Image courtesy of Lucy Knisley/ First Second Books. Before reading Knisleys memoir, I didnt realize how wedding planning can start to mess with you. Sure, I had an ideaI have a friend getting married at the end of this month, and while she is a sweet person, she wont deny that the planning can be exhausting and overwhelming. But its never happened to me personally, and not even the comedy and chaos of wedding movies can truly reveal the why of how weddings warp ones reality. (Though Knisley does poke fun at those depictions as well.) Image courtesy of Lucy Knisley/ First Second Books. Knisley gets deep in her reflecting on how relationships with ones mother, no matter how close, are pushed to the limit; how budgets require a kind of magical, out-of-the-box thinking that can force one to take DIY too far (Knisley admits in the book that she and her mom may have been biting off more than they could chew when they decided to build a barn especially for the wedding); even looking at how, in this day and age, weddings are still supposed to be primarily a womans deal. Its interesting, the trajectory my career has taken, Knisley says. Especially in terms of [tackling] getting married and birthing babies and cooking food, and other traditionally feminine pursuits, [which] in the past have been relegated as lesser than, somehow, because they are traditionally feminine. But these concepts are pretty universal, she said, adding, Whats interesting to me is writing about it from the perspective of a woman whos struggling with the concept of traditional gender roles, and these major life events, which are actually not gendered at all. Image courtesy of Lucy Knisley/First Second Books. Fans of Knisleys work will recognize some panels from her regular webcomic, Stop Paying Attention , which also centers on her life and personal experiences. In particular, a comic titled Salvaged Parts , about initially breaking up with her now-husband John because he didnt want to have children, and A Light That Never Goes Out , about suddenly getting engaged to John after having been broken up for three years, both make expanded appearances in Something New.
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