Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–Every so often a book comes along that surpasses expectations, taking readers on an inspirational voyage that they don't want to leave. This is one such book. Each page is a feast for the eyes with beautiful full-page collages of photographs, watercolors, ink drawings, and text, resulting in a gorgeous volume that explores and encourages writing in a combination of ways. The author challenges readers with philosophical questions to ponder, such as What is an image? Where are they found? Can we remember something we can't imagine? The volume also acts as a workbook that successfully encourages teens to explore their own creativity through writing. In addition, autobiographical glimpses of Barry's journey from childhood to adulthood appear throughout the book. The struggles and obstacles she faces while following her path of becoming an artist and writer allow readers to believe in the possibility of writing themselves. This stunning book will appeal to those teens who are interested in delving into their creativity through words and art. The questions posed and valuable exercises that exist within its pages, along with the illustrations, could also make this book a valuable tool for English and art teachers in the classroom.–Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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Praise for Lynda Barry: “Barry is, underneath the wonky handwriting and the quirky, naïve drawings, a great memoirist . . . Like [Tobias] Wolff and [Dave] Eggers, she finds a tone that accommodates self-criticism and self-irony without tipping over into self-loathing . . . but what she is particularly good at is resonance.” ―"The New York Times" “Barry is not just a storyteller, she’s an evangelist who urges people to pick up a pen―or a brush . . . and look at their own lives with fresh, forgiving eyes.” ―"San Francisco Chronicle" “America’s leading cartoon artist of childhood angst . . . The precise rightness of Barry’s smallest observation puts TV’s "The Wonder Years" to shame.” ―"Entertainment Weekly"See all Editorial Reviews
Just started this book. I love Ms. Barry's work. This and her other book,Syllabus, are both great and have given me many hours of fun and purpose.Published 1 month ago by pat hagedorn
I recommend Lynda Barry to any aspiring writer or artist. Her work is amazing! It was recommended to me by my professor in college. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danielle Prieto
I've become a hard core Lynda Barry fan and this book's for the Life Library. I teach creative writing and use her ideas over and over with my students. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Holly W.S.
I bought this book because I was fortunate enough to see Lynda Barry speak, and her message was so powerful and inspiring. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RG
i bought this for my great granddaughter of 11years old, but can't let it go. Very interesting and cleverly done!Published 4 months ago by Carolee Lavarini
This book arrived very quickly. I'm still not sure if I like it or not. Its very clever in the way it's done. Read morePublished 5 months ago by art lady Jane
The brilliant Lynda Barry, artist and author and my favorite as both, helps the reader to find (well rediscover actually) "what it is" that induces creativity and creation... Read morePublished 6 months ago by drnstvns