Golem by David Wisniewski

Reviewed by Rebecca (Library Staff)

Golem is a 1996 paper cut picture book and winner of the Caldecott medal. It is the retelling of the Golem Jewish folktale. The paper cut art is striking and vivid. Wisniewski keeps his retelling faithful to the different historical versions of the folktale, but also incorporates his own additions, such as the Golem speaking, which is not in the old folktales. This adds a lot of humanity and compassion to the giant which, in my opinion, makes the story much more engaging and impactful. I highly recommend this book to people new to the folktale or those who haven’t yet heard Wisniewski’s version.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E WISNIEWSKI)

The Knick (2014)

Reviewed by Rebecca (Library Staff)

The Knick is an historical fiction show set in a 1900 New York City hospital. The show follows the head doctor who has a cocaine habit and finds he can’t be at the top of his game without it. The show takes the history and medicine that is shown is highly accurate. Which leads to some gruesome and tragic results that were commonplace for the people of the 1900. For how barbaric and gory the medicine looks, the Knick and that point in history was a time of leaps and bounds in the discoveries and invention for surgery. There are also a good amount of personal drama between doctors and nurses and racial segregation (as one of the doctors is African American). Sadly the show was abruptly cancelled after the second season by Cinemax. Cinemax’s official statement was “We have decided to return Cinemax to its original primetime series fare of high-octane action dramas”. As sad as that is I still found The Knick to be well rounded and a fascinating show that I definitely recommend checking out.

Located in TV Series (TV SERIES KNICK SEASON 1)

PTSD by Guillaume Singelin

Reviewed by Rebecca (Library Staff)

PTSD is a graphic novel, originating from France. The title cuts right to the subject matter. Taking place in a fictional world that is not all to unfamiliar from our own. The protagonist, Jun a veteran who was wounded and is living a rough life on the streets. Jun’s PTSD is handled in a serious and heavy tone. We see her attempts to heal her past psychological trauma; alone and with help. The art is very much inspired by Japanese culture. The detail and color choices really help flesh out the world and characters.

Located in Graphic Novels (GRAPHIC SINGELIN)