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ISBN13: 9780393338966
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One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die.

In Stitches, Small, the award-winning children’s illustrator and author, re-creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David—a highly anxious yet supremely talented child—all too often became the unwitting object of his parents’ buried frustration and rage.

Believing that they were trying to do their best, David’s parents did just the reverse. Edward Small, a Detroit physician, who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son’s respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David’s cancer. Elizabeth, David’s mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hidden.

Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen—with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist—will resonate as the ultimate survival statement.

A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitchesrenders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again. Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award (Young Adult); finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (Best Writer/Artist: Nonfiction; Best Reality-Based Work).

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The #1 bestseller and National Book Award finalist that "breaks new ground for graphic novels" (Francois Mouly, art editor, ).

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This striking, full-color graphic novel follows Ichiro as he moves from New York to Japan where a shapeshifting tanuki brings him on a fantastic adventure into the mythological world of Japanese gods.and#160; This journey brings him closer to his Japanese roots, and to understanding the nature of good and evil, war and peace, gods and men.

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Barry Lyga writes a metafictive masterpiece with art by multi-Eisner Award-winner Colleen Doran. Together theyand#160;combine manga techniques and conventions with Western comic book storytelling to create a unique seamless comic hybrid. Ryoko, a character from the word of manga, falls hardand#8212;through the Ripand#160;into the "real" world and in love with the most beautiful girl in a typical American high school.

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and#8220;Fantasticand#8212;in every sense of the word! . . .and#160;Fans of both comics and manga will love Mangaman.and#8221; and#8212;Jeff Smith, author of Bone

When Ryoko Kiyami, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the and#8220;realand#8221; Western world, he must learn to survive as an outsider at a typical American high school. He must find a way back through the Rip to his manga world, but things tangle up when he develops and#8220;hearts for eyesand#8221; for a beautiful girl from the wrong kind of comic book. This metafictive masterpiece blends manga and traditional Western comic book styles to create a complex comic hybrid thatand#8217;s both hilarious and heartbreaking.

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Ichiro lives in New York City with his Japanese mother. His father, an American soldier, was killed in Iraq. Now, Ichiand#8217;s mom has decided they should move back to Japan to live with Ichiand#8217;s grandfather.

and#160;and#160;and#160;Grandfather becomes Ichiand#8217;s tour guide, taking him to temples as well as the Hiroshima Peace Park, where Ichi starts to question the nature of war. After a supernatural encounter with the gods and creatures of Japanese mythology, Ichi must face his fears if he is to get back home. In doing so, he learns about the nature of man, of gods, and of war. He also learns there are no easy answersand#8212;for gods or men.

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David Small is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, the Christopher Medal, and the E. B. White Award for his picture books, which include Imogene's Antlers, The Gardener, and So, You Want to Be President? He and his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, live in Michigan.

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mulliner, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by mulliner)
I read it in one sitting, and then read it again. It sounds wrong to say 'graphic memoir', but that's what this is. He's made a career doing award-winning illustrations for other people's stories. Turning to his own childhood, he lets the art tell most of the story, but uses words just so. It's as close to watching a movie while holding a book that I've ever come.

His childhood was not a happy one, but it's not that he's abandoned, or beaten. He's in a home with two parents, but there's little love or nurturing. This does not endear his parents to the reader, but you do feel a trickle of compassion for his mother after you meet her mother. The only time I recall his mother seeming protective of him was when she returned after leaving him alone with her mother, and realized that was a mistake.

I liked this comment by Jules Feiffer: "From its first line four pages in, 'Mama had her little cough,' we know that we are in the hands of a master."
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SandyPP, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
what's that growing on David? Will anyone pay attention? One of your heavier graphic novels, this memoir is both moving and astonishing. If you thought you had the most dysfunctional family around, move over.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393338966
Author:
Small, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Lyga, Barry
Author:
Doran, Colleen
Author:
Inzana, Ryan
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Manga;comics;comic books;sci-fi;romance;high school;fantasy;humor;ages 12 and up
Subject:
graphic novel;Japanese mythology;Japanese culture;Japanese-American;legends;New
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 1 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 288 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393338966 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The #1 bestseller and National Book Award finalist that "breaks new ground for graphic novels" (Francois Mouly, art editor, ).
"Synopsis" by ,
This striking, full-color graphic novel follows Ichiro as he moves from New York to Japan where a shapeshifting tanuki brings him on a fantastic adventure into the mythological world of Japanese gods.and#160; This journey brings him closer to his Japanese roots, and to understanding the nature of good and evil, war and peace, gods and men.
"Synopsis" by ,
Barry Lyga writes a metafictive masterpiece with art by multi-Eisner Award-winner Colleen Doran. Together theyand#160;combine manga techniques and conventions with Western comic book storytelling to create a unique seamless comic hybrid. Ryoko, a character from the word of manga, falls hardand#8212;through the Ripand#160;into the "real" world and in love with the most beautiful girl in a typical American high school.
"Synopsis" by , and#8220;Fantasticand#8212;in every sense of the word! . . .and#160;Fans of both comics and manga will love Mangaman.and#8221; and#8212;Jeff Smith, author of Bone

When Ryoko Kiyami, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the and#8220;realand#8221; Western world, he must learn to survive as an outsider at a typical American high school. He must find a way back through the Rip to his manga world, but things tangle up when he develops and#8220;hearts for eyesand#8221; for a beautiful girl from the wrong kind of comic book. This metafictive masterpiece blends manga and traditional Western comic book styles to create a complex comic hybrid thatand#8217;s both hilarious and heartbreaking.

"Synopsis" by , Ichiro lives in New York City with his Japanese mother. His father, an American soldier, was killed in Iraq. Now, Ichiand#8217;s mom has decided they should move back to Japan to live with Ichiand#8217;s grandfather.

and#160;and#160;and#160;Grandfather becomes Ichiand#8217;s tour guide, taking him to temples as well as the Hiroshima Peace Park, where Ichi starts to question the nature of war. After a supernatural encounter with the gods and creatures of Japanese mythology, Ichi must face his fears if he is to get back home. In doing so, he learns about the nature of man, of gods, and of war. He also learns there are no easy answersand#8212;for gods or men.

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