Although hampered by the lack of electricity at their offices, Publishers Weekly has managed to release their Best Books lists for 2012.
Leading the list of Best Books is Chris Ware’s Building Stories, published by Pantheon!
Unabashedly rooted in the pre-digital age, Ware’s new work is really 14 individually bound books, ranging from gorgeous hardbacks to thin pamphlets, housed in an oversized box. Read in any order, all the tales within follow the tenants of the same apartment building, including an elderly landlady, a spiteful married couple, and a lonely female amputee. With his trademark obsessive precision, Ware presents the grind and folly of everyday life in the most exhilarating fashion.
The following are their best graphic novels for 2012. Click to read analysis and reviews!
All of the lists are full of interesting titles. I did not recognize a single book on the SF/Fantasy/Horror list, although they all look intriguing.
Among the numerous children’s titles are two graphic novels:
Congrats to all! Every year there are more and more amazing works being published, and it gets tougher not only to select the best, but to keep up with the reading!
Stay tuned for more lists as the year winds down.
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