Staff Reviews

Celebrate Black History Month with Congressman John Lewis’ March Graphic Novels

Casual fans of comic books might associate the format with capes and super powers, but one of the decade’s most lauded pieces of sequential art features none of the above. In collaboration with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, Georgia congressman John Lewis has created an essential retelling of the Civil Rights Movement with March, a three-part graphic novel series that began in 2013 and wrapped up last year.

Inspired by the comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, the March series recounts Lewis’ own quest for civil rights—from Alabama sit-ins to a historic march on Selma. With praise from former president Bill Clinton, the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, and countless rave reviews, March is required reading for anyone interested in the American Civil Rights Movement.


March by John Lewis

After Inauguration, Two Very Different Books See Massive Sale Spikes

Reactions to President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration were divisive, but one industry has enjoyed increased revenue from both sides of the political coin: book selling. After Trump’s January 20 inauguration, two books quickly scaled Amazon’s best-seller list. The kicker is, both books are unusual contenders for such a rapid sales increase in 2017; both are decades old, and neither was penned by an author named J.K. Rowling.

George Orwell’s 1984, a dystopian novel of rebellion, and Trump’s own business manifesto, The Art of the Deal, saw massive sales increases following the presidential inauguration. In the case of 1984, the BBC reported that sales increased by 9,500 percent—which spurred Signet Classics to print another 100,000 copies. Trump’s Art of the Deal has sold steadily through his campaign, but readers have shown an increased interest in his 11 steps for business success in recent weeks. JDL has copies of both, which can be reserved below.

1984 by George Orwell

Art of the Deal by Donald Trump


With Grammys Approaching, it’s Time to Check Out Underdog Nominees

With popular music considered, 2016 might be remembered most for the loss of musicians such as Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Leon Russel, Sharon Jones, and more. Plenty of great music was released in 2016, some of which might have been overshadowed by those huge losses, but music fans will have another chance to hear this year’s best through the impending Grammy Awards. Though fans of pop music shouldn’t be surprised that mainstays like Adele, Beyoncé, and Drake earned multiple nods from the Grammys, there are plenty of underdog nominations worth a listen. Though JDL has albums from the nominees in all the major categories, here are a few under-the-radar artists worth checking out.

 

The 59th annual Grammy Awards are set to take place on Feb. 12.sia

 

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson  (Album of the Year nominee)

Malibu  – Anderson .Paak  (Best Urban Contemporary Album nominee)

This is Acting – Sia (Best Pop Vocal Album nominee)

Magma  – Gojira (Best Rock Album nominee)

Blank Face – Schoolboy Q (Best Rap Performance nominee)

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