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New Graphic Novel

Do you ever read graphic novels? This week, I flew through…

Dancing at the Pity Party, a new graphic memoir by Tyler Feder, about losing her mother when she was in college.

She discovers her mom has cancer before her sophomore year.

She watches her mom go through chemo, lose her hair and grow weaker.

And, finally, Tyler talks about her mother’s death, the funeral and sitting shiva. (I also loved learning about the Jewish rituals around death, which were so thoughtful.) Tyler says “this book is for my mom and for me and for anyone struggling with loss who just wants someone to GET IT.”

The memoir is beautiful, heartbreaking and full of love. And the illustrations add so much — a slumped shoulder, tear-filled eyes, a low-key high five — so you feel like you’re right there with her.