Illustrated by :Kate Gavino
Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.52in x 7.68 x 0.95 in | 1.88 lb
Page Count:288 pages
Illustrations:B&W ART THROUGHOUT
A GREAT MOMENT FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS: From GOOD TALK to THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH, both reviewers and book-buyers are excited to experience serious questions and issues via the graphic novel format. We’ll publish in a paper-over-board format that is perfect for the market.
A POWERFUL PERSONAL STORY: All three women’s stories are based on Kate’s real experiences in the industry, which will be sure to fascinate both reviewers and readers.
TERRIFIC PLATFORM, STRONG SOCIALS: With over 50,000 followers on Instagram and contacts from The New Yorker to The Believer, Kate Gavino has the perfect platform for this book and this publication.
A TRULY EMOTIONAL, RELATABLE STORY: Out of all the acquisitions I’ve made for Plume over the past few years, this one might have had the most passionate response! Perfectly timed for our industry and for the moment, I know that this is a story that readers will fall in love with, and I suspect there will be much bookseller support as well.
“Kate Gavino has created a welcome jolt of a book—a hilarious, addictive read that just happens to reclaim Asian American history while illuminating our present. And it’s fun to read. Whew, we needed this one.”
—Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk
“A well-told story about friendship and the importance of fighting for your space and for what you want, A Career In Books may especially appeal to those who have led that assistant life, who always read the acknowledgments, and who don’t need to google Binky Urban.” —AV Club
“While Gavino empathically showcases independent APA women in search of fulfillment, she also lovingly celebrates Asian American publishing with clever inclusions…Presented in delightful four-part, black-and-white panels, Gavino’s memorable characters manage the quotidian, dissect challenges, navigate change, and celebrate triumphs—together.” —Booklist
“With quill-sharp narration and spot-on details, this delightful graphic novel from Gavino (Last Night’s Reading) depicts New York City publishing through the eyes of three Asian American NYU grads who share an apartment…Specificity is the fire that fuels this witty social satire, in which fairness doesn’t always triumph, but friendship does.”
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
“Heartwarming and hilarious.” —Bookriot
“The writing is sharp and funny, the trials and tribulations real and rewarding.” —NY Journal of Books
“Kate Gavino’s A Career in Books is a funny, deeply engaging nostalgia trip back to the days when you were broke on an entry-level salary, living in the big city with roommates, and anxious about whether your career would work out. Her eye for detail is astounding, from the late 2000s pop culture references (remember the Marie Antoinette soundtrack?) to the inner workings of female friendship (calling each other inside joke nicknames like ”beb“). With witty dialogue and delightful illustration, A Career in Books is charming, edgy, and a joy to read.” —Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir
“A Career In Books is one of those books I would have loved to work on as an editorial assistant, and we all know those books are few and far between. It’s a charming ode to idealism and realism, and what happens when the two inevitably intersect.”
—Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210
“…a vividly rendered satirical graphic novel about three Asian American young women determined to work in book publishing.” —Publishers Weekly, Comics World
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