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Stitches A Memoir

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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 throat cancer and. If it were up to me all biographies and memoirs would be written in graphic novel form Fun Home A Family Tragicomic The Complete Maus The Complete Persepolis Blankets ; these are all near perfect expressions of personal and familial experience The power of imagery saves the subject matter from being bogged down by the excessively wordy self justifying tendencies of some and the obliue pseudo poetic drivel of others The best graphic novel memoirs and biographies seem to combat these tendencies by utilizing a profound economy made possible by the the concentrated effect of the visual Everyone knows the old truism “a picture is worth a thousand words” but books like these show you what it really means to tell a story visually Stitches is perhaps one of the best examples of this even compared to the aforementioned masterpieces of the genre Spare is the keyword here as simple and often entirely silent series of panels tell a heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive coming of age storyChildhood is a bizarre and dangerous time; so much of who we are is the result of those formative years and so much can go wrong Some of us get lucky and we enter adulthood with nothing but a few minor scrapes and mental bruises mitigated by affection and happy memories But some of us are like David Small and we are scarredA bleak childhood and the uestionable practices of 1950’s medicine including the ministrations of Small’s radiologist father leave Small scarred inside as well as out The story is not a pleasant one and there is no real humor to lighten the burden of disclosure but it is told with such subtle beauty that it is worth the pain like life itself often proves to be I apologize at this maudlin tendency but there it isSilence both literal and metaphorical is the tool most often and effectively used by Small as he relates his traumatic and disturbing youth Rendered voiceless for years by a mysterious medical procedure he understands the power and difficulty of silence His family doesn’t communicate— typical of their repressive time—and even with a voice Small is rarely heard Perhaps it is this lack of voice that gives him the ability to encapsulate a swathe of years in a few lines and the subtle shading of a face He is definitely a master of facial expressions if not of vocalizationThere are moments of if not joy then understanding from time to time And there are some truly disturbing events as well view spoiler When your father gives you cancer your mother is a secret lesbian and your grandmother is a homicidal lunatic what hope do you have of normalcy hide spoiler

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Was expected to die Small a prize winning children’s author recreates a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim subjected to X rays by his radiologist father and scolded by his withholding and tormented. book #6 for Jugs Capes Holy motherfuck this book is intense It's a real fast read despite its intimidating heft And it's just terribly devastating—powerful and aching and sparse and horribly beautiful and oh also did I mention that it's terribly devastating I mean not devastating in an irredeemable way like those maudlin mass market bestsellers where everyone dies slowly tragically while staring meaningfully into their loved ones' eyes and gently speaking words of unbearably sad and corny wisdom you can tell how many of those books I've actually read right No Stitches is devastating in a harrowing can't look away from the car accident way It's this insane extended snapshot of a SERIOUSLY fucked up family done in an illuminating fascinating and ultimately kind of a little bit slightly maybe sort of hopeful way What I'm saying basically is that it will leave you shaky and reeling and gasping for breath and so so invigorated by the journey An Alpha's Trust imagined by Kafka Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim subjected to X rays by his radiologist father and scolded by his withholding and tormented. book #6 for Jugs Capes Holy motherfuck this book Yahweh's Wife: Sex in the Evolution of Monotheism : A Study of Yahweh, Asherah, Ritual Sodomy and Temple Prostitution (Woman in History) is The Love Child's Mother intense It's a real fast read despite Shrouded Memory its The Gypsy's Song (Destiny's Consent) intimidating heft And Titanic Lessons for It Projects it's just terribly devastating—powerful and aching and sparse and horribly beautiful and oh also did I mention that Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed: Texts Translated and Edited with Introductions it's terribly devastating I mean not devastating Dragon Age (Dragon Age 1) in an Origins Rising irredeemable way like those maudlin mass market bestsellers where everyone dies slowly tragically while staring meaningfully Keteknikan Videografi: Membuat Film Pendek dan Video Iklan untuk SMK Semester 1 into their loved ones' eyes and gently speaking words of unbearably sad and corny wisdom you can tell how many of those books I've actually read right No Stitches Beware a Scots Revenge (School for Heiresses, is devastating Humor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom in a harrowing can't look away from the car accident way It's this The Dewdrops ... a journey begins insane extended snapshot of a SERIOUSLY fucked up family done The Dewdrops ... a journey begins in an Bußpredigt: Ein Krimi aus dem Bayerischen Wald illuminating fascinating and ultimately kind of a little bit slightly maybe sort of hopeful way What I'm saying basically Gëzofi folës dhe Luka i vogël is that Two Wheels and a Map it will leave you shaky and reeling and gasping for breath and so so Two Wheels and a Map invigorated by the journey

