Category Archives: Auto-Biography

Drinking at the Movies by: Julia Wertz

Drinking at the Movies

It has been a few weeks since I read this graphic novel and I am sorry to say that I can’t remember anything about it.  It was not memorable in any way.  I think while I was reading it , I was just trying to get through it.

I am struggling with finding graphic novels that I enjoy.  Maybe this genre isn’t for me but I will keep trying to see if anything clicks.

Any suggestions?

I gave this book 1 crown.

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Nowhere to Lay My Head by: Craig Daliessio

Nowhere to Lay My Head

Craig suffered a major blow to his life when the economy collapsed in 2008.  He lost everything; his job, his house, his ability to truly care for his daughter…gone.  He lived in his car for 6 years trying to get some version of his life back.  He didn’t move to another state because he wanted to be close to his daughter.  He needed to be a phone call and a short drive away.

I thought Craig’s story was a sad one.  I can’t imagine not having a place to sleep at night.  What I didn’t like was the political rage that was exhibited in this book.  I am not saying that I was a supporter of the Obama presidency but I was a bit surprised at the blatant resentment shown.  I get that Craig was hurt by the policies and procedures of those terms but I didn’t really want to hear about it.  I was also angered about the way he spoke of government assistance programs.  They were designed to be used in situations like his.  I do not believe that if he accept support that he would become lazy and not continue on his path to a better life.  Yes, the system itself is a mess and it allows for people to take advantage of it.  However, for those who honestly need it, it is a blessing.

What this book needed was a good editor.  There were many parts of this book that were repeated and revisited using the same words.  I was wondering if I had flipped back in the book accidentally.  I found a lot of grammatical errors and that just made me feel as if this was rushed to publication.

All in all, I understand the therapeutic process of writing about these years.  Craig did suffer and his daughter did as well.  I just had a hard time relating some of the decisions that were made.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Give a Girl a Knife by: Amy Thielen

Give a Girl a Knife

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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by: Lucy Knisley

Something New

I am still not into graphic novels like a lot of readers are.  However, I love Lucy Knisley’s writing and drawing style.  This is her latest book and it takes us through the year of prepping for her wedding day.

There is a lot DIY-ing and momzilla of the bride moments from this book and it was hilarious.  Her illustrations and coloring are incredible and a pleasure to look at.  I have read a majority of her work and have enjoyed it all.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The only I graphic novel I enjoyed was Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley.  Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

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Heat by: Bill Buford

Heat

Have you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes of a “celebrity” chef’s kitchen?  In this book, Bill takes us to Babbo, a NYC restaurant owned and operated by Mario Batali.  Although, I am not too sure as to how this came about, Bill winds up working in Mario’s kitchen, starting from the bottom and sweating his way through the different stations.  Along the way, he has the opportunity to travel to Italy and learn different techniques and butchering methods.

The story itself was good but it was very wordy.  This book is huge and each page is filled with smallish font.  I did listen to the majority of this book on audio and that kept me from giving up.  I think that if I read it from start to finish, I may not have made it.  This was part memoir, part gossipy, part travelogue, part foodie fascination.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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A Year in the World by: Frances Mayes

A Year in the World

I love Frances Mayes writing style.  It is no secret that I loved Under the Tuscan Sun and this was just as good.  She has such a way with worlds.  I was able to visualize what she saw and taste what she ate.

This is a travelogue of her trip with her husband that lasted a year.  The visited many countries and were able to learn and experience so much form the native people.  I loved that this book had a mix of locations and foods.  It brought the book to life.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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I Feel Bad. All Day. Every Day. About Everything. by: Orli Auslander

I Feel Bad

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