August 21st, 2010
When author and artist Lucy Knisley was turning 22, she and her mother took a month-long vacation to Paris, living in a rented apartment, eating at cafes, shopping, and generally exploring the city and doing the things that Americans in Paris do. This graphic novel travelogue recounts the trip and Lucy’s feelings about her experience. A young woman at the time, she had a young woman’s concerns—college, boyfriend, future, evolving relationships with parents—but also an artist’s background, sensibilities, and eye for detail and layers of meaning. Her drawings from the trip range from simple and cartoonish to far more detailed and nuanced, and are interspersed with black and white photographs. A travel journal first and foremost, “French Milk” will surely make the reader long for croissants and café au lait in the city of lights.
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