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Stitches by David Small
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Mar 13, 2010

Read in March, 2010

In this very moving graphic memoir, an award-winning children's book illustrator recalls his harrowing 1950s childhood. At the mercy of a radiologist father whose overzealous x-ray treatments do serious damage, and an angry, neglectful and uncommunicative mother, David Small flees home at sixteen to eventually find solace through his art, and some measure of understanding as he learns about his family's troubled past. Haunting gray and white images perfectly capture a broken world. As Small put it, "I know now that the graphic form was the only way my memoir could have been told." On numerous "best" of the year lists, this is enthusiastically recommended to adults and teens. (Susan R., Reader's Services)

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