Lucy Knisley's graphic novel is a great exploration of what it's like to be a feminist and get married. She talks about her relationships with her family and her husband both before, during, and after the wedding, but more than that, she discusses why it is difficult as a feminist and someone who doesn't necessarily believe in status symbols to "buy into" the wedding frenzy. Her compromise: to do as much of the wedding diy as was possible. Endearing hilarity ensues (as well as righteous indignation at times). -Mariah's May Staff Pick 2016
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.
"[This] graphic-novel memoir from First Second Books follows Lucy Knisley’s own decade-long saga toward the altar, as well as her own keen and amusing observations on the marital industry she curated along the way." —The Washington Post
"It’s digressive, meandering and entirely charming — her comics read like a letter one treasures."—The New York Times
"She artfully makes the details of her own experiences appeal to different readers, but it’s the emotion behind her writing and beautiful style that manages to be both sweet and brutally honest." —AV Club
"Knisley is a wonderful creator and artist, and someone who clearly was made to be married. This book is as sweetly romantic as it is manically comedic."—Boing Boing