Telling his story in a graphic-novel style, the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptCathy L says:
Telling his story in a graphic-novel style, the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive memoir.
'Stitches' by David Small is a fantastic example of good literature in the graphic novel genre. This book is a graphic memoir centered around David's experience with cancer as a young man. What this book is really about is family, independence, and coming of age. This book does well at what is best about graphic novels. Visuals have a way of producing emotional responses in ways that words can't. The loneliness and frustration in this book are palpable. On an artistic note, there are some fantastic visual transitions. If you don't read graphic novels this would be a great introduction to them. If a picture is worth a thousand words 'Stitches' is a massive and powerful tome.
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Edward M. Kennedy was widely regarded as one of the great Senators in the nation's history. In this landmark autobiography, Senator KenneCathy L says:
Edward M. Kennedy was widely regarded as one of the great Senators in the nation's history. In this landmark autobiography, Senator Kennedy spoke with unprecedented candor about his extraordinary life.
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Rhoda Janzen grew up in a conservative Mennonite family in a conservative Mennonite town--and couldn't get out of there fast enough. She gJackie says:
Rhoda Janzen grew up in a conservative Mennonite family in a conservative Mennonite town--and couldn't get out of there fast enough. She got her PhD and became an academic grammarian, teaching undergraduate English and Creative Writing. She married a bi-polar artist, who also happened to be an atheist. At the age of 43 she had a radical hysterectomy and her husband took care of her in a remarkably capable and seemingly loving way. He got a good job (unusual for him) and they bought an expensive lakeside house. Then he left her for a guy he met on Gay.com.
A mere week later, she was hit by a drunk driver, leaving her with many broken bones and other serious injuries. For a few months she toughed it out on her own. But then she took a sabbatical and went home to the Mennonites to heal and rethink her life.
This is a hugely entertaining memoir of a woman who is trying to come to grips with her widely spread life and a comic and very human take on the idea of soul searching among true believers. She finds humor in just about any situation, though she's dealing with some very serious issues and choices. She has a particular talent for what can only be called "snark". She's a very smart woman with a million dollar vocabulary and the ability to write like she's sharing her story with you over a cup of coffee at your kitchen table. There's even a bonus Mennonite History Primer at the end of the book, told with the same sort of humor and reverent irreverence. All in all, this is a very delightful read....more