you don't like graphic novels or comics: try this one. -Heidi K

Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs

Sal Gilbertie

635.7 /Gilbertie

This is a great resource that focuses mainly on how to garden and grow herbs, with less of an emphasis on creating herbal preparations or cooking with herbs. Recommended if you are new to gardening, but want to get started with a little herb garden of your own. -Heidi K

Rosemary Gladstar's herbs for reducing stress & anxiety.

Rosemary Gladstar

615.321 /Gladstar
Health, Gardening

Move beyond lavender and learn about other herbs that can help in times of anxiety or just everyday stress and tension. -Heidi K

She rides shotgun

Jordan Harper

FICTION Harper Jordan

Enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on Nate McClusky's head and target his family. They've already murdered his ex-wife, so Nate takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school, knowing she'll be the next target. With barely any time to mourn her mother, Polly is thrust into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death.

Gritty, pulp fiction like first novel. I predict a movie will be made from this book. -Susan C


Toni Morrison

FICTION Morrison, Toni

Probably my favorite book ever. -Heidi K

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