The Sky Over the Louvre
A Graphic Novel
Bernard Yslaire and Jean-Claude Carriere
NBM Publishing: $19.99
Everything, including history, has been touched by the comics/graphic novel world, and that includes one of the most visited places in the world, the Louvre Museum in Paris. This second of two graphic novels about the museum focuses on the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and a painting of the Supreme Being, ordered by Robespierre from the famous painter David.
The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: $18.95
What would summer be without bugs? If the gnats and mosquitoes are hassling your summer barbecue, just be grateful that you're not dealing with the Arizona Bark Scorpion, which, as Amy Stewart writes, "is the scorpion most feared by Arizonans.… The sting is considered to be the most painful of any scorpion in the United States, lasting for up to seventy-two hours." Although her book looks at some fearful creatures, like the scorpion, or those spiders belonging to the Latrodectus genus that everybody knows as the black widow spider, Stewart also ably guides us through what we might find in our gardens or caught in the porch screen on a late afternoon. "To insects and their squirming, wriggling, and crawling compatriots, I offer my wary respect," she says. "I still can't bring myself to squash a bug. But I watch them now with more amazement — and alarm — than ever."