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    Publishers Weekly. 10/28/2019, Vol. 266 Issue 43, p16-20. 21p. 36 Color Photographs.
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      Here's something new for us: a graphic memoir is among our 10 best books of the year. It's Mira Jacob's Good Talk, and it's a wonderfully enchanting memoir that couldn't be more of-the-moment, with its take on race in America that's equally smart, pointed, funny, and touching. In this definitive biography of one of America's most celebrated inventors, Pulitzerwinning author Morris (Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan), who died shortly before the book's publication, tells an engrossing story of Thomas Edison, expertly setting his greatest achievements - creating the light bulb and phonograph - against a colorful portrait of his eccentricity. Snyder combines startling statistics (50 women in the U.S. are shot and killed by their partners every month) and harrowing personal stories to deliver the definitive portrait of domestic violence in America. Schrieve conjures intricate magic vital to the plot, pushes the book's leads to grow amid the book's ratcheting tension, and provides incisive social commentary via monster-tale tropes. [Extracted from the article]
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