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If Merrill Markoe Knew Then What She Knows Now...

BY MEGAN LABRISE • November 24, 2020

Emmy-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe’s childhood diaries inspired her new graphic memoir.

On this week’s episode, Merrill Markoe discusses We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe (Algonquin, Oct. 20), a witty, wise, subversive look back at the author’s personal journal juvenilia.

Growing up in Florida and California in the 1950s and ‘60s, Markoe fell in love with TV, movies, and a string of lackluster boys she’d never want to look up on Facebook today. In We Saw Scenery, today’s Merrill meets up with the Merrill who wrote in the diaries—hilarity and poignance ensue.

Kirkus: “Markoe’s bold, sometimes absurdist drawings and the often chiding conversations she imagines between her mature and adolescent selves enhance the comedy at the heart of this thought-provoking story about what happens when the wisdom of age confronts the follies and foibles of youth. … A memoir that is both relatable and subversive.”

Markoe and host Megan Labrise talk about winning the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing; great opening lines; what it takes to turn your brain into a character; why it’s best to let first loves lie; how Markoe became a “smart-ass,” and why she wrestled a woman at Andy Kaufman’s behest.

And in a sponsored interview, Labrise talks with Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith, author and illustrator of I Talk Like a River (Neal Porter Books, Sept. 1), a picture book Kirkus calls, "An astounding articulation of both what it feels like to be different and how to make peace with it" (starred review).

Then editors Vicky Smith, Laura Simeon, Eric Liebetrau, and Laurie Muchnick join with their reading recommendations for the week.

 

Editors’ picks:

Bulldozer Friends by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha (Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt)

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon (Penguin Young Readers)

Humans by Brandon Stanton (St. Martin’s)

The Orchard by David Hopen (Ecco/HarperCollins)

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

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