The Saturday Reading List: Bread and Butter #1

Bread and Butter #1 by Liz Mayorga

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The Stats:

  • Publication Date: October 5, 2016
  • Graphic novel, women’s fiction, contemporary, slice of life
  • 2.8/5
  • Warnings: This is super short.

From Goodreads:

Meet Liana Caudillo, a young Latina, who loves music and aspires to design album covers in her beloved San Francisco. Like many other artists in the city, Liana works at the de Young Museum Café. Yet, despite being surrounded by art all day, San Francisco’s growing gap between rich and poor and its growing homogeneity become a challenge. Liana doesn’t find the bohemian city she once dreamed about. Instead, she is surrounded by other service workers, who, like her, are struggling to simply survive. With the daily struggle consuming so much of her life, Liana wonders if she will ever find the time, the peace of mind, or even the inspiration she needs to pursue her dreams.”

Zo’s Review:

Bread and Butter #1 was a very beautifully drawn graphic novel that snapshot like storytelling into the life of the main character Liana, reminds me of other graphic novels such as Fun Home and Persepolis. The entire story is simply done in black and white which I believe adds more to the storytelling than if it was in color.

Though I have never been to San Francisco, the combination of Liz Mayorga‘s writing and illustrations is able to depict nicely Liana’s original ideas about San Francisco and the dreams she hoped to accomplish there along with the reality of Liana’s situations.

Bread and Butter has a lot of potential. However, this is only the first issue and personally, only having 22 pages of actual storytelling didn’t seem enough to fully be able to get a real feel for the story and character or review this piece of work. It felt very much like an introduction with a very abrupt end. However, I really look forward to reading more Bread and Butter issues and other of Mayorga’s work.

I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

What do you all think? Have you read Bread and Butter #1 already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.

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