French Milk

FrenchMilk

By Lucy Knisley

French Milk is a travel journal made up of drawings, art, writing, and photographs that reads like a comic book and chronicles a six-week trip to Paris the author takes with her mother. The two celebrate milestone birthdays and set out to explore all that the city has to offer from their rented flat in the fifth arrondissement. They watch fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, visit Oscar Wilde’s grave, and spend a fair amount of time hanging out in cafes and preparing delicious meals. What results is much more than a travelogue, and is in fact a wonderful, personal snapshot of a mother-daughter relationship.

About the Author

Lucy Knisley is an illustrator, comic artist, and author. Occasionally she is a puppeteer, ukulele player, and food/travel writer. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies. During the month and a half she spent in Paris she estimates that she ate approximately sixty croissants, more than four hundred cornichons, and a metric ton of chocolate mousse. She has been making comics in some form or another since she could hold a pencil.

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