A "Publishers Weekly" Top Ten Best Book of the Year An Amazon.com Top Ten Best Book of 2009 A "Washington Post Book World"'s Ten Best Book of the Year A "California Literary Review" Best Book of 2009 An L.A. Times Top 25 Non-Fiction Book of 2009 An NPR Best Book of the Year, Best Memoir With this stunning graphic memoir, David Small takes ...Read MoreA "Publishers Weekly" Top Ten Best Book of the Year An Amazon.com Top Ten Best Book of 2009 A "Washington Post Book World"'s Ten Best Book of the Year A "California Literary Review" Best Book of 2009 An L.A. Times Top 25 Non-Fiction Book of 2009 An NPR Best Book of the Year, Best Memoir With this stunning graphic memoir, David Small takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of his tumultuous childhood in 1950s Detroit, in a coming-of-age tale like no other. At the age of fourteen, David awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover his throat had been slashed and one of his vocal chords removed, leaving him a virtual mute. No one had told him that he had cancer and was expected to die. The resulting silence was in keeping with the atmosphere of secrecy and repressed frustration that pervaded the Small household and revealed itself in the slamming of cupboard doors, the thumping of a punching bag, the beating of a drum. Believing that they were doing their best, David's parents did just the reverse. David's mother held the family emotionally hostage with her furious withdrawals, even as she kept her emotions hidden -- including from herself. His father, rarely present, was a radiologist, and although David grew up looking at X-rays and drawing on X-ray paper, it would be years before he discovered the shocking consequences of his father's faith in science. A work of great bravery and humanity, Stitches is a gripping and ultimately redemptive story of a man's struggle to understand the past and reclaim his voice. "From the Hardcover edition."Read Less
A near fine, bright copy. SMALL, David. STITCHES: A MEMOIR [A "Graphic Memoir"]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, pp. 329, , illustrated throughout (in black-and-white, by the author). A memoir written entirely in the style of a graphic novel. "The prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this redemptive graphic memoir" (from the back cover). This title was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Author, and illustrator, David Small, is recipient of the Caldecott Medal, a Christopher Medal, and the E. B. White Award for his picture books (which include 'Imogene's Antlers, ' 'The Gardner, ' 'So, You Want to Be President? ").
1st edn 1st printing. Square 8vo. Original black decorated white cloth (Fine), dustwrapper (Fine in protective wrapper, not price clipped). Pp. 329, illus throughout with b&w cartoon strip, and photos (no inscriptions).
Fine. 8vo-7¾"-9¾" tall, Trade paperback. Previous owner's stamp endpapers. 329 pages. With this stunning graphic memoir, David Small takes readers on an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of his tumultuous childhood in 1950s Detroit, in a coming-of-age tale like no other.
As New in As New dust jacket. 8vo A most attractive Limited Signed Edition in As New condition in alike dust-jacket, still in original shrinkwrap. Slipcased. SIGNED by David Small; Small, who has illustrated some forty children's books that have garnered numerous prizes including the prestigious Caldecott Medal, now gives us this moving story of his life and work à la graphic novel.
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