Best Graphic Novel Nonfiction

List of the Month
May 2023 (see all)
Description
They say a picture is worth a thousand words... and graphic novels tend to have plenty of both. Our List of the Month this May is devoted to the best nonfiction in graphic novel or comic book format. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme.
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8,809 members
257 reviews
½ 4.5
39 Members
booklover3258, karenb, Vierran, Storeetllr, Euryale, gaskella, magnetgrrl, knerd.knitter, abbottthomas, mahsdad, terran, Cecrow, amanda4242, sweeks1980, cbl_tn, birder4106, AnnieMod, loafhunter13, ProfessorGlum, cabyrum, Kristelh, JonHutchings, miller.max, Michael.Rimmer, IrgendwieJuna, caedocyon, GrinningCat, msemmag, tekniskfeil, Lisa.Domke, sashame, ManWithAnAgenda, Julie_in_the_Library, elahrairah, cfa413, cesiavg, -winnie-, hanzlaahmed, arwa-fm,anglemark ,cpg ,yoyogod
Explanations
Michael.Rimmer: Using mice, cats and other animals as metaphors does not make this book a work of fiction. As a family history, it gives a personal perspective on a global event, the metaphorical elements enriching, rather than detracting from, historical accuracy.
elahrairah: a heartbreaking work and astutely observed look at history and trauma.
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1,407 members
95 reviews
½ 4.3
11
1,157 members
66 reviews
½ 4.6
12
2,978 members
364 reviews
½ 4.3
13
1,996 members
176 reviews
4.1
14
941 members
93 reviews
4.1
15
4,191 members
112 reviews
4.1
16
689 members
53 reviews
½ 4.5
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1,802 members
44 reviews
4.2
5 Members
magnetgrrl, JonHutchings, miller.max, Chrisethier, elahrairah
Explanations
elahrairah: depressing and challenging.
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1,781 members
73 reviews
3.9
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774 members
50 reviews
4.2
5 Members
LadyUndomiel, ijustgetbored, cataloga, Kristelh, PureChaos
Explanations
ijustgetbored: A concise but informative examination of the life and work of Marie and Pierre Curie.
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2,316 members
103 reviews
3.9
22
726 members
27 reviews
3.9
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254 members
17 reviews
½ 3.6
24
1,079 members
30 reviews
½ 4.4
25
442 members
18 reviews
3.9
26
264 members
13 reviews
½ 4.3
27
350 members
16 reviews
4.1
4 Members
greeniezona, nobooksnolife, loafhunter13, cabyrum,InfoQuest
Explanations
InfoQuest : A really great set of graphic novels, but they're historical fiction.
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351 members
9 reviews
4.1
29
622 members
19 reviews
4
30
125 members
7 reviews
½ 3.6
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1,212 members
67 reviews
4.2
32
20 members
1 review
3
33
98 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
34
143 members
6 reviews
½ 3.7
35
1,983 members
100 reviews
½ 3.7
36
589 members
25 reviews
3.8
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4,669 members
301 reviews
4.2
38
190 members
14 reviews
4.1
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877 members
32 reviews
4.2
2 Members
Ling.Lass, msemmag
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238 members
25 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
anglemark, ijustgetbored
Explanations
ijustgetbored: Graphic nonfiction: a biography of James Joyce's often-forgotten daughter, Lucia Joyce.
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1,659 members
120 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,002 members
61 reviews
½ 4.3
43
771 members
18 reviews
3.8
44
355 members
18 reviews
4
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682 members
17 reviews
3.8
2 Members
msemmag, Laura.a
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131 members
8 reviews
4.2
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106 members
1 review
½ 3.7
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551 members
35 reviews
3.9
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59 members
6 reviews
½ 3.7
50
604 members
31 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
EMS_24, cataloga
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99 members
1 review
3.9
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356 members
20 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
ijustgetbored, caedocyon
Explanations
ijustgetbored: A graphic memoir that may appeal to those who enjoyed Fun Home.
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266 members
15 reviews
3.8
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135 members
1 review
½ 3.7
2 Members
hipdeep, cataloga
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526 members
38 reviews
3.8
56
224 members
20 reviews
4
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135 members
2 reviews
½ 4.3
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482 members
22 reviews
½ 4.3
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272 members
20 reviews
½ 3.6
60
292 members
22 reviews
4
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308 members
15 reviews
3.9
2 Members
ijustgetbored, souci
Explanations
ijustgetbored: The author, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, confronts a cancer diagnosis and chronicles her treatment journey.
62
664 members
70 reviews
½ 3.3
63
160 members
8 reviews
4
64
263 members
16 reviews
4
65
311 members
14 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
sashame, asiralh
66
212 members
11 reviews
4
67
41 members
3 reviews
4
2 Members
karenb, edgewood
69
1,245 members
23 reviews
4
Member
Ling.Lass
70
726 members
43 reviews
4
Member
souci
Explanations
souci: For me it is one of the few graphic works where the illustrations do illustrate the narrative, but rather ARE the narrative.
71
387 members
8 reviews
3.8
72
271 members
3 reviews
4.1
73
247 members
52 reviews
3.9
Member
hipdeep
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233 members
1 review
3.8
75
195 members
8 reviews
½ 4.5
Member
kaixo
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90 members
6 reviews
4.2
77
72 members
2 reviews
3.9
78
48 members
1 review
½ 3.5
Member
EMS_24
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41 members
6 reviews
4.1
80
40 members
1 review
½ 4.3
Member
anglemark
81
29 members
3 reviews
½ 4.4
Member
slimikin
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16 members
83
12 members
2 reviews
4.2
Member
gypsysmom
84
12 members
½ 3.3
Member
Rommert
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3 members
2 reviews
5
86
1 member
Member
Carojo95
Explanations
Carojo95: Caroline Jones was stunned at what she *didn't* know about breast cancer and cancer treatment so she wrote and illustrated this guide/memoir. The words "You have breast cancer" are some of the hardest you'll ever hear about your health. This heavily illustrated memoir has anecdotal and evidence-based tips about getting through treatment and maintaining your health after treatment has concluded.
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5,123 members
345 reviews
4
4 Members
Vierran, raidergirl3, loafhunter13, awerling,hipdeep ,greeniezona ,LadyUndomiel ,
Explanations
greeniezona : it's fiction
LadyUndomiel : it's fiction
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825 members
40 reviews
3.8
89
802 members
48 reviews
½ 3.7
90
527 members
52 reviews
½ 4.3
91
378 members
11 reviews
3.8
Member
EMS_24
92
291 members
8 reviews
4.2
Member
eo206
93
271 members
5 reviews
4
94
123 members
6 reviews
3.9
Member
nobooksnolife
Explanations
nobooksnolife: This work is confusingly referenced. There is the original author, Li Kunwu, and the translator to English, Otie, who also seems to have supplemented drawings.
95
107 members
11 reviews
4.1
Member
asiralh
96
107 members
4 reviews
3.8
97
71 members
4 reviews
4
Member
Vierran
98
64 members
8 reviews
4.2
Member
cbl_tn
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54 members
4 reviews
½ 4.3
Member
slimikin
100
47 members
3 reviews
½ 3.6