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You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds Paperback – March 7, 2017
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About the Author
JENNY LAWSON, The Bloggess, is an award-winning humor writer known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with depression and mental illness. Her two memoirs, Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is some profanity, which doesn't bother me, but I mention it in case it is an issue with some.
The designs are outstanding. It's wonderful that such a talented writer can express herself so beautifully in drawings as well. The subjects of the designs are all over the place and are quite detailed with some having a heavy use of black ink.
This is definitely the coloring book that I will keep at my side for a while to come. There is just so much to color and to read that it demands attention. I'm very happy to own it and plan on buying a copy for each of my daughters.
This is what I saw while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium.
160 pages with stories, life lessons, and fantastic coloring pages
The designs are printed on mostly one side of page (some are back to back)
Paper is mostly white (some color pages), heavy weight, slightly rough and has perforated pages.
Glue Binding but with perforated pages so removing a page is fairly simple.
The designs stop well before the perforations
Alcohol-based markers bleed through this paper. If you use these with back to back page designs, the ink will ruin the design on the back of the page. For designs printed on one side of the page, I suggest either removing pages from the book to color or using a blotter page under your working page. I like card stock as it keeps ink from seeping through and damaging the pages below.
Water-based markers, gel pens and India ink pens leave shadows of color on the back of the page but do not bleed through the paper.
Coloring pencils work well with this paper. I was able to get good color, layer the same color and multiple colors and blend easily using a pencil style blender. I tested both oil and wax-based pencils with similar results.
Second, I'm not going to make this a numbered "list" review. That ends now. (Sorry, number people.)
If you're familiar with Jenny Lawson's two previous books, you already know what you're in for with You Are Here. You know it's going to be defined by a compelling strangeness that embraces your own strangeness as "perfectly normal." You know it's going to be both blunt and sharp, concise and rambling, confident and uncertain, and many other paradoxical pairings. Because Jenny is all those things. And with You Are Here, she is once again sharing herself with you, fearlessly.
Except that's not quite true. She's just as afraid as you are. She just happens to have a wide, wild group of misfits surrounding her with love, weaving themselves together into a kind of human safety net that gives her the strength to publicly share her unfiltered, well-worn truth (this time, in words and pictures).
If you're looking for a coloring book with butterflies you can color to subtly remind you just how inadequate you are compared to nature's own coloring game, this isn't a book for you. Jenny’s drawings are abstract, dreamlike. They’re lovely and twisty and turny and patterny and wistfuly [just go with it, Spellcheck] – the kind of doodles that are born at the intersection of beautiful and broken. And so are the accompanying encouraging words, whether written in Jenny’s familiar stream-of-consciousness style, or succinctly, as when she writes, “This is a safe place. Stay a while. You are welcome.”
By the way, that’s not “You’re welcome,” as in “glad I could do this for you,” but “You are welcome,” as in “come on in, stay a while, have some cookies, pet the cats, let’s watch Dr. Who together.” You see, that’s the magic of Jenny's writing (and now her drawing, too) - it welcomes you. I mean, yeah, she sometimes talks about stabbing things. But it’s a welcoming kind of stabby. And who doesn’t prefer that kind of stabby?
Come for the pictures, stay for the words. Or come for the words, stay for the pictures. Then buy a copy for that friend you know who could use a little more “welcoming.” She’ll thank you. Then you’ll say “you’re welcome.” And then she’ll probably feel compelled to say “thank you” again. This could go on for days. You might want to plan for that. Bring snacks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The quotes are funny, moving, and real. The drawings are beautiful and inspiring, I can't wait to color them.
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