Lucy Knisley

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Lucy Knisley (Nice-ly) is my new favorite Graphic Novelist. I had the pleasure of reading through three of her books.

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Age of License was the first book I read. It was a pretty good read. I enjoyed the subject matter — travel. But I didn’t fully connect fully with the book or its drawing style for some reason despite the fact that I usually love travel books. My favorite part was when she visits Angoul√™me famed for its own love of comics and their authors because I would probably share Lucy’s excitement in being there.

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Displacement I read this book next. I liked it even better. Lucy goes on a cruise (which can be trying in the best of times! see DFW’s take on it) but she takes things to a whole other level by going on this adventure with her very geriatric grandparents. Hilarity, well more like poignant resignation and frustration ensues! My favorite part however were the flashbacks to her grandfather’s wartime journal entries ( I could read a whole illustrated graphic novel of just her grandpa’s experiences! hint hint)

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Relish This was the last one I read and it was by far my favorite, perhaps it was the subject matter. Being a foodie myself, I could really appreciate another foodie’s journey through life plus the book is littered with detailed cutely illustrated recipes throughout. This one really hit it home for me – a coming of age story, a foodie romp through farm to table, city life AND country living, awesome recipes and a lightness throughout but once again grounded by its poignancy of family life and a life lived.

Fallen Astronaut

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I had no idea there was any art on the moon, I was thrilled to find out about Fallen Astronaut. I guess you could almost call it a site-specific installation, but it certainly is an open air gallery with a fine piece of commemorative minimal sculpture – remembering all those who have died in service of this cause. It seems a poignant and touching tribute, and a very exciting discovery for me. There is some controversy surrounding the art – but it’s exciting to think of a piece of art in the far reaches of the cosmos.