An Age of License

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An Age of License

By Lucy Knisley

Fantagraphics Books, Paperback, 9781606997680, 189pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2014

Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (French Milk, Relish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe/Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley's comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic ) adventures. It's punctuated by whimsical visual devices (such as a new experiences funnel); peppered with the cute 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 crepes: 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 that many young adults will relate to. An Age of License which takes its name from a French saying is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.

About the Author
Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, "Relish: My Life in the Kitchen", tells the story of her childhood steeped in the food industry. It was a "New York Times" bestseller and has been translated into five languages. Her travelogues ("French Milk", "An Age of License", and "Displacement") and web comic series ("Stop Paying Attention") have been lauded by critics, and her combined work has built her a devoted readership for her honest and thoughtful true-life stories. Her recent graphic memoirs include include "Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride".