By: Lucy Knisley
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Copyright Date: 2000
Number of Pages: 188
Format: graphic novel, nonfiction, travelogue
Reason for Reading: I ❤ France
Before I had a book blog, I sporadically wrote about books on my personal blog. From time to time, I like to share here some of my favorite books I’ve read during the last three years. I originally read this book last June. It was a charming and endearing read. Not only did I love the photographs and the drawings, I related to Lucy’s personal crisis. I earned an art degree, and I have to admit that there were moments where I feared I’d become a bag lady too.
Lucy Knisley spent five weeks in Paris with her mother at the beginning of 2007. They rented an apartment in the fifth arrondissement and experienced the joys of Paris living. They checked out the shops, frequented their local market for fresh foodstuffs, enjoyed the local restaurants while also braving the lines at the tourist attractions. They took in many a museum, checked out comic shops, and the famous Shakespeare and Co. bookshop.
Amidst their Paris adventure, Lucy is plagued by doubts of the future.She is an art student on the verge of graduating. She worries whether she will become a bag lady or not. Is her art good enough? Will she be able to get a job?
The book is a collection of Lucy’s drawings and writings interspersed with photos she took during her trip. It is a completely charming and lovely book. Her illustrations are comical, her writing direct and honest. She has a flair for wrapping everything in humor. I love the way she draws expressions. They really jump out and convey so much more than words can.
This book was a pure delight and brought back memories of my own adventures in Paris, and France in general. Lucy and I saw many of the same things, yet there were plenty of adventures we did not share. I loved seeing Paris through her eyes, especially amidst her personal crisis. Her pictures had an old-timey vintage feel to them that I adore.
I’m sure I will revisit this book many times. It is a book I will savor. I think you will appreciate this gem of a book if you like travelogues and/or quirky books, have been to France or would like to go to France.