At a Crossroads: Between a Rock and My Parents' Place

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After graduating from college and spending a magical year abroad writing our best-selling A Year in Japan, Kate T. Williamson felt ready for anything. But, like many a postgraduate, she needed some time to figure out just what that anything was. Her parents' house in Pennsylvania seemed like the perfect place for a brief layover, but twenty-three months later, Williamson was still contemplating the past and the future, while explaining to curious neighbors that, at present, her ...

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Overview

After graduating from college and spending a magical year abroad writing our best-selling A Year in Japan, Kate T. Williamson felt ready for anything. But, like many a postgraduate, she needed some time to figure out just what that anything was. Her parents' house in Pennsylvania seemed like the perfect place for a brief layover, but twenty-three months later, Williamson was still contemplating the past and the future, while explaining to curious neighbors that, at present, her life was "at a crossroads."

At a Crossroads is a unique graphic memoir about the common, yet little-discussed, "boomerang years." With sharp wit and expressive drawings, Williamson illustrates the joys, disappointments, comforts, and embarrassments of life back home with mom and dad. Highlights and low points include celebrating her twenty-fourth birthday at a Hall & Oatesconcert with her mother; noticing the train sounds from her bedroom for the first time; battling an infestation of squirrels;discovering that the ballet class she has signed up for is actually for children, and attending anyway; getting mail fromher college crush, who has developed an interest in taxidermy; wearing a chain-mail belt of her own creation to her cousin'sRenaissance-themed wedding. Moving from season to season, Williamson uses her delightful illustrations and vivid descriptions to discover the beauty and truth inside every hilarious episode. At a Crossroads is a book for young and old alike, or for anyone contemplating the little things worth noting in the times of our lives we often erase from our histories.

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In this sequel to A Year in Japan (Princeton Architectural, 2006), Williamson returns home to work on a book and figure out what she wants to do with her life. Like its predecessor, Crossroads collects anecdotes and vignettes, and brings them together to create a perfect picture of someone lost at age 20-something. Highlights of her story include a Hall and Oates concert, flirting with the cute boy in the neighborhood who's just a little too young for her, battling noisy squirrels in the attic, and making a chain-mail outfit to wear at her cousin's Renaissance-themed wedding. And of course, she is constantly plagued by the question, "So what are you up to these days?" Williamson's light touch is what makes this work funny without being cruel, and, occasionally, sad without being depressing. The visuals, with their bright pastels, will appeal more immediately to girls. But anyone who has ever felt the frustration and malaise of figuring out the future will relate to and laugh along with this author's touching story.-Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568987149
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate T. Williamson is the author of A Year in Japan. She is a writer and illustrator who studied filmmaking at Harvard University. Williamson grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and now lives in New York City

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    Charming!

    I got that tickled feeling in my heart you get when you're almost laughing out loud a bunch of times throughout the book.

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