Americana (and the Act of Getting Over It.)

Luke Healy (Author)
Available

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
Nobrow
Publish Date
September 10, 2019
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.0 X 8.8 inches | 1.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781910620618

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Luke Healy was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He received a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University, and an MFA in Cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, USA. This is his second book with Nobrow, and his first memoir. Americana tells the story of his yearning to settle in the United States, from his studies in Vermont, to his repeated attempts to gain a long-term visa, to his trek through the Pacific Crest Trail. He lives in London, England.

Reviews

ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S "BEST COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2019"
"Healy's pilgrimage through America is also a journey into his own mind, soundtracked by blistered footsteps and breathless huffs, and told with winning honesty."

Honorable mention, Publishers Weekly Graphic Novel Critics Poll 2019

"This masterful and moving graphic memoir establishes Luke Healy as one of the finest cartoonists working today... Americana is a triumph."
--James Sturm, author of Off Season

"Healy's memoir is both a thoughtful meditation on being an outsider looking in, and a practical read for people interested in the logistics of conquering a long-distance trail."
--Ingrid Bohnenkamp, Library Journal

" Healy's tale is bittersweet as he deals with the ups and downs of taking on this monumental task alone without any real training, but his growth is obvious."
--Suzanne Temple, Booklist

"Americana is as epic as the hike [Healy] took. At over 300 pages with the mixed narrative presentations, there's a lot packed in there, both high emotion and calm rumination. He captures all the aspects involved in taking such a hike, and I don't mean just preparations, but the pathways to ending up on such a trail. It's a perfect book anyone you might know who wants to take a similar journey -- or just wants to know what it would be like, but doesn't see themselves ever doing it. Healy captures the terrain and the experience, sure, but he also captures the meaning without ever restricting it to his own definition."
--John Seven, The Beat

"What I appreciated about Americana was that it offered a foreigner's perspective of trail life and America as a whole, and that it did so utilizing a medium that is rarely, if ever, used to depict thru-hiking despite being perfect for it. Thru-hikes are internal journeys, of course, but so much of the experience is about immersing oneself in what is outside, about slowing down and seeing the world in a way that it cannot possibly be seen at the speeds at which we now normally travel. Thru-hiking is a very visual experience, and Healy does a wonderful job of conveying it that way."
--Jessica Tinios, The Trek

"A much-needed break from the typical hiker reads, gear-lists, and trail maps. It's a highly reflective, multi-layered story featuring gorgeous illustrations, tasteful humor, and a colorful cast of characters. It's a highly recommended novel to nature lovers and comic nerds alike."
--Adam "AMS" Rakestraw, Outdoor Evolution