Reviews and Blog Posts: graphic memoirs


by Lucy Knisley

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A Caribbean cruise sounds like fun...unless you're there to look after your elderly grandparents on their tour, and confronting the realities of their aging bodies and minds. When the author's grandparents signed up for the cruise, all of their children were surprised, and thought it might be better if someone...

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened

by Allie Brosh

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Alternating between meditations on inner life (depression, self-worth, self-perception), childhood anecdotes (an obsession with eating a whole cake, getting lost in the woods), and dog stories (trying to train a dog who just doesn't get it), this book made me laugh out loud in places. It also has an amazing...

The Dirt Candy cookbook

by Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey

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A graphic memoir? A cookbook? Why not be both? Amanda Cohen shares the story of  Dirt Candy, her all vegetable restaurant in New York, along with recipes, technique, and the reality of building a restaurant and working every day to make it the best it can be. The graphic format...

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir

by Ellen Forney

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When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney  was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she explores her treatment...

My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel

by Derf

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Author Derf Backderf graduated from high school with Jeffrey Dahmer in 1978. While they weren't close, they moved in the same outcast circles, and Backderf has a unique perspective on the early development of the man that would become one of the worst modern serial killers. Combining his recollections with...

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