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Displacement
by Lucy Knisley


Overview - In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book s watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather s WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley s frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents frailty."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781606998106
  • ISBN-10: 1606998102
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 168
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Nonfiction - General
Books > Travel > Essays & Travelogues
Books > Family & Relationships > Life Stages - Later Years

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

After her acclaimed travelogues French Milk and An Age of License, Knisley returns with a new travel memoir, this one focusing on duty rather than adventure. Lucy accompanies her aging grandparents on a Caribbean cruise. She ends up dealing with more than she expected, however, as her grandparents are no longer very mobile and have high demands on her attention. Her grandmother is dipping into dementia, packing numerous toothbrushes and combs, and insisting on buying even more at the ship’s store. Not a seasoned caretaker, Lucy struggles with cleaning up her grandfather’s soiled pants and guarding her grandparents’ cabin door so they don’t wander off. She brings her grandfather’s World War II memoir along with her, and segments of the memoir are interspersed within the text, giving us a glimpse into her grandfather’s young life. His observations are insightful and detailed—even more could have been mixed into the book. Lucy’s own private journey about being confused, lost, and lonely for love at her stage of life is balanced with the humorous mishaps and heartbreaking deterioration of her grandparents, all told with a mix of comics, illustrations without text, and hand-lettered journal entries. Knisley’s experiences are a reminder of the fragility of age and fleeting nature of youth, but there’s no real knockout revelation here. (Feb.)

 
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