We Saw Scenery: The Ear­ly Diaries of Mer­rill Markoe

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September 1, 2019
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 her 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) anti­se­mit­ic 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.

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