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Dusk, vols 1-3

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Years ago there was a young woman named Susan Douglas. Her life would have seemed a happy one at a cursory glance. But her husband was a drinker and he was ill-equipped to handle a wife who was more successful…

Whispered Words, vol. 1

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Ushio Kazama is girl-crazy and everybody knows it. She has a different crush every week, and they all have three things in common: they are feminine, demure, and cute. In other words, they are the complete opposite of her best…

The Wolf Gift

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Ashley Marie Witter is no stranger to the challenges of adapting the work of novelist Anne Rice. In 2012, she wrote and illustrated Claudia’s Story, a graphic retelling of Rice’s classic Interview with the Vampire told through the perspective of…

Thermae Romae, vol. 3

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Lucius Modestus Quintus, the time-traveling Roman architect, continues to research Japanese bathing culture with Satsuki’s help. Ito’s traditional bath houses are beginning to struggle to keep up with the times and Lucius is indignant that, thousands of years in the…

Kanokon Omnibus, vols. 1-9

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Kanokon is a nine-volume (or four-omnibus) manga based on a popular Japanese light novel series published between 2005 and 2010. The story follows fourteen-year-old Kouta Oyamada, a shy first-year student who has just transferred to Kunpo High School. On his…

Enchanted

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Brooke is having a rather bad time of it at her new school. She’s been dubbed a dork by her classmates. Her poor sense of direction leaves her unable to get to school or go home without a guide. And…

Manga Classics: Emma

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  One of the perks of being a Jane Austen fan (or Austenite) is the abundant para-literature on all of dear old Jane’s books. Current variations include zombies, vampires, and gender bending of characters with other formats in the mix. Manga…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

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    Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook…

The Betrayal Knows My Name, vols. 1-6

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The Betrayal Knows My Name pairs emotional drama with an escalating battle against evil forces, featuring a number of characters with angst-ridden backgrounds. There are 52 chapters of this serialized manga available in six volumes, the last of which includes only four chapters.…

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

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Based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, the manga adaptation of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is every bit as stunning and complex as the movie. Taking place over thirteen years, this is the bittersweet tale of a mother who gives up everything…

Romeo and Juliet

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    We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet. Young lovers from warring families cannot be together in life, united only by untimely death. Many famous lines from the play have entered our general lexicon: “a rose by any other name,” “parting…

The Heart of Thomas

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  Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic…