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Displacement: A Travelogue

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,237 ratings  ·  763 reviews
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 sur ...more
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Published February 8th 2015 by Fantagraphics
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Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Knisley is one of my favorite cartoonists, and I love that her travelogues have taken off. I remember first finding French Milk in my library’s graphic novel section and wondering what it was all about. Since then, I’ve followed all her work and own all her books. I preordered this book almost a year in advance, but when it finally arrived, I wasn’t able to read it due to my grandma’s decline and sudden death. It hit too close to home, unfortunately. Today, I preordered her next book, Someth
David Schaafsma
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
There is something so pleasant and inviting about everything Knisley does! The color, the cute way she depicts herself and her family and her earnest and positive approach to life, whether she is talking about a love affair she has on a book tour or her family. I read every word of this and can say I sorta liked it, just because it is so darned pleasant! If you pick up this book you are hoping it will be a tour through the wine country of France again, yay!

But here it is: Displacement is a book
Oof. This is a sad and uncomfortable read. More so or at least every bit as reflective and painful as Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?. The illustrations do help keep it light as they have an airy quality to them. Be prepared though to consider your own mortality and that of the ones you love.

I just felt so bad for everyone.

I'm thinking that reading this and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End might put some into a full scale funk. Readers be warned.

This light but still quietly devastating little travelogue might be the best thing Lucy Knisley has ever written. (Drawn? Created? Mixed media confuses word choice.)

Her first two travelogues (French Milk and An Age of License) were explorations of her own maturation as she saw different parts of the world, but this one is on a whole other level. Her grandparents Allen and Phyllis are 93 and 90 years old respectively, and have signed up to go on a Caribbean cruise with a group from their assisted
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

Lucy Knisley's travelogue/graphic memoir of when she accompanied her elderly grandparents on a cruise. It was interesting and bittersweet to read, it was also somewhat stressful, as it was easy to relate to all the difficulties and pressures Lucy was feeling in looking after her fragile and easily confused grandparents. I felt quite sorry for all of them, the vulnerability of her grandparents and the fear Lucy was going though in being wholly responsible for them was kind of terrifying a
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Flannery by: Random find at the library.
This one hit a lot of sweet spots for me, and it was a random find. I wander the stacks of the King County Library System pretty regularly, but I am only looking for something particular about 25% of the time. The rest of the time I go do one of three things: look through the audiobooks; look through the graphic novel section; or try to find random short books in the fiction aisles. I found this book today in the graphic novel section and it was the right book at the right time for me. But it is ...more
Elizabeth A
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The author is known for her graphic memoirs, and this is the third one of hers I've read. In this installment, the 20-something author decides to accompany her 90-something grandparents on a Caribbean cruise. This memoir recounts those 10 days, the ups and downs of traveling with aging grandparents, and the heartbreak of watching those you love get closer to death.

The art remains true to her style of being light, airy, and fun. What I really liked in this installment is that the author explores
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction, ya
This little book is a graphic (as in "illustrated comic-book style") memoir of a vacation the author took at age 27 with her 90-something-year-old grandparents. The "grands", as she called them, decided to take a cruise with others from their retirement community. The couple's four children panicked and all decided that someone needed to accompany them to supervise. The author was single and between books so, thinking a cruise to the Caribbean during a gloomy New England winter could be a fun ex ...more
Karen Ng
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bought this little gem of a book at Strand's New York just by flipping through the colorful drawings and the theme, and became absorbed, then later finished it during lunch munching on a slice of Joe's Margherita pizza.

At the time, I did not realize that she also wrote/drew Relish, which everyone in my family had enjoyed. She's known for her graphic memoirs! In this installment, the young author went on a cruise with her Grandparents. Both of them were over 90 at that time and her Grandma also s
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I adore everything I've read by Lucy Knisley, this is no exception.

This memoir deals with the highs and lows of taking a cruise with her aging grandparents.

One of my favorite things about her work is her honesty. It is at its prime here.
Even though Lucy Knisely's graphic memoirs are consistently three-star books for me, I have to credit her with having some quality that makes me immediately seek out each one as soon as I learn of its existence.
Melissa Chung
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wahhahahahha I feel like sobbing. I'm always like that when I read Lucy's memoirs. They are always about family and I miss mine terribly. I'm giving this graphic novel 5 stars because I can and because it deserves it.

So in this installment of Lucy's life she is embarking on a grand adventure with her elderly grandparents (they are in their early 90's!). None of her relatives wanted to join her grandparents on a Caribbean cruise and so Lucy decides to go. She knew it would be a challenge, but did
Julie Ehlers
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Lucy Knisley's French Milk and Relish but was not so fond of her first "travelogue," An Age of License, which I found shallow and unsatisfying, so I'd decided to pass on her second travelogue, Displacement. But when I won a copy of her newest book, Something New, I decided to go back and fill in my Displacement gap first, and I'm glad I did. This story of Lucy taking a cruise with her ninetysomething grandparents was definitely entertaining, and its glimpses of her grandparents' mo ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
An incredibly moving and sad book. Lucy Knisley captures perfectly these moments all humans experience that don't really have names: wanting to help someone but also being annoyed at helping them. Feeling alone when surrounded by people. Being uncomfortable no matter what you're doing.

The story is about her time between finishingRelish and its publication, when she went on a cruise with her two elderly grandparents. Knisley was excited to spend time with them, but also struggled to deal with ho
I liked this better than An Age of License, though it was definitely tougher to read.

This graphic memoir follows Lucy as she takes a cruise with her elderly grandparents and all of the care-taking she has to do while on board. There are some weird inconsistencies though (on one page she says she had fun in Europe drinking and then literally two pages later, she notes she doesn't like to drink with strangers) but that aside, this is another solid Knisley read.

As someone who has watched her grandp
I grew up in a family where play-by-play reports on our days were the norm. We'd take turns talking about what we did all day, highlights and lowpoints, friendships and thoughts. It was just my mom, my dad and me, and I grew up very close with both of them.
Now that I'm an adult, this is the kind of intimacy I crave. I feel most connected to my best friend when she shares about how she spends her days with me, and I downright NEED it from my partner in order to feel fulfilled.
So I have a high tol
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OK, if I wasn't before, now I am officially a Knisley disciple! I just love this girl!

Lucy's grandparents have signed up for a cruise, and need a caretaker to accompany them, so Lucy agrees to step up and take on the task. She knows it will be daunting, but she is unprepared for the level of dysfunction. Nevertheless, she manages it, day by day - all of the little frustrations and accomplishments. And I don't thin it is a spoiler to say that at the end, Lucy is glad she got to spend time with t
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC thanks to the publisher!
I will read anything Lucy Knisley does. I adore her gn Relish and have read French Milk since. This is the third I have read of hers. Compared to other memoir type graphic novels I've read, I can relate to Knisley's on a much deeper level.
In Displacement, Lucy goes on a cruise as a caregiver for her elderly grandparents. She experiences ups and downs with them(her grandma's dementia, her grandpa's incontinence) well as the painful realization of her own mortali
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Lucy Knisley's work.
Andrea (EvergreensAndBookishThings)
Another fantastic graphic memoir from an absolute go-to author. In Displacement, Knisley tells the story of chaperoning her very old and frail grandparents on a cruise. It's equal parts hilarious and bittersweet. She doesn't hold back on all the gritty details of life with the elderly. I especially loved her incorporating her grandfather's book about WWII into her writing. The complicated love she has for them and her family is beautifully evident through the pages.
For more reviews and bookish m
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Knisley, 27, accompanies her 90-something grandparents on a cruise and finds herself thrust into the role of constant caretaker. Confronted with their mortality and deteriorating health, she reflects on the people they were and her relationships with them. All the while taking on the overwhelming task of keeping them in line and trying to make the trip enjoyable for them yet still bearable for herself.

