You & A Bike & A Road

You & A Bike & A Road

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"In 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross-country bike tour as it happened. The immediacy of Davis’ comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Koyama Press, 2017
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, color illustrations on endpapers; 22 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781927668405 (paperback)
1927668409 (paperback)
Call Number: 796.64092 DAVIS
Alternative Title: You and a bike and a road

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PedalPowered
Nov 11, 2020

Eleanor Davis’ graphic memoir of her bicycle tour from Arizona to Georgia is camping under bridges and in culverts. It is meeting strangers and making them your people. It is honest, true and real. It takes life down to the basics, one pedal stroke, after another. Aching knees, fear, self-doubt and depression all make an appearance, but things somehow feel better when Eleanor is bicycling. Border Patrol is a looming presence throughout the journey. Davis witnesses a young man who drives his car into a canal with Border Patrol deputies following closely behind attempting to capture the man with their lasso. There is a full spectrum of emotional highs and lows. And while I did not cry, I promptly requested all of Eleanor Davis’ other titles!

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elixe
Mar 24, 2020

Beautiful Solitary Wonder!!!!

PimaLib_WrenS Jan 04, 2020

Honest, emotional and real. You feel the author's excitement and her love of adventure, and also feel the hurt and fear she experiences in her journey. Raw and gritty, it gives an insight in to the author's struggle- with the physical tolls of her bike trip and of her internal hardships.

The art style is quirky, and unpolished in the cutest way.

JessicaGma Sep 06, 2018

It's a different sort of memoir that's simply drawn but that's alright as it's a sparse story if cycling solo. The tone suits the story well.

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mclarjh
Apr 08, 2018

Simple pencil drawings, and matter of fact spare prose, describe the author's bike trip.

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coop_zero
Oct 14, 2017

Makes me want to finally do that long bike trip I have been thinking about for years. This book is funny, informative, real, tear jerking at points and really take you along on the adventure.

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BWilsoned
Aug 19, 2017

I have always wanted to take a long bike trip, but have always found excuses not to do it. I love Eleanor's story, that she tried, she fretted, and she stopped when she needed to stop. I'm going to use her as an example of trying things that might seem scary and succeeding!

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PedalPowered
Nov 11, 2020

PedalPowered thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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