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Fall 2022

Notes from a Sickbed

In 2009, Tessa Brunton experienced the first symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome). She spent much of the next eight years unwell, in a medical… Read More →

  • Lexile: 590
  • Dewey: 741.5/973 [B]
  • Copyright: 2022

Reviews

School Library Journal

“An incredibly authentic and honest look at life with a chronic illness.”—School Library Journal

 

Booklist

“Brunton’s art is distinct and emotionally evocative . . . The memoir achieves its mission to communicate to readers the isolation of chronic illness.”—Booklist

 

Publishers Weekly

“[A]lternates whip-smart humor with searing emotional honesty . . . a revelatory look into one person’s experience managing a chronic condition.”—Publishers Weekly

 

Foreword Reviews

“Notes from a Sickbed is a sympathetic, inspiring graphic memoir account of grappling with an illness.”—Foreword Reviews

 

Kirkus Reviews

“Painfully real.” –starred, Kirkus Reviews

 

Lisa Hanawalt

“Tessa’s intimate, surreal, and impeccably composed diary comics invite you in and wrap around you like a warm quilt. Her work is a soothing balm for the chronic frustrations of living in a human body.” —Lisa Hanawalt, creator of Tuca & Bertie

 

Nicole Georges

“This book is a gorgeous and necessary addition to the canon of graphic medicine.” —Nicole Georges, author-artist, Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

 

Rob Kirby

“Tessa Brunton generously shares with us not only her struggle of living with a chronic, little-understood disease, but also her go-to skills for coping: a sharp wit and a rich, fabulously intricate inner life. And her drawings are gorgeous!” —Rob Kirby, author-artist, Marry Me a…

 

Julia Wertz

“Being stuck at home on the couch with an endless illness should be an absolute nightmare, but somewhere between Tessa’s unruly imagination and her dark sense of humor, she’s created a surprisingly exciting, funny, and strangely uplifting world. A truly unique and wonderful book.” —Julia