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6 must-read books written by the 2019 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

See the acclaimed works produced by this year's MacArthur Fellows, which include genre-bending novels, graphic nonfiction, and new takes on the classics.

What It Is by graphic novelist, cartoonist, and educator Lynda Barry

From the MacArthur Foundation: Barry is honored for “inspiring creative engagement through original graphic works and a teaching practice centered on the role of image making in communication.”

Lynda Barry is perhaps best known for her work in comics and graphic novels: She is the author and illustrator of the “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” comic strip as well as the graphic novels The Good Times Are Killing Me and One! Hundred! Demons!. Barry is also an educator who shares her teaching style and practices in books such as Syllabus and Picture This. Her 2008 book What It Is is a colorful meditation on writing and the creative process. “Every so often a book comes along that surpasses expectations, taking readers on an inspirational voyage that they don’t want to leave. This is one such book,” praises Library School Journal. 

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