We Saw Scenery

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A HILARIOUS AND ORIGINAL GRAPHIC MEMOIR BY A COMEDY LEGEND

In her first ever graphic memoir, Merrill Markoe unearths and annotates the diaries she saved over the years to tell the story of how she went from a misfit in junior high and high school to a girl who realized that her secret power was her humor. As documented in her own diary pages, Markoe both illustrates those moments that felt so memorable to her as a young girl, and then interrogates her young self about own questionable choices and the things she fixated on as significant moments—whether it was her supreme embarrassment over her gym uniform, the (in retrospect) anti-Semitic boy she was determined to win over, or her imaginary love affair with John Lennon. Filled with Markoe's own absurdist drawings and actual diary pages, this is a laugh out loud and honest account of her life, and only Merrill Markoe, an acclaimed comedy writer, could bring alive her cache of diaries in this unconventional way.

We Saw Scenery is a warmhearted look at both girlhood and womanhood—and it speaks to everyone who has ever wondered how they grew into the person they are.