Monday, September 29, 2014

An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley

Katie has the perfect book for reading and then planning an expedition...

Already missing summer vacation? Looking for a means by which to travel the world in an afternoon? Lucy Knisley is here to help. She’s ready to take you on an adventure from Norway to Sweden to Germany to France, all for the price of a library card. So get ready. This graphic novel is a gorgeous, exciting European vacation on the cheap.

But like all good books and travelogues, it’s not all stunning old cities, delicious food, and romance with foreign boys (although there is plenty of all of the above, too). It’s really an exploration of being young and privileged enough to travel and what exactly that means. Lucy Knisley offers a window into that tricky time in life where you can’t help but think about the Future, but it hasn’t seemed to quite have arrived yet. The time when you aren’t in school but not quite settled into a career, when you are figuring out what you want from relationships long term, when you are seeing where and how other people live and trying it all on for size. In other words, Lucy let’s us travel along with her during her age of license. And it’s a beautiful, funny, insightful journey.

Whether you pick An Age of License up for the kissing or for the blowgun lessons, it’s the deeper ideas that are explored that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. 

More to read:

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From the Archives: One to Send Libby on her Way

Radio Week: Jonsi - Gathering Stories

Postcard Friday: Mysterious Prague

Post Card Friday: Travel to Central America with 2 Up and Coming Titles!



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