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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lucy Knisley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1985 in


-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/LucyKnisley
-- Lucy Knisley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Lucy+Knisley


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.


Published Works

    Books written and illustrated by Lucy Knisley:
  • Heart: Seed Snow Circuit, Epigraph Publishing, 2007
  • Radiator Days, Epigraph Publishing, 2008
  • French Milk , Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, First Second, 2013
  • An Age Of License, Fantagraphics, 2014
  • Displacement, Fantagraphics, 2015
  • Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, First Second, 2016Books illustrated by Lucy Knisley and written by other authors:
  • Margaret and the Moon, Knopf, 2017 - written by Dean Robbins


Selected Titles At Your Library

Heart :
ISBN: 0978942779. OCLC Number:

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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"--amazon.com.

Radiator days /
ISBN: 0979882850. OCLC Number:

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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.

French milk /
ISBN: 1416575340. OCLC Number:

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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.

Relish :
ISBN: 1596436239. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

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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:

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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"--

Something new :
ISBN: 1626722498. OCLC Number:

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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.

Margaret and the Moon :
ISBN: 0399551859. OCLC Number:

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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.


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