Just a quick link to today’s recommended book list from Flashlight Worthy Books, Graphic Novels: About Women. By Women. The list is just one of several from FWB celebrating Women’s History Month, standing alongside categories like historical fiction, crime fiction, and young adult fiction.
Since graphic novels are such a broad medium, recommendations range from Alison Bechdel (The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For) to Fumiyo Kouno (Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms) and everything in-between, including two titles from Fumi Yoshinaga. It shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that one of those, All My Darling Daughters, was recommended by me.
Quite a few manga made the list (including another of my personal favorites, Ai Yazawa’s NANA), but as FSW’s Peter Steinberg points out, the list is much less dominated by manga than one might expect. It really is a fantastic collection (including contributions by fellow manga bloggers Kate Dacey, David Welsh, and Lorena Nava Ruggero as well as Hooded Utilitarian Noah Berlatsky). I highly recommend taking a look.
For more about Women’s History Month, check out these websites from the National Women’s History Project or the Library of Congress.