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Mother to his decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing than dreams of becoming an artist Recalling Running with Scissors with its ability to evoke the trauma of a childhood lost Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers alike with its deeply liberating visio. This book was an interesting graphic novel There weren't many words so I got through it very fast I enjoyed his picture la and the fact that this was a memoir He had a very hard lifeHowever I struggled with the transitions between fantasy and his dreams and reality and the true story This left me at many times confused and that is why I only gave the book 3 stars


10 thoughts on “Stitches A Memoir

  1. says:

    Mama had her little coughOnce or twice some uiet sobbing out of sightOr the slamming of kitchen doors That was her language Dad home from work went down to the basement and thumped a punching bag That was his language My brother Ted beat on his drum And I too had learned a way of expressing myself wordlesslyGetting sick that was my languageStitches is a poignant sometimes tragicomic memoir of David Small best known as the author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children Through this emotional and cathartic graphic memoir David takes the reader back to his childhood in Detroit which was not a happy one Dad never there except occasionally for one of mother's dry burned little meals ; mother coiled tight inside her shell of angry resentful silence ; my brother in his and I in mineWhen David was eleven a friend of his mother noticed that he had a growth in his neck It took his uncaring and egotistical parents who had other priorities than three years before they decided to let the 'cyst' surgically remove The conseuences were devastating for David but nevertheless at home everything stayed the same Needless to say that the indifferent hostile attitude of his parents left deep scars possibly even deeper than the stitches on his throat David became a resentful teenager and at the age of fifteen he was sent home from his school with the advice to seek psychiatric help This is a very accomplished graphic memoir ; a small masterpiece even The art is gorgeous and highly creative in conveying David's vulnerability emotions and the pain inflicted on him by his oppressive uncaring parents David never learned to speak his mind at home This book shows that he nevertheless found his voice Beautiful unforgettable and highly recommended


  2. says:

    My Goodness Horrendously cruel and unloving parents a nasty grandma lies and a shocking surprise lead to a nightmare of a memoir and rather disturbing but powerful work of graphic artSTITCHES is aptly named with creepy book cover and illustrations to match dipicting a horror of a family and a sad child turned troubled teen When you have no voice you don't exist Interesting and unusual medical reveal about David's mother at the conclusion


  3. says:

    If it were up to me all biographies and memoirs would be written in graphic novel form Fun Home A Family Tragicomic The Complete Maus The Complete Persepolis Blankets ; these are all near perfect expressions of personal and familial experience The power of imagery saves the subject matter from being bogged down by the excessively wordy self justifying tendencies of some and the obliue pseudo poetic drivel of others The best graphic novel memoirs and biographies seem to combat these tendencies by utilizing a profound economy made possible by the the concentrated effect of the visual Everyone knows the old truism “a picture is worth a thousand words” but books like these show you what it really means to tell a story visually Stitches is perhaps one of the best examples of this even compared to the aforementioned masterpieces of the genre Spare is the keyword here as simple and often entirely silent series of panels tell a heartbreaking but ultimately redemptive coming of age storyChildhood is a bizarre and dangerous time; so much of who we are is the result of those formative years and so much can go wrong Some of us get lucky and we enter adulthood with nothing but a few minor scrapes and mental bruises mitigated by affection and happy memories But some of us are like David Small and we are scarredA bleak childhood and the uestionable practices of 1950’s medicine including the ministrations of Small’s radiologist father leave Small scarred inside as well as out The story is not a pleasant one and there is no real humor to lighten the burden of disclosure but it is told with such subtle beauty that it is worth the pain like life itself often proves to be I apologize at this maudlin tendency but there it isSilence both literal and metaphorical is the tool most often and effectively used by Small as he relates his traumatic and disturbing youth Rendered voiceless for years by a mysterious medical procedure he understands the power and difficulty of silence His family doesn’t communicate— typical of their repressive time—and even with a voice Small is rarely heard Perhaps it is this lack of voice that gives him the ability to encapsulate a swathe of years in a few lines and the subtle shading of a face He is definitely a master of facial expressions if not of vocalizationThere are moments of if not joy then understanding from time to time And there are some truly disturbing events as well view spoiler When your father gives you cancer your mother is a secret lesbian and your grandmother is a homicidal lunatic what hope do you have of normalcy? hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Not sure how David Small's Stitches passed me by when originally published back in 2009 I guess there are just too many fascinating comics coming out these days for me to keep up Luckily a few days ago I came across the title in a GR list of comic book memoirs and finally ordered it from the library what a revelation Told in a sparse and subtle yet fluid and emotionally charged style Small's coming of age memoir is as devastating as it is cathartic the kind of book that stays with you long after you put it down I don't think I have ever seen a accurate or convincing depiction of the vulnerability of childhood in comic book form


