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Stitches: A Memoir Hardcover – 3 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (3 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393068579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393068573
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If this book were a wine, you'd discover a nose full of Truffaut, Baudelaire, and John Waters. And yet, after all the blows and the despair, and the desperation David Small skillfully manages to draw a door out of his past and invite us into his present. -- Jack Gantos, author of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

In Stitches, David Small exposes the deepest part of a painful youth-cathartic and disturbing as memoirs get by one of our most gifted storytellers. This one will resonate long after you put it down. -- Harry Bliss, New Yorker cover artist and illustrator

David Small's Stitches is aptly named. With surgical precision, the author pierces into the past and, with great artistry, seals the wound inflicted on a small child by cruel and unloving parents. Stitches is as intensely dramatic as a woodcut novel of the silent movie era and as fluid as a contemporary Japanese manga. It breaks new ground for graphic novels. -- Francoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker

Stitches is one of the most compelling books I've read in a long time. David Small, with his ground-breaking work, has elevated the art of the graphic novel and brought it to new creative heights. -- Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel Comics

Like the boy in this autobiographical novel my first reading of Stitches left me speechless. And in awe. David Small presents us with a profound and moving gift of graphic literature that has the look of a movie and reads like a poem. Spare in words, painful in pictures, Small, in a style of dry menace, draws us a boy's life that you wouldn't want to live but you can't put down. From its first line four pages in, 'Mama had her little cough', we know that we are in the hands of a master. --Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist"

David Small evokes the mad scientific world of the 1950s beautifully, a time when everyone believed that science could fix everything....Capturing body language and facial expressions subtly, Stitches becomes in Small's skillful hands a powerful story, an emotionally charged autobiography. --Robert Crumb"

One word. Phenomenal....If you haven t read a graphic novel before, let this be your first. I cannot say enough about this book, which will be released in September and is something to look out for. Highly Recommended. I reluctantly give this novel 5 stars; reluctantly, only because there aren t 6 stars to give out. --Jeff Rivera"

Starred Review. Like other 'important' graphic works it seems destined to sit beside think no less than Maus this is a frequently disturbing, pitch-black funny, ultimately cathartic story whose full impact can only be delivered in the comics medium, which keeps it palatable as it reinforces its appalling aspects. If there s any fight left in the argument that comics aren t legitimate literature, this is just the thing to enlighten the naysayers. "

Starred Review. It's Small's art that lifts his memoir into the extraordinary. His seemingly simple black-and-white wash captures people, emotions, relationships, and plot subtleties with grace, precision, and a flawless sense of graphic narration....compelling, disturbing, yet surprisingly easy to read and more than meets the high standard set by the widely praised Fun Home. "

David Small s Stitches is aptly named. With surgical precision, the author pierces into the past and, with great artistry, seals the wound inflicted on a small child by cruel and unloving parents. Stitches is as intensely dramatic as a woodcut novel of the silent movie era and as fluid as a contemporary Japanese manga. It breaks new ground for graphic novels. --Francoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker"

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"David Small presents us with a profound and moving gift of graphic literature that has the look of a movie and reads like a poem. . . . We know that we are in the hands of a master."--Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonis "David Small'sStitches is aptly named. With surgical precision, the author pierces into the past and, with great artistry, seals the wound inflicted on a small child by cruel and unloving parents. Stitches is as intensely dramatic as a woodcut novel of the silent movie era and as fluid as a contemporary Japanese manga. It breaks new ground for graphic novels."--Francoise Mouly, art editor, The New Yorker, and editorial director, TOON Books "David Small evokes the mad scientific world of the 1950s beautifully. Small is an innocent lamb, a sensitive boy, caught in a nightmare situation. Capturing body language and facial expressions subtly, Stitches becomes in Small's skillful hands a powerful story, an emotionally charged autobiography."--Robert Crumb, author of The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb "InStitches, David Small, one of our most gifted storytellers, exposes the deepest part of a painful youth--as cathartic and disturbing as memoirs get. This one will resonate long after you put it down."--Harry Bliss, cover artist for The New Yorker "Add David Small's book to the illustrated bible of artists who have had to will themselves--invent themselves--and ultimately seize success as the only way to keep the gritty, dark beginning of a home life from snuffing them out altogether."--Jack Gantos, author ofJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key, finalist for the National Book Award

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