The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 15, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
At 49, cartoonist Marian Henley hasn't committed to marrying the man with whom she has been dating for seven years. But as the Big 5-0 looms, she realizes that above all else she wants a child. Her story follows the heartbreaking ups and downs of going through the international adoption process; deciding when it's time to grow up and maybe even get married; and in the end, it's the story of a daughter's relationship with her father, and how becoming a mother finally led her to understand him. THE SHINIEST JEWEL is a touching narrative, accompanied by Marian's winsome drawings, that beautifully weaves together her realizations about the joy, and sometimes heartbreak, of building a family.

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful graphic memoir of Henley's attempts at international adoption at the age of 50, her extreme aversion to romantic commitment, and the decline in health of her father. I don't see ... Read full review

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User Review  - kristinbell - LibraryThing

A new graphic novel that you won't want to put down! The story of adoption, life, love, etc. told in adorable cartoons. If you have never read a graphic novel, you should start with this one. You won ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Marian Henley's comic strips have appeared in More, "Glamour, Ms, Heavy Metal, MAD, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly, Dallas Morning News," "Texas Monthly, Austin Chronicle, Utne Reader, "and many other newspapers and magazines. Live-action video adaptations of her comic strip have aired on PBS and The Learning Channel. She is the author of "Maxine!," a graphic novel, and "Laughing Gas," a collection of comic strips. Marian lives in Los Angeles, with her husband Rick and their son William.

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