A pros and cons list for strong feelings / Will Betke-Brunswick.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Detroit Lakes Public Library||G 921 BET (Text)||33500013711940||New||Checked out||12/22/2022|
- ISBN: 9781953534453
- ISBN: 1953534457
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2022.
"During Will Betke-Brunswick's sophomore year of college, their beloved mother, Elizabeth, is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. They only have ten more months together, which Will documents in evocative two-color illustrations. But as we follow Will and their mom through chemo and hospital visits, their time together is buoyed by laughter, jigsaw puzzles, modern art, and vegan BLTs. In a delightful twist, Will portrays their family as penguins, and their friends are cast as a menagerie of birds. In between therapy and bedside chats, they navigate uniquely human challenges, as Will prepares for math exams, comes out as genderqueer, and negotiates familial tension. A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings is an act of loving others and loving oneself, offering a story of coming-of-age, illness, death, and life that announces the arrival of a talented storyteller in Will Betke-Brunswick. At its heart, Will's story is a celebration of a mother-child relationship filled with unconditional devotion, humor, care, and openness"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 November #2
Betke-Brunswick alchemizes their beloved mother's death into an affecting tribute to emotional resilience and everlasting love. For reasons not quite clear, Betke-Brunswick transforms their immediate quartet (two parents, two kids) into an adorable waddle of penguins, with extended family, friends, and acquaintances presented as other avian broods. As a college sophomore expecting their parents to arrive for a visit, Betke-Brunswick instead learns their mother is seriously ill and quickly flies home. She will, in fact, have just 10 months left to live. As they track their mother's inevitable decline, they also memorialize the joy and humor, interspersed with flashbacks from the quotidian (their mother's deft slicing of bagels; eschewing the radio for books on tape) to the heartfelt (playing their song; sharing unique nicknames) to the utterly life-changing (coming-of-age as genderqueer). Despite the spare page count, Betke-Brunswick's memoir composed of resonating line-drawn panels in blue, white, and orange proves dense with plenty more pros than cons for eternally binding, never forgetting strong feelings. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
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