RIP, M.D.

Ripley I. Plimpt is your average eleven-year-old kid who loves monster movies. He doesn’t just love them, he is an expert. He’s watched them all. “From Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Weine in 1920, right up to…

Psychiatric Tales

Psychology has always been a passion of mine, something that I am constantly learning more and more about. There are hundreds of mental illnesses, and countless books, including memoirs, self-help literature, diagnostic manuals, etc. on the subject. High profile celebrities…

Cross Game, vols. 1-5

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Fifth-grader Ko Kitamura’s family runs a sporting goods store down the street from the Tsukishima’s batting center and coffee shop. The two families and businesses have long been linked by Ko and the Tsukishima’s forthright second daughter (of four), Wakaba,…

Must Have: Manga for Teens

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   Our criteria for this list, our first in a sequence of Must Have lists, is simple: these are the titles that are solid additions to your teen collection.  We’re not necessarily talking rich language or literary merit — these…

Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only, vol. 1-2

Blair Waldorf, the queen of the New York social scene, just wants to have the perfect birthday party. But her long-time boyfriend Nate Archibald is acting distant, playboy Chuck Bass is flirting relentlessly, and her ex-best-friend Serena van der Woodsen…

The Broadcast

    On October 30th, 1938, three families living in rural Indiana are sheltering themselves from a particularly nasty winter storm. Gavin is ready to propose marriage to his longtime girlfriend Kim Shrader, but must ask her stern father for…