Something New

Something New

Tales From A Makeshift Bride

Graphic Novel - 2016 | First edition
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"In this hilarious and moving new memoir, Knisley--a working artist skeptical of the very institution of marriage--rolls up her sleeves and gets to work putting her personal artistic stamp on a tradition almost as old as humanity itself. From the venue (building a barn) to the reception (constructing a phone booth) to her wedding dress (sewing her own veil), Knisley channels her artist's ingenuity into every element of the wedding planning process, finally emerging from the creative chaos to stand, certain and joyful, at the altar with the man she loves"--Front cover flap.
Contents: part 1. The boy
part 2. The bride
part 3. The puff, the place, the plate, and the playlist
part 4. The pretty
part 5. The big day
Married life goes on
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: 741.59 K PBK
Characteristics: 291 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781626722491


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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

I love graphic memoirs and read this wonderful one by Knisley just after I myself got married, so it was all the more relatable. Her charming, colorful, and cartoony illustrations coupled with an engaging and amusing writing style really appealed to me. A story about someone else’s ambitious, personal, DIY wedding has never been so much fun.

Aug 16, 2018

This was cute and put me in the mood to get married :')

May 28, 2018

I generally like Lucy Knisley’s graphic novels, but Something New did not engage me. It might be that I expected more irreverence. It Just seemed like someone trying too hard to be original and falling into the bridal Bataan Death March. Love and commitment is a wonderful thing for people to celebrate, but looking at other people’s wedding pictures is rarely an exciting experience. Reading the book felt like looking at the bridal photos of someone you don’t know very well.

JCLStefanieE Apr 18, 2018

I adore Lucy Knisley. She has the perfect combination of sweet and sass and realness. The perfect book for anyone who is or was a bride-to-be complete with bright illustrations which amplify her charmingly relatable humor.

StratfordLibrary Mar 05, 2018

2018 Blind Date with a Book Comment: "I wouldn't have thought a graphic novel could be so enjoyable!"

ArapahoeKati Jan 22, 2018

I loved how this was a mostly light but honest look at relationships and why people go crazy about having the "perfect" wedding. I read it in a single day, charmed by Lucy and her illustrations.

Dec 31, 2017

In this memoir, geeky artist Lucy gets married! She describes her relationship with her boyfriend, her parents, and all the secret wedding details.

samcmar Jun 17, 2017

I've read all of Lucy Knisley's memoirs of travelogues, but this was the one I think I connected with the most. A lot of the stories she was sharing in this graphic novel about the perils of engagement and the different mentalities people have about marriage really struck a chord with me. Getting engaged is one of the weirdest experiences I think a person can have, especially because it's something that feels so surreal at first glance.

Knisley captures a lot of the jitters, confusion and crazy that comes with being a newly engaged individual and I loved her honesty. She walks the reader through her engagement, the reactions from friends and family, the process of trying to plan a wedding on a budget, and sticking with the budget. There's so much anxiety that comes with the planning of a wedding, and she makes no bones about it either. I remember talking with my own spouse when we were engaged about how we wanted our wedding, the dos and don'ts from other weddings we had been forced to attend, and the realities of how much we wanted to spend and what we wanted our guests to experience.

I really loved Something New, and I think it will speak to a variety of readers: singletons, newly weds, those who have been married for awhile... I think each person would get something different from the experiences that Knisley shares with her readers. Plus, as always, Knisley's artwork is lovely to look at, and it captures such a rawness that comes with all the heavy topics she is discussing. Her latest release is definitely something to enjoy if you've never experienced her works!

bandblair May 23, 2017

I found this very relatable. Art is very cute too.

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 30, 2017

I just really love Lucy's graphic memoirs - her art, her humor, and how they are actually a useful tool (Relish with recipes, and Something New with tips for planning a wedding). I would maybe even give this to a bride planning her wedding - although parts of it just might stress them out.

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