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Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures
Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures | Noelle Stevenson
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From Noelle Stevenson, the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Nimona, comes a captivating, honest illustrated memoir that finds her turning an important corner in her creative journey--and inviting readers along for the ride.In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world.Whether it's hearing the wrong name called at her art school graduation ceremony or becoming a National Book Award finalist for her debut graphic novel, Nimona, Noelle captures the little and big moments that make up a real life, with a wit, wisdom, and vulnerability that are all her own.
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Lovelylottereader
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Oh. My. God. This book.
I can‘t even begin to put into words how I feel about it.
5⭐️.

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Lovelylottereader
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Every cell in my body has died and grown again.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

This isn‘t a resolution, a happy ending—it‘s the beginning.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

Take a breath, as well as you can and prepare for the careful climb down.
You have a long life still to live and many more mountains to climb.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You‘re not okay, but you will be.
You are not done fighting yet.
And you will see the sun again.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You have broken.
But you will not stay broken.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

Here‘s what they don‘t tell you about climbing mountains.
Almost everyone who dies, dies in the way down.
The summit, as much as you want it, is only the halfway point.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

Could you use your scales to protect instead of hurt?
Could you control your fire so it warms instead of destroys?

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Lovelylottereader
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It keeps you warm.
It eats you alive.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

In the end, what she had to learn to do was live…
And this time, really, say yes to life.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

“You fought your way out of the dark. I will too.”

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

It seems inevitable that we will tear ourselves apart but maybe it has always felt that way.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

Your broken heart still beats.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson
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This page! ❤️😭🤩🥲

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

How strange, to have such pride in the part of myself that seemed to be missing.

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Lovelylottereader
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I could take pictures of every page in this book.

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Lovelylottereader
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It‘s Friday.
I‘m in love.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

A change is coming, I can feel it.
The air is heavy with it.
I think I‘m falling, but I don‘t care.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You‘re not a little girl anymore.
You don‘t want the things you thought you wanted then.
You‘re fine.
You‘re hard as diamonds.

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Lovelylottereader
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😭

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

I dream of flying.
I can touch the clouds and it‘s everything I ever thought it would be.
You forget it isn‘t real.
And when you wake up, the ache you thought was gone is still there after all.
You‘ll never fly like that.
And the clouds are only water.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

I know you‘ll never love me.
That‘s okay.
I only wanted the desire and none of the risk.

Sharv_Sona This quote is so beautiful and terrifyingly sad at the same time 😍 2mo
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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson
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Like I said: amazing art!

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson
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The art in this book is sooooo good!

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson
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Wow.

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Lovelylottereader
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“There is a hole that I don‘t want to fill, a demon I have come to love.”

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Lovelylottereader
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🤩🫠😭

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You explode like a firework and your heart breaks so violently and out of the pieces something beautiful grows.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You are trying to tell the world who you are, but they don‘t seem to understand. So you pick up a pen and you draw.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You want the world to see you and hear you, but you don‘t know yet what you are trying to say.

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Lovelylottereader
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Already all the feels!

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tjwill
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I used some of my Christmas gift card on these, a graphic novel and a graphic memoir. I‘m looking forward to reading them!

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elkeOriginal
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Pickpick

This is a heartfelt memoir in mostly drawings about several years in her young adulthood as her career and personal life were taking off.
She distills feelings SO well in one or two drawings! Noelle struggled with depression, coming out, gender confusion, religion, etc so it is not light reading.
But as a fan of her graphic novels, I am glad I read more about her in her own words/images. She is pretty amazing and brave to put herself out there.

elkeOriginal She uses all pronouns now so I used ‘her‘ as she identified herself in this book. FYI before you correct me 😉 11mo
elkeOriginal This also was my first #pantone2022 title! #bubblegum @Clwojick 11mo
Clwojick Love the colour match! 💖💖 11mo
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monalyisha
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This graphic memoir, told in the format of Noelle Stevenson‘s “Year in Review” updates from 2011-2019 is earnest and vulnerable…but somehow still guarded. It‘s hard to feel, as a reader, that you‘re not getting the complete story (& not as a literary device, either)…but to also feel, as an understanding person, that maybe you‘re not owed that.

