French Milk

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
French Milk
Through drawings, photographs and musings, Lucy Knisley documents a six-week trip she and her mother took to Paris when each was facing a milestone birthday.--Cover p. [4].

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster, 2008
Edition: First Touchstone trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781416575344
Branch Call Number: 910.4 Kn
Characteristics: 193 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm


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Oct 07, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The drawings are simple, but I like the combination of drawings and photographs. Still, this novel reads like an ordinary tourist visit to Paris, with lots of emphasis on eating and shopping, and little insight into the author and her relationships with others.

Apr 18, 2014
  • ISTALKYOURBOOKS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not as good as Relish but it's still a good book.

Oct 05, 2012
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In 2007 Lucy Knisley and her mother spent five weeks in Paris together and French Milk is the resulting graphic novel of this time. I doubt very much that I will ever travel to Paris, but this fun little book with it’s details on museums, parks, art galleries and restaurants made me a very happy armchair traveller. Lucy comes across as a sensitive soul in her twenties which of course means a fair amount of internal drama which unfortunately she mentions only marginally. Lucy is not about to bare her soul or even delve into details about her relationship with her mother which was a bit of a disappointment as I found her mother an interesting character and I would have liked to have gotten to know both these women better.

Drawn in black and white, with real photographs scattered throughout this travel journal is fairly self-indulgent, but still enjoyable as a light read. I really can’t say that I will take anything from this book, or that it will linger in my mind in any way, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it for it’s light, trivial look at Paris.

May 08, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Generally a cute graphic-travellogue. The premise is that the author spends a few weeks in Paris with her mom while working on her final project for her undergraduate degree - which is essentially this book. The story moves along at a nice pace, includes quirky observations and does a nice job of balancing the grandiose history of Paris with contemporary references that keep it modern (the trip takes place in Dec 06 - Jan 07).

There is extensive mention of all the food the author and her mom eat - sometimes it felt like I was just reading their daily menus (foie gras sounds exotic the first time or two, but after a while I felt like it was the book's filler). It would have been nice if she fleshed out her observations of the places she goes in Paris - more detailed drawings of markets and monuments - but that's easy for me to say in hindsight (as a traveller, I know travelling is not as glamorous as it seems).

The aspect of the narrative I didn't connect with as much was the focus on the author's 22nd birthday. When I was 22, I felt similar things about myself, life and the world - but now that I'm a ways past 22, reading the diary of a younger person feels a bit tiresome. I think this book will resonate with those in their early 20's - and there's nothing wrong with that!

Nov 21, 2010
  • jdneochi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lucy Knisley is an illustrator, author and singer. As well as a maker of funny puppet videos, which you can see on youtube by searching her name.

Her book French Milk was written about her 6 week stint in France with her mother. She describes the food, the people, and all the places she went to. It's almost like a tour of the place without having to be there.

She doesn't hold back any details, even talks about how much she misses her boyfriend and briefly delves into the aspects of a relationship, which are seldom written about and rarely by a female author. But it is this aspect of her writing that makes one love her writing. It is real as real gets because she doesn't hold back her feelings on the matter, however briefly it is discussed.

Anyways, again, this is a travel book which sometimes uses french terms, so have a french-english dictionary handy.

Jun 24, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a very cute read - it made me want to take off to Paris for six weeks! I loved the details, observances and drawings about the sights, the food, the shopping, their experiences, the artwork, the people...It was nice to get a peek at such a wonderful vacation!

Dec 05, 2009
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Graphical book. Very charming! Love all the details about food, art, shopping and people that make a holiday memorable. I can't think of anything better - a mother daughter vacation to Paris. Perhaps it touched me so much because my daughter is Lucy's age. I would reread again before travelling there, it would be a great little guide.


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May 08, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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