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The Talk

Author/Illustrator: Darrin Bell
Adult and Ages 13-18
Published June 6, 2023
$ 2999 USD



Named The Year's Best Graphic Novel by Publishers Weekly
Named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Best Books of 2023
Named one of NPR's Books We Love
Named one of Kirkus' Best 2023 Books
Named one of the Washington Post's 10 best graphic novels of 2023
One of TIME Magazine's Must-Read Books of the Year
Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 2024
Booklist Editors' Choice: Graphic Novels, 2023
New York Public Library's Best New Comics of 2023 Top Ten Pick

Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2023 Top Ten Pick
Named one of School Library Journal's Best Graphic Novels of 2023
Named one of The Guardian's Best Graphic Novels of 2023

Darrin Bell was six years old when his mother told him he couldn’t have a realistic water gun. She said she feared for his safety, that police tend to think of little Black boys as older and less innocent than they really are.

Through evocative illustrations and sharp humor, Bell examines how The Talk shaped intimate and public moments from childhood to adulthood. While coming of age in Los Angeles—and finding a voice through cartooning—Bell becomes painfully aware of being regarded as dangerous by white teachers, neighbors, and police officers and thus of his mortality. Drawing attention to the brutal murders of African Americans and showcasing revealing insights and cartoons along the way, he brings us up to the moment of reckoning when people took to the streets protesting the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. And now Bell must decide whether he and his own six-year-old son are ready to have The Talk.

• 2023 Time Magazine Best Books of the Year long-listed
• 2023 CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best long-listed
• 2023 Washington Post Best Books of the Year long-listed
• 2023 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year long-listed
• 2023 New Yorker Best Books of the Year long-listed
• 2023 The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year
• 2023 Library Journal Best Books of the Year long-listed
• 2023 School Library Journal Best Books of the Year long-listed

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