Books by Harvey Pekar

Cleveland, Ohio native Harvey Pekar is best known for his autobiographical slice-of-life comic book series "American Splendor", a first-person account of Pekar’s downtrodden life. The series has been published on an approximately annual basis since 1976.


NOT THE ISRAEL MY PARENTS PROMISED ME by Harvey Pekar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"Even if other posthumous work follows, it likely won't be any richer than this."
This posthumous publication reflects the seminal graphic memoirist at his edgy best. Read full book review >
HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA "ON THE FLY" by Harvey Pekar
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Pekar fans will enjoy this minor work from a major figure."
This posthumously published collection of narratives provides footnotes on the life immortalized through American Splendor. Read full book review >
STUDS TERKEL’S WORKING by Harvey Pekar
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"A fitting homage that reinforces the old saw: If work were any good, they wouldn't have to pay us to do it."
One of Terkel's best-known books takes on new life in graphic form courtesy of the team of dyspeptic artist Pekar and editor Buhle (Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History, 2009, etc.), along with a crew of illustrators. Read full book review >
THE BEATS by Harvey Pekar
NONFICTION
Released: March 24, 2009

"A worthy introduction to the makers of Howl, Naked Lunch, On the Road, Turtle Island and a small library's worth of enduring books."
An illustrated tour of the world of hepcats, bongo bangers and other denizens of the bohemian 1950s. Read full book review >
STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY by Harvey Pekar
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Learned, passionate and accessible history of the first order, casting a critical but mostly benevolent eye on an often-contradictory movement."
The story of the legendary 1960s student-activist group, in words and pictures. Read full book review >
MACEDONIA by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2007

"Reads more often like a lecture than a graphic novel."
This illustrated peace polemic and lesson in international relations is often educational but only occasionally engaging. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2006 by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"A worthy launch for what appears destined to become a valuable annual anthology."
The latest addition to the publisher's venerable "Best American" series not only provides an expansive survey of the contemporary graphic landscape, but serves as an effective introduction to an art long consigned to the cultural underground. Read full book review >
EGO AND HUBRIS by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2006

"Whether or not Pekar has exhausted the storytelling possibilities of his own life, fans will appreciate this change of pace."
The latest from the renowned graphic memoirist offers a fascinating character study of a character who isn't Harvey Pekar. Read full book review >
THE QUITTER by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A lean and angry work, anchored by a mellowing sense of self-discovery."
Pekar digs deep into his childhood to find the roots of his desperate fear of failure. Read full book review >