Auckland Council Libraries: Great graphic memoirs

Great graphic memoirs

These fascinating artists and writers have let us into their lives via their preferred medium - comics.

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Geneviève Castrée

A devastating graphic novel debut by illustrator and cartoonist Geneviève Castrée about the heartbreaking loss of innocence when a child is forced to be the adult amongst grownups.

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Soldier's heart

Carol Tyler

A moving and personal portrait of her father's time during WWII and her parents' early relationship, skillfully interwoven with Tyler's own story.

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David B

With stunning black-and-white illustrations, a noted cartoonist chronicles growing up with an epileptic older brother. The author charts his complicated relationship with his brother and the effects of the illness on the entire family.

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You & a bike & a road

Eleanor Davis

In 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross-country bike tour as it happened. The result is an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.

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Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

Roz Chast

Spanning the last several years of her parents’ lives and told through a mixture of cartoons, family photos, documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief.

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Make me a woman

Vanessa Davis

An autobiographical piecing together of Davis’s short comics and personal diary entries. Her stories, centered on friendships, family and everyday humdrum, deftly share the experience of a woman growing up and the shaping of her identity.

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Are you my mother?

Alison Bechdel

Bechdel delves into the truth and/or consequences behind difficult and complicated parent-child relationships in this poignant look at how we become adults: shedding layers, facing fears, challenging our own behaviours and those of our parents.

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I never liked you

Chester Brown

In one of the best graphic novels published in recent years, Chester Brown tells the story of his alienated youth in an almost detached, understated manner, giving I Never Liked You an eerie, dream-like quality.

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Perfect example

John Porcellino

A portrayal of teenage alienation that rejoices in simple things and avoids sensationalism and irony. Roadtrips, drunken concerts, and late-night make-out sessions all swirl together in this beautiful, sad story.

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Drawn together

Aline Kominsky-Crumb

The foremost male-female cartooning couple recall their success at shocking America, the birth of their daughter Sophie, and their move to the safe haven of France in a graphic cause-célèbre and a must-read for any comics devotee.

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American elf

James Kochalka

A compilation of the first five years of Kochalka's ground-breaking daily diary comic strip. From hilarious to sad, from poetic to drunken, these strips are an intimate portrait of the life of one of America's most important alternative cartoonists.

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