Jennifer's journal : the life of a subUrban girl

by Cruté, Jennifer,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Hill District Graphic Novels q PN6727.C78 Z46 2014x vol. 1
Location  CLP - Hill District
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  q PN6727.C78 Z46 2014x vol. 1
CLP - Homewood Graphic Novels q PN6727.C78 Z46 2014x vol. 1
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  q PN6727.C78 Z46 2014x vol. 1
By turns funny, poignant, melancholic, and life-affirming, Jennifer's Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl  is a graphic memoir that chronicles the life of a quirky, petite, freckled-faced African American illustrator and artist. The journal depicts Jennifer's struggles with work, depression, sex and sexuality, and religion while poking fun at the stereotypes she encounters along the way. Featuring a host of colorful characters--from grumpy family members to gossipy schoolmates to New York City archetypes like the nosy neighbor or the guy selling raw oxtails at the Laundromat--it is an entertaining and humorous look at life with awkward insights from Jennifer's close friends as well as from her imaginary companions: the meditative Miss Buddha Bear, her nemesis Mean Mama, and the rest of her tyrannical friends. Each of these characters shape Jennifer's ability to maintain peace of mind while battling the insane stereotypes around race, class, and gender contained in mainstream and popular culture. It's a story that will resonate with anyone who grew up feeling like an outsider.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this first volume of her comic memoir, Cruté catalogues the hilarities, absurdities, and day-to-day trials of an African-American girl growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey in the 1980s. The coloring-book vibe and looseness suits some, but not all, of her tales, which range widely: humorous family anecdotes, her grandma's number-one home remedy (Vaseline), encounters with casual public racism, her father's numerous infidelities, and her struggles to find the right spiritual path. Crute's anecdotes are intriguing, but much of the time they feel more like scattered incidents in her life, rather than full-blown stories. Her style of cute character drawings also struggles to pair appropriately with the content at times. While some stories (such as her finding and eating cake out of a trash can) are perfect, others (such as her parents' fierce arguments or her mother's physical abuse) seem diminished by the seemingly carefree drawing style. Here's hoping the tone will smooth out in future volumes. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cruté, Jennifer -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Women cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
African American women -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
African American families -- Comic books, strips, etc.
City and town life -- Comic books, strips, etc.
New Jersey -- Comic books, strips, etc.
New York (N.Y.) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Greenbelt, MD :Rosarium Publishing,2014
Other Titles Life of a subUrban girl
Life of a sub urban girl
Audience Not recommended for children.
Language English
Description volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780990319160
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