Imagine Wanting Only This

Imagine Wanting Only This

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Forbes * Lit Hub * Electric Lit

A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief

When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and the sight of an abandoned mining town after his funeral marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted cities in the American Midwest, an Icelandic town buried in volcanic ash, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. Along the way, we learn about her family and a rare genetic heart disease that has been passed down through generations, and revisit tragic events in America's past.

A narrative that is at once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout; part of the Pantheon Graphic Novel series)
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101870839
Branch Call Number: 741.5 R131a 2017
Characteristics: 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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DPLaprilteenservices May 02, 2018

An elegantly crafted graphic memoir; not to be missed for fans of the format. A great read for anyone who loves a good bildungsroman- I found a lot of myself as a 20-something in Kristen's story. Give this to anyone who thinks reading comics or graphic novels is "lazy reading;" I was definitely challenged in both the literary and visual aspects.

KHCPL_Doug Apr 30, 2018

I thought this would be an interesting look into the idea of ruins and human relationships. Instead, it seemed to be a self-indulgent pity party for the author. There are few ruins represented here. Instead, we get a lot of Radtke using travel as an excuse to escape, or at least put off, real life. Some of the art is beautiful. Her depictions of actual places is mesmerizing in detail. But her people, even herself, all look bored and disinterested. I was happy to finish this book and move on to something else.

Feb 01, 2018

A tender, loving book. I am so grateful that I found this at the library.

Jun 08, 2017

Narcissistic, self referential, more of a diary than novel.


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