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Dancing at the pity party : a dead mom graphic memoir / by Tyler Feder.

Feder, Tyler, (author,, illustrator,, letterer.).

Tyler Feder had just white-knuckled her way through her first year of college when her super cool mom was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Now, with a decade of grief and nervous laughter under her belt, Tyler shares the story of that gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, extremely awkward time in her life - from her mom's first oncology appointment to her funeral and shiva week through the beginning of facing reality as a motherless daughter. She shares the sting of loss that never goes away, the uncomfortable post-death firsts, and the deep-down, hart-to-talk-about feelings of the grieving process - but also the ways a premature death of a loved one can eventually enrich your life. Dancing at the Pity Party is a frank and refreshingly funny look at what it's like to grieve - for anyone struggling with loss who just wants someone to get it.

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  • ISBN: 9780525553021 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0525553029 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780525553038
  • Physical Description: 201 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Maw -- Uh-oh -- Compartmentalization -- The worst day -- Making arrangements -- The death circus, part 1 -- The death circus, part 2 -- The new normal -- The good, the bad, and the awkward (but mostly the bad, if we're really being honest) -- Motherless 4ever -- Afterword: A whole bunch of photos.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12 and up. Dial Books for Young Readers.
Grades 7-9. Dial Books for Young Readers.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 5.5 3 3 510125
Subject: Feder, Tyler > Comic books, strips, etc.
Feder, Tyler > Family > Comic books, strips, etc.
Children of cancer patients > United States > Comic books, strips, etc.
Children of cancer patients > United States > Biography.
Mothers and daughters > Comic books, strips, etc.
Terminally ill parents > Comic books, strips, etc.
Death > Comic books, strips, etc.
Grief > Comic books, strips, etc.
Bereavement > Cartoons and comics.
Children of cancer patients > Cartoons and comics.
Mothers and daughters > Cartoons and comics.
Terminally ill parents > Cartoons and comics.
Cartoons and comics.
Genre: Young adult literature.
Graphic novels.
Autobiographical comics.
Biographical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Domestic comics.
Comics (Graphic works)

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library YA GRAPHIC 741.5 (Text) 33062009754442 YA Graphic Available -

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