Something New

Something New

Tales From A Makeshift Bride

Graphic Novel - 2016
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In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed.

This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.

DIY maven Lucy Knisley was fascinated by American wedding culture . . . but also sort of horrified by it. So she set out to plan and execute the adorable DIY wedding to end all adorable DIY weddings. And she succeeded. This graphic novel, Something New- -clocking in at almost 300 pages of humor, despair, and eternal love--is the story of how Lucy built a barn, invented a whole new kind of photo booth, and managed to turn an outdoor wedding on a rainy day into a joyous (though muddy) triumph.

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626722491
1626722498
Branch Call Number: GN KNISLEY
Characteristics: 291 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Authors: Knisley, Lucy
Title: Something new
tales from a makeshift bride
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 291 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
still image
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Introduction
Part One: The Boy
How We Met
Wedding Season
Salvaged Parts
A Light That Never Goes Out
Part Two: The Bride
Mixed Feelings
Emotion Sickness
Motivations
My Feminist Party
Part Three: The Puff, The Place, The Plate, And The Playlist
Fancy Lady: 101
Just A Simple Barn Wedding
Chicken Or Fish?
It's Electric
Part Four: The Pretty
Do Or DIY
Never Enough Parties
Money Money Money
Part Five: The Big Day
Traditions
Wedding Week
The Wedding
Married Life Goes On
The Happily Ever Aftermath
Afterword.
Summary: In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9781626722491
1626722498
Branch Call Number: GN KNISLEY
Statement of Responsibility: by Lucy Knisley
Subject Headings: Knisley, Lucy Comic books, strips, etc. Weddings Planning Comic books, strips, etc. Comic books, strips, etc. United States.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels.
Autobiographical comics
Topical Term: Weddings
Comic books, strips, etc.
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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.

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fireboltstorm
Aug 16, 2018

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

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emclewis
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.

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kwsmith
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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