Artwork: Detail from “Imagine Wanting Only This” by Kristen Radtke.
Graphic memoirs are having a moment. Pairing comic book-style illustrations with confessional tales makes for captivating storytelling. Graphic memoirs can make tough topics like thorny relationships, the loss of a home, and death more approachable. Other times, they’re just colorful, guilty pleasures perfect for readers with short attention spans. Half of these graphic memoirs are brand-new and half are beloved classics. Consider this an introduction to your new favorite genre of books.