love Lucy Knisley. It is no secret. Her new book, Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride is a delight, is gorgeous, and is something you should've pre-ordered, but if you didn't just go buy it now.
Dislaiming: I totally snatched this up from the publisher when I saw it go up on Netgalley.
Knisley, quite the do-it-yourselfer, sets out to DIY the greatest DIY wedding ever. Much like her food memoir, Relish, this graphic novel is full of humor and heart, plenty of screw-ups, and downright outlandish shenanigans. I mean, she helps build a barn for goodness sake.
But it's not all quips and trips. I really admired Knisley for tackling some big issues in this book: the cult of wedding culture, sexuality and cultural expectations outside of binaries, consumerism. Big stuff.
This memoir made me smile, made me do a jig, and made me do the old oooh-aaaahhh at the gorgeous art. I must have it to hold in my hands because First Second, the publisher of this one, always does it right with beautiful, high quality books.
I followed along in the days leading up to Knisley's 's wedding on Instagram, and now she's expecting a baby and sketching and photographing that journey as well. I definitely can't wait for that memoir, too.
First Second, May 3, 2016