By Graphic Medicine International Collective

Matthew Noe (@NoetheMatt) is a librarian, coffee fiend, and co-editor of Graphic Medicine. He reads widely, seeking kindness and critique of work, and this list represents what he's reading during the COVID19 pandemic. Notes will be added to books over time. 

The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries (Revised)

Thich Nhat Hanh

$14.95 $13.75

An interesting approach that didn't sit perfectly with me.

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving

Celeste Headlee

$25.00 $22.50

Timely, with practical suggestions.

Days of Distraction

Alexandra Chang

$26.99 $24.29

Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries


Includes a chapter on graphic medicine in academic health sciences libraries!

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

Ursula K. Le Guin and Charles Vess

$59.99 $53.99

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1

Kiiro Yumi

$9.99 $9.19

Witch Hat Atelier 1

Kamome Shirahama

$12.99 $11.95

The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books (2016)

Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo


Valuable for thinking about the risks of canonization

Voyage Around My Room

Xavier De Maistre

$14.95 $13.75

The Golden Age, Book 1

Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa

$29.99 $26.99

Beautiful fantasy comic that I cannot wait to read more of!


Jenny Offill

$23.95 $21.56

See also:

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

$26.99 $24.29

This isn't something I'm reading right now, BUT, it is a powerful, relevant one that I highly recommend.

Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place

Scott McClanahan

$16.00 $14.72

Officer Clemmons: A Memoir

François Clemmons

$26.00 $23.40

The Swamp

Yoshiharu Tsuge

$24.95 $22.46


Frank Santoro

$29.95 $26.96

The River at Night

Kevin Huizenga

$34.95 $31.46

The Real World of Technology (Rev)

Ursula M Franklin

$18.95 $17.43

Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones

Ngozi Ukazu

$23.99 $21.59


Rita Indiana

$13.95 $12.83

Hot Comb

Ebony Flowers

$21.95 $19.76