From the Screen to Paper: Spotlight on Graphic Novels

With bold art work and intriguing stories, graphic novels can appeal to so many readers. This month, we have a list of recommendations that continue the stories of popular characters you might have already seen on the big or TV screen.

From superheroes to literary classics, there’s something for everyone. Click on the cover to reserve your copy today.

Books to marvel over:

Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part One
Explore Wakanda even further with the latest graphic novel from Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Read here | Watch Black Panther here
Spider-Man Spider-Verse: Miles Morales
See what adventures Miles Morales swings himself into.
Read here | Watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse here

Classics get a modern update:

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
The story of Little Women is retold for a new audience.
Read here | Read the original here | Watch film here
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Margaret Atwood novel gets a new look. 
Read here Read the original here

Don’t forget to check these graphic novels out.

Incredibles 2: Heroes at Home
Read here | Watch The Incredibles 2 here
The Umbrella Academy
Read here
Green Lanterns: Rage Planet
Read here

What We’re Watching: Indies on Kanopy

By Emilie Pichot, Library Associate

Out of all the films and documentaries that Kanopy has to offer, I’ve been enjoying Independent films a lot lately. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy featuring Michelle Williams and an adorable Labrador dog. Need I say more? This film is a brutal depiction of how anyone can suddenly be very out of luck and experience homelessness in Reichardt’s signature minimalist style. Heads up this film is Rated R for language.

Watch the film on Kanopy here.

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Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is a gorgeous and gentle portrait of Chiron, a young black gay boy growing up in Miami and his journey to becoming comfortable with himself as he overcomes his struggles with the love and support from unexpected community members. My favorite scene: When the camera focuses in silence on Chiron’s lover’s face. Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout.

Watch Moonlight on Kanopy.

How to find films: It’s quite easy to use. Go ahead and log into your Kanopy Account. Click and hover over browse to select a film that interests you.

Happy streaming!

What’s on our Reading List this March

Here are some new releases that members of the Pratt staff are excited to read next. We hope fiction readers will enjoy!

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The Night Visitors
By Carol Goodman

Don’t miss this thrilling story of mistaken identities, missed chances, forgiveness, and vengeance.
Find out more here.
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Daisy Jones & The Six
By Tara Jenkins Reid

The making of a legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies.
Find out more here.
The Bird King
By G. Willow Wilson

Follow this epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.
Find out more here.
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Your Pastor, My Husband
By B.M. Hardin

What’s a woman to do when she learns that the one man that she thought was “praying” for her…had all along been “preying” on her?
Find out more here.

Don’t forget to check out these books too.

Blood Orange
By Harriet Tyce
Read here.

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The Island of Sea Women
By Lisa See
Read here.
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99 Percent Mine
By Sally Thorne
Read here.

Delve into Race Relations with Nonfiction Works

This month, new books to the Pratt help start a dialog about race relations in our community. With a diverse group of authors, these books are sure to offer different and unique perspectives.

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland
By Jonathan Metzl

Physician Jonathan Metzl’s explores the health implications of “backlash governance” across America’s heartland. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and The Boston Globe.

Check it out here.

Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America
By Kyle Swenson

Learn about the case of three African-American men wrongly convicted of a brutal crime and how their exoneration may have ended one of American history’s most disgraceful miscarriages of justice.

Check it out here.

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, And Mine
By Emily Bernard

This collection of personal essays explores the complexities and experiences of growing up black in the South with a white surname as well as the author’s experiences with interracial marriage, international adoption, and teaching at a Northern white college.

Find out more here.

Movies for Women’s History Month

Check out these free movies to watch on Kanopy.

All you need is a Pratt Library card.

Killing Us Softly 4

In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. 

Women’s March

Shot on location in five U.S. cities, Women’s March is a story about democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in today’s America.

Miss Representation

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.