Displacement by Lucy Knisley

Displacement

In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book s watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and p...


Details Displacement

TitleDisplacement
ISBN9781606998106
Author
Release DateFeb 8th, 2015
PublisherFantagraphics
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Comics, Travel, Adult
Rating

Reviews Displacement

  • Eve
    2016-01-14
    Knisley is one of my favorite cartoonists, and I love that her travelogues have taken off. I remember first finding French Milk in my library’s graphic novel section and wondering what it was all about. Since then, I’ve followed all her work and own all her books. I preordered this book almost a year in advance, but when it finally arrived, I wasn’t able to read it due to my grandma’s decline and sudden death. It hit too close to home, un...
  • David Schaafsma
    2015-02-09
    There is something so pleasant and inviting about everything Knisley does! The color, the cute way she depicts herself and her family and her earnest and positive approach to life, whether she is talking about a love affair she has on a book tour or her family. I read every word of this and can say I sorta liked it, just because it is so darned pleasant! If you pick up this book you are hoping it will be a tour through the wine country of France ...
  • Elizabeth
    2015-06-01
    Oof. This is a sad and uncomfortable read. More so or at least every bit as reflective and painful as Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?. The illustrations do help keep it light as they have an airy quality to them. Be prepared though to consider your own mortality and that of the ones you love. I just felt so bad for everyone.Ugh. p.s. I'm thinking that reading this and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End might put some ...
  • Ashley
    2016-02-02
    This light but still quietly devastating little travelogue might be the best thing Lucy Knisley has ever written. (Drawn? Created? Mixed media confuses word choice.)Her first two travelogues (French Milk and An Age of License) were explorations of her own maturation as she saw different parts of the world, but this one is on a whole other level. Her grandparents Allen and Phyllis are 93 and 90 years old respectively, and have signed up to go on a...
  • Ferdy
    2015-09-12
    SpoilersLucy Knisley's travelogue/graphic memoir of when she accompanied her elderly grandparents on a cruise. It was interesting and bittersweet to read, it was also somewhat stressful, as it was easy to relate to all the difficulties and pressures Lucy was feeling in looking after her fragile and easily confused grandparents. I felt quite sorry for all of them, the vulnerability of her grandparents and the fear Lucy was going though in being wh...
  • Flannery
    2016-05-06
    This one hit a lot of sweet spots for me, and it was a random find. I wander the stacks of the King County Library System pretty regularly, but I am only looking for something particular about 25% of the time. The rest of the time I go do one of three things: look through the audiobooks; look through the graphic novel section; or try to find random short books in the fiction aisles. I found this book today in the graphic novel section and it was ...
  • Elizabeth A
    2015-02-09
    The author is known for her graphic memoirs, and this is the third one of hers I've read. In this installment, the 20-something author decides to accompany her 90-something grandparents on a Caribbean cruise. This memoir recounts those 10 days, the ups and downs of traveling with aging grandparents, and the heartbreak of watching those you love get closer to death.The art remains true to her style of being light, airy, and fun. What I really like...
  • Caren
    2015-06-21
    This little book is a graphic (as in "illustrated comic-book style") memoir of a vacation the author took at age 27 with her 90-something-year-old grandparents. The "grands", as she called them, decided to take a cruise with others from their retirement community. The couple's four children panicked and all decided that someone needed to accompany them to supervise. The author was single and between books so, thinking a cruise to the Caribbean du...
  • Susie
    2018-01-13
    I adore everything I've read by Lucy Knisley, this is no exception.This memoir deals with the highs and lows of taking a cruise with her aging grandparents. One of my favorite things about her work is her honesty. It is at its prime here.
  • Karen
    2015-05-15
    Bought this little gem of a book at Strand's New York just by flipping through the colorful drawings and the theme, and became absorbed, then later finished it during lunch munching on a slice of Joe's Margherita pizza.At the time, I did not realize that she also wrote/drew Relish, which everyone in my family had enjoyed. She's known for her graphic memoirs! In this installment, the young author went on a cruise with her Grandparents. Both of the...
  • Irena Freitas
    2015-03-03
    Essa HQ é tão ótima que eu tive que parar a leitura porque toda a história com os avós tava me deixando muito emotiva e eu meio que estou numa fase que não estou podendo ler nada que me deixe triste.Minha única reclamação é que o texto é escrito numa letra muito pequenininha, então não é uma leitura muito boa de ser feita só com a luz dos abajur ligada.
  • Melissa Chung
    2016-04-07
    Wahhahahahha I feel like sobbing. I'm always like that when I read Lucy's memoirs. They are always about family and I miss mine terribly. I'm giving this graphic novel 5 stars because I can and because it deserves it.So in this installment of Lucy's life she is embarking on a grand adventure with her elderly grandparents (they are in their early 90's!). None of her relatives wanted to join her grandparents on a Caribbean cruise and so Lucy decide...
  • Ami
    2014-08-13
    An incredibly moving and sad book. Lucy Knisley captures perfectly these moments all humans experience that don't really have names: wanting to help someone but also being annoyed at helping them. Feeling alone when surrounded by people. Being uncomfortable no matter what you're doing. The story is about her time between finishingRelish and its publication, when she went on a cruise with her two elderly grandparents. Knisley was excited to spend ...
  • Raina
    2016-09-22
