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Review: Displacement

September 3, 2015


In 2012, when Lucy Knisley‘s grandparents were in their 90s, they signed up to go on a cruise with a group from the senior living community they lived in.  Their mental and physical health wasn’t that great and the family was worried about them being on a huge cruise ship alone like that so Knisley volunteered to go with them.  She documents their trip in her graphic memoir, Displacement: A Travelogue.

I’d heard about Displacement a while ago but our library didn’t have it so I kind of forgot about it until reading about it on Beth Fish Reads.  I quickly checked the card catalog and was happy to discover that it had been added to the library’s collection.  Since it’s a graphic memoir, Displacement is a quick read and I just loved it.  I could relate to parts of it and even shed a few tears as I read it.

Displacement interior

Since her “grands” were 91 and 93, Knisley was determined to make this cruise a good experience for them.  That wasn’t as easy as it sounds since they both had physical and mental impairments.  Years before, her grandfather had given her a memoir he’d written about his World War II service and Knisley contrasts the young man in that story with the old man on the cruise.  Knisley is candid and shows how stressful being a caregiver can be.  She struggled to find a balance and worried a lot while she was on the trip but, in the end, was happy she joined them because

Good or bad, it’s important to feel connected sometimes.  Even if that connection can be painful.

I loved Knisley’s perspective and could relate to some of the stress she feels.  Her wonderful color illustrations and hand lettering  enhanced the wonderful story she told.  I adored Displacement and recommend it to everyone, especially those with elderly family members.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2015 7:36 am

    How did I miss this? I have to look for it at my library too!

  2. September 3, 2015 7:58 am

    I want to read this. I loved Roz Chast’s memoir about her aging parents last year. Knisley’s memoir sounds as good.

  3. September 3, 2015 8:25 am

    I’ve enjoyed several of her other books. Need to read this one, too!

  4. September 3, 2015 8:44 am

    This sounds terrific. I’m going to add it to my To Read list. Thanks for sharing your review.

  5. September 3, 2015 11:18 am

    I just finished Relish and as soon as I did I added this and her other graphic novels to my tbr list. Good to know you like this one!

  6. September 3, 2015 2:14 pm

    I love the illustrations!

  7. Patty permalink
    September 3, 2015 3:26 pm

    The illustrations are charming…I love the theme of it.

  8. September 3, 2015 4:05 pm

    I just cannot get into graphic novels. It seems that my brain does not function when I try to read one.

  9. September 3, 2015 4:54 pm

    This looks fantastic, and my library has it. I’m putting myself on hold!

  10. Literary Feline permalink
    September 3, 2015 5:31 pm

    I want to read this one. I’ve had my eye on it for awhile, and am so glad you liked it.

  11. Diane permalink
    September 3, 2015 8:31 pm

    This sounds like a good one Kathy. Love the cover too.

  12. September 4, 2015 6:24 am

    I loved Relish, so I’m looking forward to reading this one, as well.

  13. September 5, 2015 10:44 am

    It makes me feel happy/sad just thinking about it.

  14. September 5, 2015 2:59 pm

    I did the same thing – I meant to get this when it first came out but my library didn’t have it! I’m going to check right now. They must have it by now.

  15. September 6, 2015 12:14 pm

    I read this one earlier this year and enjoyed it as well. Although I must admit, I preferred French Milk 🙂

  16. September 7, 2015 1:55 am

    I like graphic memoirs and this one sounds terrific. Glad you enjoyed it!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    September 7, 2015 8:51 am

    I’d like to read this one but I think the timing might not be great! I’ll have to remember the title.

  18. Beth F permalink
    September 7, 2015 9:12 am

    I know, right? I really loved this one and was interested to see how Knisley matured since her first book. It was pretty brave of her to go on that trip.

  19. September 9, 2015 11:29 am

    I’m so glad to hear Lucy Knisley has a new book. I’ve enjoyed her previous books and this one sounds like one I can relate too also.

  20. September 9, 2015 9:16 pm

    Oh, this looks wonderful! What an experience that must have been. Off to check my library.

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