Title: Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride
Author: Lucy Knisley
Publisher: First Second
Check this book out on Goodreads.
A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion. (Source: Goodreads)
In Something New Lucy Knisley details the process of making a wedding. She walks readers through every stage of the wedding process, even detailing her relationship with now-husband John. I really enjoyed this book, especially as I’d read Knisley’s previous memoirs and travelogues, this was an excellent follow-up to all of those, looking at just another stage of her life.
Something New is a bit of a strenuous read, the whole book is about Knisley’s own stresses as she planned and organized her own wedding. This means that the book is quite long, and filled with detailed accounts of every stage of the planning. It’s a bit of a difficult read as such but it’s worthwhile. Especially for the always beautiful and adorable art by Knisley who continues to be one of my favourite artists.
This book is stressful but if you’ve read Knisley’s other books it’s such a wonderful thing to read about this woman who you’ve come to know and identify with as she heads into a marriage with someone she so clearly loves. I was moved by a lot of the book, especially as her wedding wrapped up and you get to finally see John and Lucy enjoying their life together instead of stressing about planning out a wedding.
I liked that the book delved into the societal expectations of weddings and the economics of weddings as well. I think these are some of the biggest problems most people have when planning their wedding and it was good to see Knisley look at these things and basically say “screw ’em, do it your own way.” I think it was also great to see her money saving tips as well. This book is incredibly informative and really would be a great gift for a maybe nerdy, comics inclined friend who is planning their own nuptials.
I highly recommend this book.