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Stitches: A Memoir
Stitches A Memoir
Author: David Small
The prize-winning children?s author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir. — One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780393068573
ISBN-10: 0393068579
Publication Date: 9/8/2009
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 24
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perryfran avatar reviewed Stitches: A Memoir on + 1005 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was a haunting memoir about the author's sad and tragic childhood. The book really deals with some hard issues including parental neglect, lack of family communication, and the fears and nightmares of childhood. This book was recommended to me and was not disappointing. I really hadn't read any graphic novels (or memoirs) since my youth when I devoured comic books, but this is well worth a read/look. The drawings are haunting and go hand in hand with the story. This only took about 30-40 minutes to read but it will be long-lasting in its impressions. High recommendation.
reviewed Stitches: A Memoir on + 337 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is my first graphic novel, and i found the format enriching to the story - the pictures explained beautifully his fears, his nightmares, his losses. I can't imagine words alone would have had the same impact.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed Stitches: A Memoir on + 962 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
STITCHES is David Small's memoir of his horrific childhood with parents who believed that silence was the best way of raising a child. When David was younger, his father treated his sinus infections with heavy doses of radiation. As a result, he developed cancer, and without telling him the reasons for their actions, doctors removed half his vocal chords and rendered him silent at the age of fourteen. STITCHES is drawn in a sparse, black-and-white style that's reminiscent of noir and horror films, as we the readers perceive David's world through his child's eyes. The result is a stomach-twisting but compelling graphic novel memoir.
Chocoholic avatar reviewed Stitches: A Memoir on + 291 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is a graphic autobiographical novel about the author's upbringing in the midwest with distant and sometimes abusive parents. Because of the graphic format, I was able to read it inside of an afternoon. Though it was a brief read, it was difficult to read about David's mistreatment at the hands of his parents, specifically his mother and grandmother. Nonetheless, I did enjoy reading this and am starting to enjoy the graphic novel format.
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dbo avatar reviewed Stitches: A Memoir on + 74 more book reviews
A very emotional story, the facial expressions were really intense and said more than any words could have. This is definitely not a children's book.


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