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MELAG: Town of Fables, by Bong Redila. (Fantagraphics, paper, $24.99.) Redila’s wistful vignettes, rendered in the author’s intricate and imaginative pen-and-ink drawings, span the multiple realities of a Filipino dreamscape where flying trains carry amorphous creatures, children encounter bottled genies in landfills and homes float among the clouds.
NEUROCOMIC: A Comic About the Brain, by Hana Ros. Illustrated by Matteo Farinella. (Nobrow, $24.95.) This odyssey, written and illustrated by two neuroscientists, blends science, history and fantasy as it turns the human brain into a funhouse of neuron forests, expanses of synaptic space and haunted castles of consciousness.
LOOK BACK, by Tatsuki Fujimoto. (VIZ Signature, paper, $12.99.) Two small-town girls — outgoing Fujino and introverted Kyomoto — bond over their shared love of drawing manga in this illustrated coming-of-age story by the creator of “Chainsaw Man.”
TALK TO MY BACK, by Yamada Murasaki. Translated by Ryan Holmberg. (Drawn & Quarterly, paper, $29.95.) The first English edition of this early feminist manga follows a suburban Tokyo woman as she navigates her relationship with an emotionally distant husband, her two maturing daughters and the fear of having been “thrown away inside that empty vessel called the household.”
TRY NOT TO BE STRANGE: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda, by Michael Hingston. (Biblioasis, paper, $18.95.) This combination literary history, travelogue and cautionary tale tells the history of the formerly uninhabited Caribbean island of Redonda and its development into a “micronation” ruled by writers, beginning with the science fiction author M.P. Shiel in 1880.
BAD FRUIT, by Ella King. (Astra House, $27.) In this blistering psychological thriller, a first-year student at Oxford reckons with intergenerational trauma and repressed memory after a spate of flashbacks force her to relive the violence of her volatile mother’s childhood in Singapore.
PROOF OF STAKE: The Making of Ethereum and the Philosophy of Blockchains, by Vitalik Buterin. (Seven Stories, paper, $18.95.) The founder of the second most valuable cryptocurrency presents writings from across the internet in this collection, from his 2013 essay outlining the theoretical framework of Ethereum to musings on free speech, crypto cities and more.
ABOUT FACE, by William Giraldi. (Liveright, $28.) This perceptive tragicomedy follows a middling Boston journalist who writes a highly critical profile of a popular self-help guru and soon finds himself at the center of the guru’s circuit. Chaos, violence and aspirations to fame abound.
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