The cover to You & a Bike & a Road, featuring an illustration of a person riding a bike through an isometric view of a city, with sweat drops coming off of them. The title is stylized in speech bubbles coming from the many cars that clog the streets.
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Eleanor Davis

You and a Bike and a Road

On sale date: July 2, 2024

A two-wheeled journey across the landscape of America, and through the heart and mind of an artist.

Eleanor Davis's bike tour from Tucson, Arizona to Athens, Georgia is a quest of epic proportions — not just geographically, which it surely is, but inwardly as well. While facing off formidable headwinds, drivers with reckless abandon, and screaming knee pain, the author confronts an even greater challenge — her own mind. Life on two wheels teaches her many lessons, and she narrates them with keen observation and self-deprecating candor through a series of funny, touching vignettes. Companionship from fellow travelers and the generosity of colorful strangers propel Davis along the open road. A tale of serendipitous encounters, surprising friendship, perseverance, and tenderness, Eleanor Davis's You & A Bike & A Road reveals the power, and truth, of the most efficient mode of human transportation — a bicycle.

Praise

"Davis's comics have an immediacy that pulls the reader in. That even these on-the-go comics demonstrate her mastery of line and shape is testament to how superb a cartoonist she is." — Zainab Akhtar - The Guardian

"You and a Bike and a Road is a lovely, slow book about going on a journey — not an epic, world-dominating circumnavigation, but something quieter and more intimate." — Jon Day - The New York Review of Books

"You and a Bike and a Road is Eleanor Davis' personal exploration of roadside America, US immigration politics, and the autobiographical comics form." — Chris Gavaler - PopMatters

"[You and a Bike and a Road is] done in beautiful and simple graphite illustration, and captures day-to-day moments touching on border patrol and racism, mental and physical health, and the kindness of strangers." — Colleen Kolba - Entropy

"Sometimes, it's the small things that count, and Davis' travelogue of a cycle trip between states — from her parents house back home, off-road and by bicycle — is a celebration of that impulse, focusing on the tiny triumphs (The kindness of strangers, the surprise of riding further than expected on a given day) and the frailties of us all in such a way as to turn a specific experience into something universal, and charmingly heartwarming." — Graeme McMillan - The Hollywood Reporter

Specs

Pages
172
Format
Hardback
Color
Black-and-white.
Dimensions
6.5" × 9.6"
ISBN-13
9781683969419
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