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Stitches A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  David Small
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393338967
ISBN-13: 9780393338966
Sku: 215184978
Publish Date: 9/13/2010
Pages:  329
Age Range:  NA
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The #1 "New York Times" bestseller and National Book Award finalist "breaks new ground for graphic novels."--Francois Mouly, art editor, "The New Yorker."
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David Small, a best-selling and highly regarded children's book illustrator, comes forward with this unflinching graphic memoir. Remarkable and intensely dramatic, Stitches tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who awakes one day from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he has been transformed into a virtual mute—a vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot. From horror to hope, Small proceeds to graphically portray an almost unbelievable descent into adolescent hell and the difficult road to physical, emotional, and artistic recovery.

A National Book Award finalist; winner of the ALA's Alex Award; a #1 New York Times graphic bestseller; Publishers Weekly and Washington Post Top Ten Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, ALA Great Graphic Novels, Booklist Editors Choice Award, Huffington Post Great Books of 2009, Kirkus Reviews Best of 2009, and Village Voice Best Graphic Novel.
What could be a more powerful and direct metaphor for a 1950s repressed family's excruciating commitment to non-communication than for the parents to submit their youngest child to the surgical removal of one of his vocal chord without telling him that was what was happening? It's too much right? He couldn't speak above a whisper for years. And it's a true story. As respected illustrator David Small shares in his comics memoir, this happened to him at the age of 14. Small truly exploits the possibilities of his medium through his cinematic imagery, starkly black-and-white palette, and emotionally charged drawings. He unfolds his narrative with an appropriate sparseness and lets the images do much of the storytelling. This is an elegantly crafted and heart-wrenchingly beautiful memoir. Selected by both Publishers Weekly and the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 Books of 2009 and named a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for young people's literature.
Author Bio
David Small
Often ill as a child, author and illustrator David Small spent many hours confined to his bed where he drew pictures to help pass the time. He has said that he had a difficult time at school and did not feel completely comfortable in an educational setting until he began taking art classes at Wayne State University. After receiving a B.F.A. from Wayne State, Small studied art at Yale where he received his M.F.A. and also worked as an assistant professor of art. His illustrations for Judith St. George's SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT earned that book the 2000 Caldecott Medal.


"Graphic in every sense of the word, Small's masterfully drawn memoir will arrest readers from the very first cell." 07/01/2009

"[A] profound and moving memoir...Small's intuitive morphing of images...provide deep emotional echoes....Small tells his story with haunting subtlety and power." (starred review) 08/10/2009

"[A] frequently disturbing, pitch-black funny, ultimately cathartic story whose full impact can only be delivered in the comics medium....If there's any fight left in the argument that comics aren't legitimate literature, this is just the thing to enlighten the naysayers." (starred review) - Ian Chipman 07/01/2009

"Small's scars--both literal and metaphoric--and the questions raised by this chilling, unsentimental, beautifully drawn book are the sort kids shouldn't have to confront. From the safe remove of adulthood, Stitches reads like a how-not-to guidebook on child-rearing." - Glen Weldon 09/15/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0329
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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