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Fantagraphics Books
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5.5 X 7.5 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, tells the story of her childhood steeped in the food industry. It was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into five languages. Her travelogues (French Milk, An Age of License, and Displacement) and web comic series (Stop Paying Attention) have been lauded by critics, and her combined work has built her a devoted readership for her honest and thoughtful true-life stories. Her graphic memoirs include Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride and Kid Gloves.


[Knisley's] art is terrific and getting even better. ...[H]er craft and heart keep this volume from turning into a bummer and a disaster like her trip.--Richard Pachter
Knisley's able to achieve an impressive balance between humor and poignancy, juxtaposing observations on the bizarre line-up of nighttime entertainment and the strangeness of her fellow passengers with thoughtful observations on aging and excerpts from her grandfather's World War II journals.--Brian Heater
A perfect memoir comic.
This is the struggle of caregivers all over the world, walking the fine line to balance their own needs and those of their charges, and Knisley gracefully investigates her own emotions and the aching sense of helplessness in the face of time and age. She does it without robbing herself or her grandparents of dignity or ignoring the depth of their love for one another. It's a must read for anyone with aging family members, perfectly capturing the sense of loneliness and helping to lessen it at the same time.--Caitlin Rosberg "Best of 2015 "
In her fourth book, Lucy Knisley deftly conveys the frustration of managing her ailing 'grands' during a maritime excursion, inducing pangs of recognition in any reader who's been around the decaying bodies and psyches of loved ones. What really sets the book apart, however, is Knisley's sparing artwork: Her unhurried lines and gentle watercolors create a show-don't-tell buffet of melancholy.--Abraham Riesman "The 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2015 "
...[T]he quality that's made Knisley a great storyteller -- her ability to recall nuanced encounters with a blend of wit and compassion -- allows her to craft a compelling and complicated account of this time spent with her grandparents. ...[A] must-read...--Tim O'Shea
Knisley has a great eye for what makes travel fun: what's different, what's delicious, cool museums, cute kitties, history, even the strange inconveniences.--Gene Ambaum
Knisley volunteers to chaperone her ninety-year-old grandparents on their Caribbean cruise and ends up on another transformative journey, this time headlong into her fears about aging and death. I'm a fan of her work. ... Knisley moves rapidly between love, sorrow, and worry every day of the cruise.--Sarah Hunt
Knisley is extraordinarily talented at journal comics, with clean-line, attractive figures and a good eye for summing up moments in scattered illustrations. ... The overall message, that caretaking for others is an incredibly difficult, exhausting task, should not be surprising, but Knisley's well-selected details brings it home in sympathetic pain, fatigue, and loneliness. It's horrific but important.--Johanna Draper Carlson
...[T]he book [transforms from] a chronicle of the humorous-in-retrospect hardships she faced into a sort of meditation on aging, of life as a whole thing incorporating past as well as present and Knisley's family story. ... Despite the many travails she faced on her travels, it ends up being a pretty positive experience for all involved...including, of course, the reader.--J. Caleb Mozzocco