By Jessica Goodman
Updated August 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
Penguin Random House

Spiegelman’s family story has been told before, as a footnote in her dad Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-winning graphic novel, Maus. But here, she dives into her matriarchal lineage through wine-soaked discussions with her mother, longtime New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly, and her French grandmother, Josée. Nadja finds herself looking through a fun-house mirror of her familial past and her own confusing adolescence, which was overshadowed by her successful parents and the trauma of 9/11. At times, it’s hard to empathize with her indulgent recounting of a privileged upbringing in New York, but she saves herself with prose that’s tender and delicate.

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