We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe

We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe

In her first ever graphic memoir, four-time Emmy-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe unearths her treasured diaries, long kept under lock and key, to illustrate the hilarious story of her preteen and teen years and how she came to realize that her secret power was her humor. Wielding her layered and comically absurd style, Markoe takes readers back through her time as a Girl Scout, where she learned that “scouting” was really more about learning housewifery skills, to her earliest crushes on uniquely awful boys and her growing obsession with television.

Much has changed in our world since Markoe wrote in her diaries, or has it? Climate change wasn’t yet a rallying call, but the growing hole in the ozone preoccupied Markoe’s young mind. No one was flocking to the desert for Burning Man, but Markoe readily partook in the Ken Kesey Acid Test. As she charts the divide between her adolescence and adulthood, Markoe questions and berates her younger self, revealing how much is opaque to us in those young years.

Perfect for fans of Roz Chast, Allie Brosh, and Lynda Barry, We Saw Scenery is a laugh-out-loud story of a girl growing up, told from the perspective of the woman she became, and it will speak to all who wanted to understand themselves in the midst of their own maturing.

Title:We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781616209032
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    We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe Reviews

  • Rod Brown

    An interesting idea falls flat in execution as the author publishes extracts from her diaries as a tween and teenager in the early 1960s.For a graphic novel, it is text heavy with each page containing...

  • Bandit

    I had no idea who the author was prior to selecting this book to read. A quick Wikipedia search informs me that she is a somewhat renown comic writer, mostly famous as the woman behind The Letterman s...

  • J Earl

    We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe is a hilarious and poignant graphic memoir. The situations, while specific to her and the era, will still be relatable to any adult reflecting on th...

  • Allison

    So glad to have received a copy of this ARC from Netgalley! In this excellent graphic memoir, comedy writer Merrill Markoe gives us a look at her girlhood journals, providing wry and self-deprecating ...

  • Karen

    Well. I am generally a fan of graphic biographies and memoirs, but this one was difficult for me. I can totally relate to the idea of revisiting your childhood diaries, as my mum is a prodigious diari...

  • Susan

    For a woman of a certain age, an embarrassing diary (complete with klunky key) from her teen or preteen years was de rigueur: embarrassingly shallow, embarrassingly self-obsessed, . . .and hystericall...

  • Raven Black

    I had never heard of Merrill Markoe, but now will look into their other works. Reminiscent of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home style (but a lot less serious), this book about growing up in the late 1950's an...

  • Jennifer Schultz

    Read if you: Are a big fan of graphic memoirs by women. I've been hoping for a graphic novel/memoir from Merrill Markoe for a long time, and this was worth the wait! Anyone who's looked back at their ...

  • Robin Blankenship

    I liked this book. I liked the set of her present self talking to her past self. It was engaging but my issues was it was kind of hard to follow sometimes, it just seemed all over the place. The parts...

  • David

    I received this book as an ARC. An enjoyable read. While I can't relate to the specific situations provided in this book, being a different age, religion, and gender, it's all relatable to what I went...