Thursday, February 14, 2013

Biography Thursday, 2.14.13 / From the Stacks

"T" for Thursday! Click to see.
Stitches: a Memoir by David Small, pub. 2009, call # B SMA

A National Book Award Finalist, Stitches tells a vivid and moving memoir through pictures. This book is written in the format of a graphic novel, making the reading experience quite different from your average biography or memoir. Give it a try today!

From the book's website...
"One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. 

Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that render nightmare in a form that becomes a fairytale in itself, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child, to cancer patient, to troubled teen, whose risky decision to run away from home at 16 — with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist — would become the ultimate survival statement.

A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches is as much a memoir as a tale of redemption that informs us that things can get better, that good can emerge from evil, and that art has the power to transform. It is a both a profound gift and a remarkable achievement, a book that renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again."

~ Mrs. Z

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