*Continued 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: The pieces we‘re given are well-told. Stevenson‘s quest for authenticity (artistic & personal), struggles with mental health, and lust for life & love are all evident. 12mo
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monalyisha
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I appreciate this doodle, as I was once (pre-Bones) the Treasurer of an “I Love David Boreanaz Fan Club.”

We all had matching t-shirts adorned with puffy-painted smiley faces with fangs.

*Note: I don‘t know why I was elected Treasurer. I‘m not a numbers gal. But I suspect my acceptance of the position had something to do with the sparkly pink Kaboodle in which we kept our (lemonade sale) funds. Très chic.

Suet624 😀😀 12mo
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monalyisha
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☕️ 🤢 ☕️

TheKidUpstairs ??? I've done that so many times... "I'm hungry, but I don't know what I want, so I'll just drink some tea!" 12mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Also guilty of “hydrating” with iced coffee. “Ice cubes are water!” 🤦‍♀️ I actually have a DIESEL water bottle on my Christmas Wishlist this year. I‘m hoping it helps. 😅 (edited) 12mo
FantasyChick I feel so seen now 😆 I also forget to get my water in too often. I was doing good at the office but since I've been working from home....I just stand in the shower longer and hope my pores suck up the moisture 🤣🤣 12mo
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monalyisha @FantasyChick You‘re like the one plant in my house that seems to be THRIVING! It lives in my bathroom & definitely gets a ton of moisture from our showers.😅 12mo
FantasyChick Bahahaha I have one of those too! Years I haven't been able to kill it. Just chills in the bathroom and lives 🤣 12mo
DimeryRene 🤣 12mo
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Lovelylottereader
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I finished this book in one sitting. I‘m not even kidding. It was THAT GOOD! I loved it, it was very personal and emotional. I think it‘s safe to say I cried because least three different parts. I have SO MUCH respect for Noelle Stevenson for creating and publishing something so beautiful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reyzl I want to read it!! 12mo
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Lovelylottereader
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“I think it‘s time that you shed your skin and climb out of the hole you have dug yourself in. Here‘s your second chance. What will you do?”

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

Love your younger self, and let them die.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

You‘re not okay, but you will be.
You are not done fighting yet and you will see the sun again.

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Lovelylottereader
The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson

It turns out there can be freedom in the falling, and strength in the breaking.

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Lovelylottereader
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The dedication! I love it already.

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WanderingBookaneer
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I just found out that Noelle Stevenson is married to Molly Knox Ostertag and they are now my favorite lesbian couple.

GondorGirl The wedding photos they posted online are beautiful. They're so adorable and talented. 🧡🧡 1y
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sarahgreatlove
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This was so interesting… I love the author and am a big Lumberjanes/She-ra fan… and it‘s poignant reading this knowing her journey from the end onwards (she/he/they are transitioning, sort of - they explain it better than me!) I think there is a lot to mull over here for people from religious backgrounds too. I read it digitally but would like to reread in paper. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this one but was slightly frustrated at some of the detail that was withheld (ie. mentioning secret projects but not necessarily what they were). Glad the library got this one in.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Idk why I found this so funny ✨

britt_brooke 😂😂 2y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Hmm - seems an odd choice to put this in with the junior graphic novels (but this is what happens when you outsource orders and cataloguing)

Kenyazero ???"I see you author The Lumberjanes. All of your work must be teen and YA" 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Kenyazero, I think that‘s probably the logic that landed this in junior but I think it would be better appreciated and just more at home in the teen or adult collection. 2y
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Lindy
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Noelle Stevenson is the author of Nimona, a co-creator of The Lumberjanes, and showrunner for She-Ra. In her moving “memoir in pictures” that covers highlights and low points from age 17 to 27, she mostly addresses her younger selves, focusing on the ways she grows and changes. She writes honestly about creative drive, steps to improve her mental health, coming to terms with failure, and coming out of the closet. #LGBTQ #comics

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Lindy
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An example of what I meant in my previous post about the way John Gardner‘s Grendel, told from the point of view of a monster, links to other books I‘m reading.

Cathythoughts I love this post & your comment ... intriguing stuff 2y
Lindy @Cathythoughts Thanks! 😘🤗 2y
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Lindy
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ItsAnotherJen 😅🤣 yes.. 2y
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