Graphic Novel Memoirs for Summer Reading

I find memoirs are a great way to walk in someone else’s shoes for a little bit and get a glimpse of their life, their struggles, and their triumphs. Though most of our memoirs are kept in our biography section, some are in our graphic novels section. These graphic novels are a quick, easy summer read and the fact that they count towards one of our summer reading challenges doesn’t hurt either!

Many of these reads are very poignant and portray a variety of life experiences. Lucy Kinsley has a couple of memoirs out about her life and we have her pregnancy memoir, Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos. This memoir not only covers Lucy’s struggle to get pregnant, but also gives insight into miscarriages, relationship changes around pregnancy, and birth itself. Through all these experiences, she breaks up the story with all the research she performed and received and lays it out in an easy-to-read way. Lucy offers a lot to learn in her memoir and if you want to delve more into learning about pregnancy or want a story to relate to, this might be just the read for you!

Another we have is Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacobs. Though we have other memoirs that speak to racism, sex, love, and family, Good Talk brings these conversations to light in verbatim conversations Mira has had in her life. Mira is often witty and humorous, but displays these issues well in the frame of her own life in New York pre and post 9/11. This is one that will make you think and see the world a little different.

On a lighter note, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation by Natalie Nourgiat is a fun and very short memoir on, you guessed it, Natalie’s travels to LA and how she broke into the animation business. She separates her story down into the various parts of the life of an animator, advice to keep in mind, and also introduces you to other animators and their own advice to becoming an animator.

This list is by no means exhaustive for graphic novel memoirs or the life experiences and societal issues they can cover. Again, these are amazing and quick summer reads if you would like a visual way of looking into the experiences of others. If you have any questions or would like to place a hold for curbside pick-up, feel free to call us at the library at (248) 370-9466. Happy reading!

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