Imagine Wanting Only This

By: Kristen Radtke

This gorgeous graphic memoir is about loss, love, and confronting grief. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781101870839

JLG Release: Aug 2017


Sensitive Areas: War, Mild sexual themes, Alcohol
Topics: Ruins , Romantic relationships , Photographs , Travel , Memory , Guilt , College , Loss , Grief , Writing

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Awards & Honors

Booklist 2017 Top 10 Graphic Novels and Most Page-Turning Nonfiction
Booklist Top 10 Books 2017, Graphic Novels Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Memoirs
BuzzFeed 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This insightful, lyrical graphic novel is part memoir, part meditation on mortality and geography. After her beloved uncle died young as the result of a rare genetic condition, Radtke, who may have the same condition, began contemplating her own mortality and permanence in general. She became obsessed with the ruins of c
[STARRED REVIEW]
This insightful, lyrical graphic novel is part memoir, part meditation on mortality and geography. After her beloved uncle died young as the result of a rare genetic condition, Radtke, who may have the same condition, began contemplating her own mortality and permanence in general. She became obsessed with the ruins of civilization: How is Greece’s crumbling Parthenon different than the buildings of Gary, IN, or the remains of the U.S. naval base on Corregidor in the Philippines? The book focuses on Radtke’s life in college and grad school, and teens will identify with her desire to find her place, emotionally and geographically. With a melancholy air, the nonlinear narrative cycles between past and present, between general history and the more intimate history of Radtke’s own life. The black-and-white illustrations occasionally incorporate photographs and adroitly capture small details and the passage of time as she rails against, and ultimately accepts, the transitory nature of life and tries to figure out what it all means. VERDICT This moving and thought-provoking account will resonate with most teens. A vital addition to graphic novel collections.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA

Book Details

ISBN

9781101870839

First Release

August 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

920.72 B

Trim Size

9" x 7"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level GN960L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Pantheon

Potentially Sensitive Areas

War, Mild sexual themes, Alcohol

Topics

Ruins, Romantic relationships, Photographs, Travel, Memory, Guilt, College, Loss, Grief, Writing,

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