Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 13, 2021 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 352 pages
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From the acclaimed author of Imagine Wanting Only This—a timely and moving meditation on isolation and longing, both as individuals and as a society

There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns.
 
In Seek You, Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing, and shares what feels impossible to share.
 
Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to the rise of Instagram, the bootstrap-pulling cowboy to the brutal experiments of Harry Harlow, Radtke investigates why we engage with each other, and what we risk when we turn away. With her distinctive, emotionally-charged drawings and deeply empathetic prose, Kristen Radtke masterfully shines a light on some of our most vulnerable and sublime moments, and asks how we might keep the spaces between us from splitting entirely.
 

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User Review  - JesseTheK - LibraryThing

Lovely art, without panels. Most of the rest feels like a newspaper columnist from the 80s who is read newspaper articles about the topics, and is yelling in a popular culture is “get off my mind.” Read full review

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User Review  - jphamilton - LibraryThing

This book just bowled me over. I had only read a handful of graphic novels* over the years, before Kristen Radtke so impressed me with this one. She works in marketing and sales at Pantheon/Random ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
50
Section 2
64
Section 3
65
Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 20
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About the author (2021)

KRISTEN RADTKE is the author of the graphic nonfiction books Seek You and Imagine Wanting Only This. The recipient of a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Radtke is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Harper's, among many other publications.

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