Another travelogue/memoir comic from Lucy Knisley. Her trademark brightly colored, soft, frien
Denver Public Library
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 accompanied them. Knisley, twentysomething, single, and not tied down to a job schedule, volunteered. She knew she'd get to spend valuable time with her grands, but also knew that there wo ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I find myself contemplating age and morality more than other people my age (early 30s)...or maybe we just don't talk about it. According to eastern tradition (that I read somewhere, I don't remember exactly) instead of sanitizing death and thoughts of it from our lives and minds, we need to contemplate deeply, stare it in the face until it doesn't terrify us. Not in a way that's overly morbid, but in a way that gently accepts life as beautiful because it is finite.

Author/artist Lucy Knisley does
This rating/review is based on an ARC of this book from the ARC shelf at my job. Yay library!

I love Lucy Knisley! This is her newest travelogue about going on a cruise with her grandparents. An Age of License was all about youth and adventure, and this one was much more serious and pensive. I think the two travelogues make really great companions. Knisley also does a good job of keeping herself in check. I think in the hands of a less thoughtful person, her trip might come off as "ooh look what
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm continuing to work my way through Lucy Knisley's body of work. I just finished her most recent book, Displacement: A Travelogue, and much like An Age of License it was a deliciously quick, fun read with a lot of heart. The other travelogue that she wrote was all about self-discovery as she went on a trip as a (mostly) carefree twenty-something. Displacement was drastically different. In this book, she went on a trip with her elderly grandparents. Her grandfather is incontinent and hard of he ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, evocative, and lovely.

ETA: I hadn't planned to write more, but I don't want to forget why this work had such impact. Watching those you love not only age but also change, even to the point of needing help with basic needs, can be paralyzing, exhausting, and make you want to run away. That the author stepped up to accompany her grandparents on a cruise is remarkable. Seeing what she had to do to protect and care for them, all while showing them sincere respect and trying to preserv
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is an autobiographical graphic novel about a young artist traveling with her elderly grandparents, struggling with taking care of their safety and health as well as understanding and accepting the inevitability and misfortunes of aging.

Maybe it's because I'm too young or have never had similar experiences that I am rating it so low... but no, I don't think so, because my mind was really focused on the presentation of the message. In this book, the main message of the book is obvious, given
David H.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent travelogue comic from Knisley where she goes on a cruise with her grandparents as a caretaker. This one was all in color, and I continue to love her way of illustrating her life. We get to follow her on this cruise as she struggles to contain her own worries and stress while trying to make sure her grandparents have a good time despite the dementia and loss of hearing and worsening eyesight. I really only remember my maternal grandmother, who died ten years ago, though she had ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2015
A really touching memoir about Knisley's cruise with her 90 something grandparents. Each chapter ends with glimpses into her grandfather's WWII memoir to provide insight into the person and into death and war. I guess this one mostly rang true with me because, although I never took a cruise with my WWII generation grandparents, I did watch their demise and also had a glimpse into their lives from memoirs. Like Lucy, I've experienced the feeling of memories, from my childhood grandparents, mixed ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been said that many authors have a harder time writing short stories than novels, and I would think that this would also be the case with the text portions of graphic novels vs traditional novels. Words have to be carefully chosen in shorter pieces.

I was amazed at how much was conveyed in a piece that took me a few hours to read. At times I was amused, and a few pages later I would tear up. Lucy does a great job of describing family relationships, her thoughts on aging and care-taking, and
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Beginning with an love for Archie comics and Calvin and Hobbes, Lucy Knisley (pronounced "nigh-zlee") has always thought of cartooning as the only profession she is suited for. A New York City kid raised by a family of foodies, Lucy is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago currently pursuing an MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies. While completing her BFA at the School of the ...more

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