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Long Story Short

100 Classic Books in Three Panels

Long Story Short
Lisa Brown By (author)
Product ID:  73503
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Algonquin Books

Limited ***

7.9 X 7.4 in
80 pg

HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons
HUMOR / Topic / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
HUMOR / Form / Parodies


Acclaimed author and illustrator Lisa Brown (The Airport Book, Goldfish Ghost) brings her sly sense of humor to comic-strip condensations of classic and contemporary literature.


"You probably began this quarantine with dreams of rereading Moby-Dick or Persuasion. But if you’re like me, you’re finding it hard to concentrate on anything more than a tweet. Fortunately, Lisa Brown has just published Long Story Short, a witty collection of cartoon book reviews."
Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"A collection of three-panel comics that slyly condense hefty works of literature."
Lucy Knisley, author and illustrator of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

"It’s lighter than CliffsNotes and quite possibly more entertaining than the originals (the horror, the horror!)"


Author Bio

Lisa Brown draws things like illustrations and comics, writes things like books and book reviews, and teaches things to kids and college students. Her debut picture book, How to Be, was one of the Thirteen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy.  She is a comics contributor at The Rumpus and teaches illustration at the California College of the Arts. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. You can find her online at or on Twitter: @lisabrowndraws.