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“French Milk”: A Graphic Travel Memoir

December 12, 2009

A look at Knisley’s graphic travel memoir, “French Milk.”
21jP51rUopL._SL500_AA180_ Left: Cover of Lucy Knisley's French Milk. (Image from Amazon.com)

This delightful book has been sitting on the desk next to the bed for ages. I'd read a little, be captivated, want to go back to Paris and check out the things I missed, and then close the book to save it for later. I finally read the second half of the book all in one sitting simply because I wanted to recommend it to you!

If you like travel journals, travel memoirs, or Paris, or if you are interested in mother-daughter relationships that are nothing like what you might catch a glimpse of on Dr. Phil (i.e. the people are NOT screaming at each other and actually seem to care about each other) then I think you'll enjoy this lovely graphic memoir.

Sketching with a brush pen Knisley captures the sights, foods, and people she encounters on a six-week visit to Paris with her mom. There is emotion but no annoying angst. The pages are filled with delightful sketches, a few photographs, and an impression of her sojourn in Paris that will make you want to book a flight. So if you have been to Paris and want a little bit of "comfort food" or you plan to go and are interested in some offbeat places to visit when you are there (as well as an artist's take on some tourist places) check out this book.

Note: The title comes from the author's love of French milk—she drinks it constantly, can't get enough of it. I didn't have any milk when I was in Paris as I'm not a big milk drinker—I prefer the ice cream manifestation. If I were to write a book about my trip to Paris it would be called "French Bread." In fact I would like nothing more than to return to Paris and continue sampling the breads from the various neighborhood bakeries! Knisley's book contains enough bread for me to reminisce about too!

  1. Reply

    Hi Roz
    Enjoying the site, lots of great information, interesting ideas and good images – makes me want to get making art.
    Thought you might like to know I’m back blogging with new paintings and photo’s,
    keep up the good work
    best wishes
    Tom
    http://www.tomwood.typepad.com

  2. Reply

    Hey Roz, I’m with you about the milk…I also prefre the bread, butter and cheese…then there’s the wine…someday:}

    • Roz
    • December 12, 2009
    Reply

    Tom, it’s great to know you’re back blogging. I wrote a short post on Nov. 20 to send people to your blog and see your fabulous art!

    • kelly
    • December 12, 2009
    Reply

    That’s a great book! Her blog is cute, too.

    • Roz
    • December 13, 2009
    Reply

    Kelly, I didn’t think to check if the author had a blog—duh!!! Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll go check it out!

    • E-J
    • December 13, 2009
    Reply

    The book sounds intriguing, Roz. I’m a big fan of Paris and have sketched bits of it myself on a number of occasions, the drawings, however small or incomplete, bringing back to me so much more of my experience of the city than written notes or even photos.

    I also took to heart your suggestion to get out to a museum to sketch, and have blogged my recent sketchjournal pages. http://tinyurl.com/yass7rd From the 16 pages I had yet to fill when I commented on your blog a week ago, I am now down to 9. 🙂 Thanks for continuing to inspire and motivate.

  3. Reply

    Thanks Roz

    I’m just about to start making some large monoprints for a commission and I thought I would post their progress on my blog so from next week I’m hoping to post everyday until the middle of january when I expect to collapse from exhaustion!
    I’m also going to have a favourites corner where I regularly feature my favourite blogs so watch out because you will definitely be in there.
    Once again thank you for the encouragement!
    best wishes
    Tom

    • Roz
    • December 13, 2009
    Reply

    E-J, I hope you’ll check it out. I was fortunate enough to go to Paris with two friends who also sketch. One of the great things about traveling with friends who sketch is that you might all sketch the same thing, but it looks different in each journal and seeing something through someone else’s eyes like that, seeing what she chooses to focus on, the angles, the cropping, whatever—it’s just incredibly exciting and fun for me.

    Seeing Knisley’s book augments that experience for me.

    I love your museum sketches! I’m so glad you got out and are filling those pages. (Down to 9 indeed!) Thank you for writing to let me know! Go E-J!

    • Roz
    • December 13, 2009
    Reply

    Tom, this is very exciting news. I will be sure to check back at your blog to see this. Do not collapse! I can’t wait to see the new monoprints. I’m glad you enjoy this blog.

    Have a busy and productive next few weeks!!!

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