French Milk by Lucy Knisley
I picked this book up because Whitney Matheson, who writes Pop Candy for USA Today, talked about it in her column. Although our tastes aren’t identical – she’s far more indie than I will ever be – we do share a love of graphic novels. And this book is the author’s journal of her time in Paris with her mother, chronicled in comic form. As a big fan of Persepolis, another drawn biography, this was not a tough sell.
As it turns out, I liked this book but didn’t love it. Compared to Persepolis, which is set Iran during a period of upheaval, French Milk is a lot fluffier. It’s still a very fun read, though, and I enjoyed it very much. I guess I was just hoping for a bit more insight into the author’s mind, rather than a day by day accounting of her life. I think I would have liked it a lot more if I’d had a better sense of what it was about, so the fault is mine, not the author’s.