Friday, June 30, 2017

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride

Something Blue: Tales from a Makeshift Bride
By Lucy Knisley
First Second, 2016. 292 pages. Graphic Novel, Biography.

Graphic novelist Lucy Knisley opens a window to her life for us once again, this time as she navigates the minefield of planning her own wedding. A simple celebration of love with her friends and family sounds easy enough to put together in a year, right? Easier said than done, turns out. Wedding planning is fraught with of cultural, familial, and commercial expectations, and sifting through it all is a bigger job than the the author and her groom-to-be realized. Lucy shares it all, from proposal to wedding day - and all the bumps in between - with her relatable, honest humor.

 As a fan of Knisley's past work, I was pretty keen on reading this book. While I'm not married or anywhere near becoming engaged, I've been a part of several weddings so I had no trouble giggling or cringing along to these hilarious anecdotes. It's easy to relate to Knisley's tales thanks to her easy-going and accessible storytelling, and her quest to create a meaningful wedding focused on her marriage, not just the party, will resonate with Utah brides/bridegrooms past and present. If you're new to Knisley's work, she loves food (check out her book Relish: My Life in the Kitchen) and as one of the between-chapter interludes she includes a recipe for poutine (fries with cheese and gravy). PS. It's delicious.


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