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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama


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ISBN13: 9780618982509
ISBN10: 0618982507
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Leslie Richman, February 21, 2013 (view all comments by Leslie Richman)
This book perfectly captures the essence the tug o' war of emotions otherwise known as the mother/daughter relationship. Alison Bechdel intersperses her own coming to terms/coming out experiences with her relationship with her mom, all funneled through years of therapy. It's weighty stuff that all comes together to create a crisp and pleasing tale of growing up and growing into the layered people we are.
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thenumber2freudscholar, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by thenumber2freudscholar)
A poignant and informative piece of work about innocence, loss, resilience, and the creative impulse. I learned more about developmental psychology from this tragicomic book than five years of psychiatric training. Read this one in one sitting, without looking up.
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Abbey Whitehouse, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Abbey Whitehouse)
Alison Bechdel is a great story teller. Her style is unique, and her story is honest.
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cg52, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by cg52)
When I reviewed my 2012 book reads - this one was my favorite because it reintroduced me to Alison Bechdel's comic art and this memoir was done so creatively and the readers enjoyment is on some many different levels. I have recommended it to a few friends.
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Alex Knisely, February 7, 2012 (view all comments by Alex Knisely)
Delightful to be able to follow further the sensibility that is Bechdel's. Another book, no doubt, that I'll give away over and over again -- you must read this, you MUST read this! -- just as I did FUN HOME.
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Bechdel, Alison
Houghton Mifflin
Prince, Liz
Biography - General
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Trade Cloth
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from 9
220 b/w halftones
9 x 6 in 1 lb
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "There was a danger inherent in the bestselling microscopically examined autobiography of Bechdel's Fun Home, namely that further work from this highly impressive artist could disappear so far down the rabbit hole of her own mind that readers might never find their way back out. Her first book since that masterful 2006 chronicle of her closeted father's suicide narrowly avoids that fate, but is all the stronger for risking it. This Jungian 'comic drama' finds Bechdel investigating the quiet combat of another relationship: that of her distant, critical mother and her own tangled, self-defeating psyche. Bechdel's art has the same tightly observed aura of her earlier work, but with a deepening and loosening of style. The story, which sketches more of the author's professional and personal life outside of her family, is spiderwebbed with anxiety and self-consciousness ('I was plagued... with a tendency to edit my thoughts before they even took shape'). There's a doubling-back quality, mixed with therapeutic interludes that avoid self-indulgence and are studded with references to creative mentors like Virginia Woolf (another obsessive who yet took daring creative leaps), analyst Donald Winnicott, and Alice Miller. Though perhaps not quite as perfectly composed as Fun Home, this is a fiercely honest work about the field of combat that is family." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Are You My Mother is a work of the most humane kind of genius, bravely going right to the heart of things: why we are who we are. It's also incredibly funny. And visually stunning. And page-turningly addictive. And heartbreaking."
"Review" by , "Many of us are living out the unlived lives of our mothers. Alison Bechdel has written a graphic novel about this; sort of like a comic book by Virginia Woolf. You won't believe it until you read it — and you must!"
"Review" by , "This book is not so much the sequel to Alison Bechdel's captivating memoir Fun Home, as the maternal yin to its paternal yang. Bravely worrying out the snarled web of missed connections that bedevil her relationship with her remarkable mother from the very start, Bechdel deploys everyone from Virginia Woolf to D.W. Winnicott (the legendary psychoanalytic theorist who comes to serve as her quests benign fairy godfather) to untie the snares of a fraught past. She arrives, at long last, at something almost as shimmering as it is simple: a grace-flecked accommodation and an affirming love." Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative
"Review" by , "[Bechdel's] lines and angles are sharper than in Fun Home, and yet her self-image and her views of family members, lovers, and analysts are thorough, clear, and kind. Mothers, adult daughters, literati, memoir fans, and psychology readers are among the many who will find this outing a rousing experience....This may be the most anticipated graphic novel of the year."
"Review" by , "Are You My Mother? offers an improbably profound master class in how to live an examined life....More moving and illuminating than Fun Home."
"Review" by , "The best writers, whether they are creating fiction or nonfiction, are trying to find out what makes people human for better and for worse. A taut, complex book within several books, Bechdel's investigation of her relationship with her mother and the work of pioneering psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott offers the most articulate answer you're likely to ingest. You'll feel like Alice climbing your way out the jagged rabbit hole to limbo."
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Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. Tomboy is a graphic novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu. A memoir told anecdotally, Tomboy follows author and zine artist Liz Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to "be a girl." From staunchly refuting anything she perceived as being "girly" to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, regardless of your gender, Tomboy is as much humorous and honest as it is at points uncomfortable and heartbreaking.

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