A Parisian Holiday: French Milk, by Lucy Knisley

French MilkI moved on from reading Eye of the Crow to something completely different: French Milk, by Lucy Knisley is a memoir, written in graphic novel format, of a month-long holiday the author took with her mother in Paris, France.

I came across this novel when I was reading around the blogosphere (when I do this kind of surfing around, it’s extremely dangerous for my TBR list, which grows at an astronomical rate); I immediately put in a hold request for it from the library (I’m not sure whether my librarians actually like me all that much anymore, because I’m always putting things on hold).

This was a lovely, quick read; what I liked most about it were all the descriptions of the food that Knisley and her mother ate, accompanied by Knisley’s charming illustrations.

Interspersed throughout are black and white photographs from the trip; the photos are a nice accompaniment to Knisley’s drawings.

The preface to the book talks about the self-discoveries Knisley made during the trip, as well as similar revelations about her relationship with her mother, but I didn’t feel this to be the book’s strong point; it’s not so much about the author’s fully coming into adulthood while in Paris, as it is about all the wonderful sights and experiences she had while there. Her mother accompanied her, true, but I didn’t get much insight into their relationship. If anything, I got more of a feel for the author’s relationship with her father, who joined them for a few days of the trip.

French Milk is at its heart a wonderful and charming travel memoir – a fun, quick read that will leave you dreaming of leaving regular life behind for a few lovely weeks in Paris.

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19 thoughts on “A Parisian Holiday: French Milk, by Lucy Knisley

    1. Belle

      I’ve just started really reading graphic novels recently, too. They are just such fun!

      I think you really have to dive into French Milk as a travel memoir, and not as anything really insightful or a coming of age story. As a travel memoir, it’s very charming.

    1. Belle

      I hope you enjoy it, Margot! It’s a quick and easy read. One thing I forgot to mention in my review – her voice really comes through. I could actually see my daughter come up with something like this (only she would use film, of course!).

    1. Belle

      I was surprised my library had it. They don’t have a huge graphic novel collection. Hope you get a hold of it soon, Amanda!

  1. rhapsodyinbooks

    Maybe I’ll put it on hold at the library too, and we’ll start sort a worldwide movement, and nobody will know how it got triggered! I did try to get Eye of the Crow but, like other books in my library’s catalog, it is Missing in Action! It now moves, like so many other books, onto my Amazon wish list!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Moby Dick Mondays – Week 5 =-.

    1. Belle

      I’ve noticed that some bloggers actually have libraries that let you request that they buy a book that they don’t have – unfortunately, mine doesn’t seem to do that, or at least, I haven’t been able to find a sign that they take those kinds of requests anywhere.

      I do hope you get a chance to read Eye of the Crow, though, Jill. I was most impressed with it.

  2. bunnyb

    Aahh.. the title of the book totally caught me! I’m one of those that long to visit Paris. Hopefully it will be soon :)

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