Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation

Story by Michael Keller, Art by Nicolle Rager Fuller

Place: Publisher & Year: Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2009

Genre: Non- fiction, science, biography, history

Format: Graphic novel

ISBN: 9781605299488

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 191

Setting: Earth

Time period: 1831 – 2006

Plot summary: This book is a graphic version of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species as well as a biography of Darwin and a history of evolutionary theory.  The book begins with Darwin having returned to England after travelling around the world on H.M.S. Beagle.  It depicts his life while working on his theory of natural selection; it also depicts his theory and the effects of it upon the current scientific understanding of life on Earth. Continue reading

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This is Your Country on Drugs: the Secret History of Getting High in America

By Ryan Grim

Place: Publisher & Year: Hoboken: Wiley, 2009

Genres: Non-fiction, social sciences, history, popular culture

ISBN: 9780470167397

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 264 (including notes and index)

Setting: USA

Time period: 1800s – present

Plot summary: Grim tells the story of America’s relationship with various drugs throughout the country’s history up to present day.  He begins the book by asking the question – what happened to acid? – since neither he nor any of his friends can find it anymore.  He then goes on to explain why LSD could no longer be found.  From here, he moves backward in time, examining the rise and fall of various drugs throughout the nation’s history, beginning with alcohol and including opiates, cocaine, marijuana, speed, pharmaceuticals and many others.  Grim looks at the cyclical nature of drug use over time for various drugs and how this relates to social, political, and economic factors of the time period.  By the end of the book, Grim comes full circle in examining acid’s comeback. Continue reading

Che : a graphic biography

By Spain Rodriguez ; edited by Paul Buhle

Place: Publisher,Year: New York : Verso, 2008

Genres: Non-fiction, biography, history

Format: Graphic novel

ISBN: 1844671682

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 106

Setting: Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Congo, and Bolivia

Time period: 1928 – 1967 and beyond

Plot summary: The story of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s life and death is presented in a graphic novel format.  The story begins with Ernesto’s birth in 1928 in Rosario, Argentina and gives the reader some background on both Ernesto’s family and Argentinian history.  The story then follows Che’s life as he journeys across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto, finishes medical school, and then begins his life’s work as a revolutionary. Continue reading