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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride Paperback – May 3, 2016
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About the Author
Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, tells the story of her childhood steeped in the food industry. It was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into five languages. Her travelogues (French Milk, An Age of License, and Displacement) and web comic series (Stop Paying Attention) have been lauded by critics, and her combined work has built her a devoted readership for her honest and thoughtful true-life stories. Her recent graphic memoirs include Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. She lives and works in Chicago, with her new husband.
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From the charm-filled and entertaining while still sparse and visually clean design of the front and back covers alone, I knew I was in for a treat. From the online buzz approaching the release of Something New, I knew I was in for a thoughtful, personal, and well-researched look at the parallel universe a modern bride-to-be finds herself in the moment she is engaged. But what I didn't expect while reading this book as a married woman was the overwhelming sense that Knisley got it, and the strongest desire that I'd had this volume in my hands to provide both preparation and commiseration as the big day approached.
Knisley depicted, through endearing illustrations and bewildered narration, much of the confusion, frustration, struggle for self identity, financial headaches, overemotional conversations, and sudden attacks of DIY panic that only a sister-in-arms could truly understand. I, too, reached my wedding day exhausted, tired of being told what to want by people who stood to make tons of money off of those falsely-implanted desires, hopeful that the day of which I had crafted and selected so many small details would come to fruition with the most meaning and enjoyment possible, and disgusted by much of the sexist pageantry and arcane tradition in which even modern weddings are steeped.
So, if you've ever been a bride up at 3am lamenting your botched plan to letterpress your own invitations on a second-rate plastic letterpress you purchased on clearance at the craft store in what can only be deemed a severe lapse in mental stability, drop the ink brayer and pick up Something New. (Yes, that really happened to me, only Something New hadn't been published yet, so I had to settle for a soothing game of Tetris. For the record, I also thought I would make my own birdcage veil and fascinator because I'm crafty and didn't want to spend tons of money, and I couldn't find anything that fit what I wanted. The fascinator turned out amazingly well, but my first three attempts at the veil were so wonky that even my budget-conscious Mom lobbied to purchase one at the last minute so my face wouldn't look deformed in pictures.)
Something New by Lucy Knisley is a refreshing look at something old, and I can't urge you enough to check it out! It left me pumped to read New Kid when it comes out next year, and curious about Knisley's previous books.
I look forward to more of her future work; it's truly a gift.
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Can't wait for her next book to come out!