19. American Born Chinese by Gene Yang

I picked up American Born Chinese because it was nominated for a National Book Award--a first for a graphic novel. I also heard Gene Yang interviewed (on Fresh Air?) which further piqued my interest.

The book's great. The art is good, the story is touching and consumed me utterly. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. But I've certainly read other graphic novels that are, in my opinion, just as deserving of an NBA nomination. Blankets springs immediately to mind, as does Jimmy Corrigan, Maus, and Persepolis. Still, I think it's great that the NBA are looking at comics, finally.


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