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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lucy Knisley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Knisley lives in Chicago. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lucy Knisley is an author and illustrator. She is a critically acclaimed award-winning comic creator whose previous books include the New York Times bestselling Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. She specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has also made comics for Marvel, Valiant Comics, and BOOM! Studios.


Kid Gloves

New York Times Bestseller

11 Notable Chicago books of 2019, Chicago Tribune


New York Times Bestseller

Best Children's Book of 2013, Publishers Weekly

Best Book of 2013, NPR

Margaret and the Moon

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Adventure Time Marceline And The Scream Queens #1 Incentive Lucy Knisley Variant Cover
ISBN: B008IWB6U0. OCLC Number:

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An age of license /
ISBN: 1606997688. OCLC Number: 870098541

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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe and Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley's comics travel memoir recounting her adventures. It's punctuated by whimsical visual devices; peppered with the cats she meets along the way; and, of course, features her hallmark -- drawings and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water. But it's not all kittens and raclette crêpes: Knisley's experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries, and quotidian revelations -- about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life and career.

Displacement /
ISBN: 1606998102. OCLC Number: 881207830

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"In the next installment of her graphic memoir 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 part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty"--

French milk
ISBN: 9781416575344. OCLC Number: 261204844

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A lighthearted travelogue--rendered in the form of a graphic novel--about a mother and daughter's life-changing six-week trip to Paris is comprised of the graphic artist daughter's illustrations of the sights and scenes they visited while each was facing a milestone birthday.

ISBN: 1250211492. OCLC Number: 1089281708

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Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir Kid Gloves (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms. The best of those wildly popular little cartoons are collected in this adorable gift book, Go to Sleep (I Miss You), a perfect read for expecting parents, new parents, and anyone who loves funny, relatable comics storytelling.

Heart :
ISBN: 0978942779. OCLC Number: 213355143

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"Told in full color, charming, literary/graphic/comic form, this is the story about a girl who meets an apple, a snowman and a refrigerator one cold day. Each holds forth to her on a particular wisdom about hunger, passion or love"

Kid gloves :
ISBN: 1626728089. OCLC Number: 1028189299

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"If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you're smart and talented and "good enough," you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she'd ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience during labor and delivery. This moving, hilarious, and surprisingly informative memoir not only follows Lucy's personal transition into motherhood but also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, including curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery. Whether you've got kids, want them, or want nothing to do with them, there's something in this graphic memoir to open your mind and heart."--Amazon.

Love, Penelope /
ISBN: 141972861X. OCLC Number: 1000583456

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Fifth-grader Penny writes a series of letters to her future sibling, including facts about their Oakland, California, home, questions about whether their moms will ever marry, and especially that he or she is loved.

Margaret and the Moon :
ISBN: 9780399551871. OCLC Number: 930068049

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Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft's computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.

Radiator days /
ISBN: 0979882850. OCLC Number: 262559900

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"A collection of Lucy's early comics. This book is populated with experiments, assignments, and style attempts in a collection of short pieces that range from the charming to the obscene. Enjoy her later work? Take a glimpse through some of the foundations that established Lucy's drawing and writing style in this collection of her student works"--provided by publisher.

Relish :
ISBN: 9781596436237. OCLC Number: 846728171

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Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe-- many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions--From publisher's web site.

Searching for Cassady
ISBN: 0979882842. OCLC Number:

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Side B :
ISBN: 0615220800. OCLC Number: 495361704

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Something new :
ISBN: 9781626722491. OCLC Number: 910980800

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In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: the wedding.

Stepping stones /
ISBN: 1984896849. OCLC Number: 1108817470

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"Jen moves out to the country and has to put up with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, as well as his kids. Suddenly part of a larger family in a new place, Jen isn't sure there is a place for her in this different world"--

You are new /
ISBN: 1452161569. OCLC Number: 1019835766

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"A world of being new is waiting--exciting, cool, and fascinating! Napping, crying, cuddling, playing, making friends, exploring--such a wealth of experiences await each new life."--Page 2 of cover.