    I grew up in a family where play-by-play reports on our days were the norm. We'd take turns talking about what we did all day, highlights and lowpoints, friendships and thoughts. It was just my mom, my dad and me, and I grew up very close with both of them.Now that I'm an adult, this is the kind of intimacy I crave. I feel most connected to my best friend when she shares about how she spends her days with me, and I downright NEED it from my partn...
  • Julie Ehlers
    2015-02-11
    I enjoyed Lucy Knisley's French Milk and Relish but was not so fond of her first "travelogue," An Age of License, which I found shallow and unsatisfying, so I'd decided to pass on her second travelogue, Displacement. But when I won a copy of her newest book, Something New, I decided to go back and fill in my Displacement gap first, and I'm glad I did. This story of Lucy taking a cruise with her ninetysomething grandparents was definitely entert...
  • Lormac
    2015-09-18
    OK, if I wasn't before, now I am officially a Knisley disciple! I just love this girl! Lucy's grandparents have signed up for a cruise, and need a caretaker to accompany them, so Lucy agrees to step up and take on the task. She knows it will be daunting, but she is unprepared for the level of dysfunction. Nevertheless, she manages it, day by day - all of the little frustrations and accomplishments. And I don't thin it is a spoiler to say that at ...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    2016-12-23
    Sad and sweet.
  • Denver Public Library
    2017-01-23
    A Caribbean cruise sounds like fun...unless you're there to look after your elderly grandparents on their tour, and confronting the realities of their aging bodies and minds. When the author's grandparents signed up for the cruise, all of their children were surprised, and thought it might be better if someone accompanied them. Knisley, twentysomething, single, and not tied down to a job schedule, volunteered. She knew she'd get to spend valuable...
  • Jessica
    2018-07-11
    This book made me so stressed but also made me laugh a lot. The picture of her and her grandparents made me wanna cry in the library. MORTALITY.
  • Jessica
    2015-02-02
    Knisley, 27, accompanies her 90-something grandparents on a cruise and finds herself thrust into the role of constant caretaker. Confronted with their mortality and deteriorating health, she reflects on the people they were and her relationships with them. All the while taking on the overwhelming task of keeping them in line and trying to make the trip enjoyable for them yet still bearable for herself. Another travelogue/memoir comic from Lucy Kn...
  • Wendy
    2015-07-21
    I find myself contemplating age and morality more than other people my age (early 30s)...or maybe we just don't talk about it. According to eastern tradition (that I read somewhere, I don't remember exactly) instead of sanitizing death and thoughts of it from our lives and minds, we need to contemplate deeply, stare it in the face until it doesn't terrify us. Not in a way that's overly morbid, but in a way that gently accepts life as beautiful be...
  • Allie
    2014-10-14
    This rating/review is based on an ARC of this book from the ARC shelf at my job. Yay library!I love Lucy Knisley! This is her newest travelogue about going on a cruise with her grandparents. An Age of License was all about youth and adventure, and this one was much more serious and pensive. I think the two travelogues make really great companions. Knisley also does a good job of keeping herself in check. I think in the hands of a less thoughtful ...
  • Alicea
    2016-01-22
    I'm continuing to work my way through Lucy Knisley's body of work. I just finished her most recent book, Displacement: A Travelogue, and much like An Age of License it was a deliciously quick, fun read with a lot of heart. The other travelogue that she wrote was all about self-discovery as she went on a trip as a (mostly) carefree twenty-something. Displacement was drastically different. In this book, she went on a trip with her elderly grandpare...
  • Cathleen
    2016-06-25
    Heartbreaking, evocative, and lovely.ETA: I hadn't planned to write more, but I don't want to forget why this work had such impact. Watching those you love not only age but also change, even to the point of needing help with basic needs, can be paralyzing, exhausting, and make you want to run away. That the author stepped up to accompany her grandparents on a cruise is remarkable. Seeing what she had to do to protect and care for them, all while ...
  • Gauri
    2016-07-17
    This is an autobiographical graphic novel about a young artist traveling with her elderly grandparents, struggling with taking care of their safety and health as well as understanding and accepting the inevitability and misfortunes of aging. Maybe it's because I'm too young or have never had similar experiences that I am rating it so low... but no, I don't think so, because my mind was really focused on the presentation of the message. In this bo...
  • Kim
    2015-04-12
    A really touching memoir about Knisley's cruise with her 90 something grandparents. Each chapter ends with glimpses into her grandfather's WWII memoir to provide insight into the person and into death and war. I guess this one mostly rang true with me because, although I never took a cruise with my WWII generation grandparents, I did watch their demise and also had a glimpse into their lives from memoirs. Like Lucy, I've experienced the feeling o...
  • Susan Kulasik
    2016-03-22
    Displacement had me crying 15 pages in. Its a sobering story that anyone can put themselves in, I felt like I was reading my future. I had to stop almost halfway through to call my grandparents to tell them I love them, just so they know before time and genetics catch up. It really reminds you to savor every moment you have with your family before the inevitable happens. I recommend this to everyone in my circle of friends and my family. An absol...
  • Esther Marie
    2016-10-29
    I am quite enamored with Knisley's work and sensibility. This graphic novel about Knisley traveling with her grandparents as their caretaker is interwoven with excerpts from her grandfather's WWII memoir (with Knisley's illustrations).This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, and I enjoyed Knisley's style of jumping between narratives, as well as her visual asides to the main stories.
  • Mhvaugeois
    2017-01-27
    Une jeune fille part en croisière avec ses grands-parents qui ne sont plus autonomes. En parallèle, elle lit les mémoires de de guerre de son grand-père. Le journal d'une croisière mouvementée, non pas en activités délirantes, mais plutôt en lessive de pantalons souillés, de gestion de pilules et autres recherches de papi et mami disparus.