Thursday, September 18, 2008

Graphic Memoir


By "graphic," I don't mean "R-rated," or filled with horror. No, in this case, graphic means the memoir follows the dynamic of graphic novels -- it's a story told with pictures and words.

THE SHINIEST JEWEL: A Family Love Story
By Marian Henley

178 pp. Springboard Press/Grand Central $21.99

I recently reviewed the memoir for The Internet Review of Books. It was a quick easy read, and good enough for what it is -- "in its own pen-and-ink perceptive way - a book to be passed on to a friend who is thinking about adoption or to a woman who wants insight into a certain type of father."

But it can be, I suppose, for certain readers, less than satisfying.

It was, however, a first for me.

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