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French Milk by Lucy Knisley
French Milk

ChristySS, April 23, 2009

This is a short, fun, “drawn journal” of Knisley’s month living in Paris with her Mother to celebrate their respective 50th and 22nd birthdays.

The book makes you like Lucy Knisley, and want to be in Paris with her and her Mom, but I would have liked more of her heart and thoughts, less of what she bought and ate every day. It turned into a bit of a hit list of Paris museums, neighborhoods, and cliches (Smoking? Check. Baguette, wine, cheese? Check, check, check. Shopping, yes, check again). These are things I would write in my journal to remember my personal travels, yes, but simply listing them (in graphic format) does not a story make.

Also: there was no climax, little conflict or struggle, even internal, let alone ending resolution to speak of… Which no, doesn’t always happen in life, but hey: I like a little structure and meaning in my reading (and in writing my own travels, no matter how trivial).

Knisley’s website, LucyKnisley.com (fabulous), made me want to read more of her comics and keep track of where she goes from here. It also made me hope she is challenged to further greatness (which she is obviously capable of) in her next book.
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