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Stuck rubber baby
Cruse, Howard.

Personal Author:
First HarperPerennial edition.
Physical Description:
iv, 210 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Pub Date:
HarperPerennial, 1996.



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Adult Non-fiction Book 741.59 C957 1996
Adult Non-fiction Book 741.59 C957 1996

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Written by HOWARD CRUSE Art and new cover by HOWARD CRUSE The groundbreaking, award-winning semi autobiographical graphic novel returns in a new 15th anniversary edition featuring an introduction by Alison Bechdel, award-winning author of Fun Home. In the 1960s American South, a young gas-station attendant named Toland Polk is rejected from the Army draft for admitting "homosexual tendencies," and falls in with a close-knit group of young locals yearning to break from the conformity of their hometown through civil rights activism, folk music and upstart communality of race-mixing, gay-friendly nightclubs. Toland's story is both deeply personal and epic in scope, as his search for identity plays out against the brutal fight over segregation, an unplanned pregnancy and small-town bigotry, aided by an unforgettable supporting cast. "A remarkable achievement, a story so richly drawn - in both senses of the word - that it will pull you, headlong, into a bottomless world of hopes, fears, dreams and the all-too-real prejudice witnessed by its author." - THE NEW YORK TIMES "Cruse's visceral, visual account of America's recent past contributes with grace and force to what we can only continue to hope is history's bend toward justice." - ALISON BECHDEL, from her introduction

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Library Journal Review

It's the 1960s South, and young Toland Polk hides his sexual identity as he demonstrates with the civil rights movement. Although he's not sure where his heart and hormones are headed, he does find outspoken folksinger Ginger pretty appealing. It's got to be love, he thinks, even as he makes friends among the semicloseted gay locals. But as Toland and his friends painfully fumble their way through mutual discoveries, escalating supremacist violence forces showdowns all around, and Toland can't stay in the closet any longer. While the title alludes to Toland and Ginger's baby, a new Toland is birthed as well. Originally published in 1995, this 15th-anniversary reissue includes an introduction by Alison Bechdel (Fun Home). This ranks up there with Maus: A Survivor's Tale as one of those compelling issues stories featuring deep, complex characters. Winner of Eisner, Harvey, and AngoulIme awards, it plays out in skillful, equally nuanced black-and-white art. VERDICT As a reminder of America's halting progress toward real democracy, this work is highly recommended for older teens and up. With inexplicit sex and occasionally strong language.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.