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Was She Pretty?
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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A SINGULAR EXPLORATION OF MODERN LOVE AND ALL ITS DEMONS, IN WORDS AND DRAWINGSIn this brilliant gem of a book, artist/writer Leanne Shapton weaves together a voyeuristic tale of love and life through epigrammatic vignettes and sleek line drawings. Entire relationships are encapsulated in a few, stingingly perfect lines: "Colleen was Walter's ex-girlfriend from med school. She loved to dance with men at weddings." Pricking our insecurities, Shapton introduces us to Kim, whose ex "kept a drawerful of love letters in a kitchen drawer . . . She would stare at it while she cooked." And Ben's ex, "a physiotherapist for the U.S. men's and women's Olympic swim teams. She wore small white shorts year-round."Fascinated by her own jealousy, Shapton interviewed acquaintances about their anxieties and peccadilloes, and the result is a book of surpassing originality: one of those unusual books that comes along to delight us all, like An Exaltation of Larks or Love, Loss, and What I Wore or Griffin and Sabine. Was She Pretty? can also share the shelf with the work of the legendary William Steig, whose early, psychologically revealing work inspired Shapton. An unflinching observer of human behavior, she invites us to peer into the hearts and minds of her characterswhile reminding us that we shouldn't be surprised if we see ourselves staring right back.
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readsusieread
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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Stole these from @Lacythebookworm and read them last night for #boutofbooks! I LOVED Was She Pretty. The concept and execution were simple but 👌.

Lacythebookworm Yay! So glad you liked it! 😍 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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The premise of Shapton‘s short book is that everybody has an ex and everybody‘s been an ex. After discovering pictures of her boyfriend‘s ex in his apartment, she decided to interview friends and ask “What qualities did they have that their replacements didn‘t? And vice versa?” This book is the result. The art work is simple, but works perfectly.

Aleksandra It‘s funny that you picked to take a picture of that page, I speak Polish! 😂 2y
Lacythebookworm @Aleksandra Do you have an ex named Monty?! 😂 2y
Aleksandra @Lacythebookworm no 😭and my name isn‘t weronika 😂 2y
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Monique What a cute concept! 2y
readsusieread Okay. You have to let me read that. 2y
Lacythebookworm @Monique I thought so, too! And well executed 😊 2y
Lacythebookworm @readsusieread I‘ll have it for you Monday 😘 2y
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Lacythebookworm
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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These four graphic novels will be coming home with me for the weekend 😍

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Monique Ooooh! ❤️ so many pretty comics 😊 2y
Lacythebookworm @Monique Yes!! I work in an academic library with a graphic novel special collection and I‘m hoping to take full advantage this year! 2y
Monique @Lacythebookworm I love that! I feel passionately that comics is a fantastic medium to tell stories so I‘m always glad to hear about libraries with strong collections 😊 2y
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JamieArc
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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A study of the curiosity of your partner's exes. An illustration on one page, a sentence or short paragraph on the opposite page. Simple, yet it's made me think much more than anything I've read recently. Leanne Shapton's work belongs on my bookshelf.

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LindsayReads
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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Three graphic novels I've really enjoyed on being young and figuring out your place in the world. #startswithuvw #marchintorreading

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Nafiza
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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Mehso-so

This is an odd book, a bit experimental and unconventional. Basically, like an afternoon spent gossiping with your friends about their exes. Extremely heterosexual though one bi woman is mentioned so representation is skewed. This was okay.
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OneLitChick
Was She Pretty? | Leanne Shapton
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Came across this graphic novel at my fave bookstore today. I read it in about 20 minutes while waiting on the status of some books I brought in to their trade desk. It was funny, weird, sad, and not really any of that. I guess it was just meh. If you're super cultured and hella artsy, put it on your coffee table. If you aren't, pass it up... or read it at the bookstore like I did.

courtney Haha! I checked this one out for the library once, carted in home in a stack of like 15 other books, read it in less than 20 mins like you and was like "....oh." 3y
OneLitChick @courtney bahahaha! Glad I'm not the only one! 3y
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