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For Better or For Worse Series

Lynn Johnston
For Better or For Worse is one of the most beloved comic strips of all time, with a devoted audience of more than 220 million. Since it debuted in 1979, the world has watched the Patterson family grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. This new series, produced with Lynn Johnston’s cooperation, is the definitive edition, collecting three decades of comics in nine volumes.
For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3 by Lynn Johnston
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For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3

Book 3
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For Better or For Worse Series : Titles in Order

Book 4
Collect the beloved newspaper comic strip that chronicles the saga of the Patterson family in real time, over three decades, in this definitive edition.

This volume includes the story that earned Lynn Johnston a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The ’90s start with a bang for the Pattersons when Elly finds out she is pregnant! Follow April Patterson as she grows from a toddler to a three year old, all in this single volume, but that isn’t all the excitement in the house, especially when there is a teenager around. Michael gets his first summer job, a steady girlfriend, and a driver’s license–if he passes the test. Adolescence is just as challenging for Elizabeth, who navigates middle school, learns to cope with the stigma of wearing glasses, and is peer-pressured into smoking a cigarette! Meanwhile, John succumbs to his (first) mid-life crisis when he buys his first model train.

The highlight of this collection, however, is Lawrence’s coming out story, a tender and compassionate tale of gender identity and acceptance for which Lynn was deservedly nominated for the newspaper industry’s top honor. Includes every comic strip from December 10, 1989 to April 24, 1993.

Each volume also contains a number of annotations by Lynn Johnston detailing motivations for certain strips, funny anecdotes, observations about the reaction from fans, and much more!
Book 3
The beloved newspaper comic strip that chronicled the saga of the Patterson family in real time, over three decades, continues in this, the definitive edition.

No phone, no light, no motor car, not a single luxury–John and Phil’s canoe trip turns them into castaways on an island! Once back in civilization, John solves his mid-life crisis by buying a sportscar, and Elly improbably winds up in front of a judge as a result! Michael enters junior high school, but not before learning a different sort of life lesson at summer camp with a girl named Martha, while Liz loses her first tooth, gets her ears pierced, and finds herself in a “Mean Girls” situation with her friends at school. Then it’s wedding bells for Uncle Phil, and Lawrence moves back to town–with a new family of his own!

Volume Three, which collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from July 6, 1986 through December 9, 1989, brings to a close the first decade of Lynn Johnston’s modern masterwork, but of course the story is just getting started…

Since their debut in 1979, the Pattersons have felt like family to an audience of over 220 million. This nine volume series devotes three volumes to each decade of the strip. Each volume also contains a number of annotations by Lynn Johnston detailing motivations for certain strips, funny anecdotes, observations about the reaction from fans, and much more!
Book 2
Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time–and to many readers, they feel like family. This new series is the definitive edition, collecting three decades of comics in nine volumes.

The cast expands and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud. New adventures await Elizabeth as she enters kindergarten and has to spend some time in the hospital. Michael has to deal with a bully at school and takes a flight to Vancouver–all by himself! John has an unfortunate accident and is arrested for breaking and entering! And Elly finds a worthwhile cause in heading up a campaign to save the historic city hall which has been scheduled for demolition. Plus, Uncle Phil begins a new relationship and the Enjo family moves next door.

Lynn Johnston’s signature style becomes more defined and her storylines more complex as we carry on through the eighties. Volume Two collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from January 1983 through July 5, 1986, with all Sunday comics printed in color.

Each volume also contains a number of annotations by Lynn Johnston detailing motivations for certain strips, funny anecdotes, observations about the reaction from fans, and much more!
Book 1
Say hello to Elly, John, and the entire Patterson family. It’s the definitive edition to add to your library!

For Better or For Worse is one of the most beloved comic strips of all time, with a devoted audience of more than 220 million. This new series, produced with Lynn Johnston’s cooperation, collects three decades of comics in nine volumes.

Since For Better or For Worse debuted in 1979, the world has watched the Patterson family grow up in real time–and to many readers, they feel like family! This premiere volume includes more than 1,200 sequential daily and Sunday comics–from the beginning! With all of the Sunday comics printed in their original color!

This book is the perfect place to start for both long-time fans and new readers alike. Elizabeth grows from baby to toddler and learns how to talk, Michael goes to kindergarten and meets new friends, John juggles dentistry and diapers, while Elly manages the daily duties of being a dedicated mom, wife, and eventual student, as well as being a willing ear to her friends.

Each volume also contains a number of annotations by Lynn Johnston detailing motivations for certain strips, funny anecdotes, observations about the reaction from fans, and much more!

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