  5. says:

    Wow David Small’s graphic novel Stitches is unlike any graphic novel book I have ever read There are no zombies no superheroes and no arcane or occult subjects at all and yet my jaw dropped than once It took me about an hour to get to the end and it was riveting This reminds me of what a storyboard for an Augusten Burroughs film might look like Very much worth the very minimal investment in time to experience


  6. says:

    book #6 for Jugs Capes Holy motherfuck this book is intense It's a real fast read despite its intimidating heft And it's just terribly devastating—powerful and aching and sparse and horribly beautiful and oh also did I mention that it's terribly devastating? I mean not devastating in an irredeemable way like those maudlin mass market bestsellers where everyone dies slowly tragically while staring meaningfully into their loved ones' eyes and gently speaking words of unbearably sad and corny wisdom you can tell how many of those books I've actually read right? No Stitches is devastating in a harrowing can't look away from the car accident way It's this insane extended snapshot of a SERIOUSLY fucked up family done in an illuminating fascinating and ultimately kind of a little bit slightly maybe sort of hopeful way What I'm saying basically is that it will leave you shaky and reeling and gasping for breath and so so invigorated by the journey


  7. says:

    This book was an interesting graphic novel There weren't many words so I got through it very fast I enjoyed his picture la and the fact that this was a memoir He had a very hard lifeHowever I struggled with the transitions between fantasy and his dreams and reality and the true story This left me at many times confused and that is why I only gave the book 3 stars


  8. says:

    This is officially my favorite graphic memoir Loved it so much


  9. says:

    David Small's childhood wasn't a happy one His mother was cold emotionless and brutal toward him His father was distant and barely spoke to him His brother was around but just barely Nobody spoke to one another Then we find out about their tormented inner lives His mother was a closet homosexual while his father was numbed by the knowledge that he had given David cancer through x rays His grandmother was an insane person who tried to murder her husband by burning the house down and his great grandfather tried to kill himself by drinking Drano Due to the x rays his father shot at him when he was born David developed a tumour on his throat which led to cancer and after two operations left him with one vocal chord making speaking an enormous task Similar to Alison Bechdel's Fun Home a few years ago David Small's Stitches tells the story of a family and their secrets of pain of triumph and human relationships and of hope The drawing style reminded me of Will Eisner's Small draws without panels and the drawings and words swirl together and spill over onto other pages However Small has enough of a style to call his own The drawings in this book are incredible Flicking back through the book there's something on every page that's extraordinary The ones that stand out are the expressions of emotion David finding a kind fatherly figure in a psychiatrist depicted as the White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll's Alice books and crying The seuence of tears covers several pages and is beautiful Similarly the one page depiction of a now voiceless David expressing his inner frustration toward his parents a screaming mouth within a mouth within a mouth ad infinitum is very powerful There's so much to recommend this book the amazing art the storytelling ability and the power of the story if you're a fan of comics you will love this Even if you're not a big reader of comics there's a lot here to appreciate and like It's a tremendous achievement


  10. says:

    I am not going to tell you anything about this book I'm sure you're thinking that's an odd way to begin a review but that's how I went into this book and it worked for me I was doing an interview with Booklist last weekend and I asked the interviewer what he thought was the graphic novel of the year so far Without even having to consider he said STITCHES My publicist picked an advanced review copy up for me at ALA and I am thrilled that she did I didn't know anything about it except that it was a memoir written as a graphic novel and that it was supposed to be fabulous which makes me naturally mistrustful of course I didn't even read the back just opened it up in the airport and fell in So I won't tell you what this book is about I will tell you this David Small shines in illustrating the small details that make people real This is a fairly dark book but there were parts were I laughed out loud at Small's cunning characterizations If you read other reviews you'll see they call the style cinematic and stunning and it's both of those things It's also whimsical sad and ultimately uplifting It has possibly the best final line of any book I've read Definitely one I'll be buying in hardcover and my favorite graphic novel for the past several years Stunningly done and a good pick for adults who haven't stuck their toe in the graphic novel pool The water's fine wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can't believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew


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