Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama
Bechdel, Alison (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Are You My Mother?

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From the best-selling author of Fun Home , Time magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Alison Bechdel's Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother--to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
Authors: Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
Title: Are you my mother?
a comic drama
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2012.
Characteristics: 286 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: The ordinary devoted mother
Transitional objects
True and false self
The use of an object.
Local Note: 1 2 3
ISBN: 9780618982509
Branch Call Number: GN ARE
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Report This Jan 19, 2014
  • kpb98 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

i was intrigued by the title so i checked it out. although the art was good, i was disappointed. it is a very self-absorbed text and who really wants to read near-transcripts of someone's therapy sessions? this goes on for many pages. also very heavy on psychological texts, which was ok. i think i'll try funhome instead next time

Aww i remember readin this book to my son, its really nice indeed.. are you my mother? lol

Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I love Alison Bechdel's other graphic memoir, "Fun Home" and that's why I looked forward to reading "Are You My Mother?" I was disappointed. Where "Fun Home" draws the reader into the world and mind of its creator and her father by presenting her family's fascinating story, "Are You My Mother?" never lets the reader in. While "Fun Home" constructs compelling portraits through specific memories and personal research, "Are You My Mother?" builds a wall between the reader and its subjects by dragging us through Bechdel's psychoanalysis sessions, her memories of dreams, coincidences, seemingly unrelated occurences and reprints of psychoanalytical texts. The whole book felt to me like sitting in on someone else's long psychoanalysis sessions. But I'm not an analyst, I'm a reader. I wanted to read a story about Bechdel and her mother, not analyze them. I read the entire book because I care about the characters, the artist/author and her mother, from reading "Fun Home." But I never became involved in the story of "Are You My Mother?" and reading it became a chore. While I can't recommend this book, I highly recommend "Fun Home."

Report This Oct 16, 2013
  • fajrdrako rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another book to prove that the graphic narrative form is a brilliant way to write autobiography. But this account of Alison Bechdel's relationship with her mother is not really about her mother, but about her relationship with herself. It's about two women tied by blood and common interests, who communicate with difficulty. It's about therapy and sexual orientation and about growing up in the late 20th century. Substantial and fun.

Report This Jun 15, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bechdel is the author of the amazing graphic memoir "Fun Home" in which she explores her relationship with her closeted homosexual father. Here she focuses on her relationship with her mother. Introspective, insightful, witty, and literary. Recommended for those with an interest in dysfunctional family relationships.

Report This May 01, 2013
  • kimmitt rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Just the very best. An exploration of how trauma ripples down generations in a family and how self-expression is the only real means of breaking the cycle. I'm not doing it justice. Bechdel examines herself with an artist's eye, wondering why she is who she is. It is the best of biography, cartooning, and psychoanalysis, all in one.

Report This Apr 11, 2013
  • Knavishsprite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not an easy read, but a very important one, as the culture of therapy and analysis slowly spreads beyond the couch and the counselling room. A fine portrayal of the mysterious depths, bewildering challenges and helpful potential of inner work. Less accessible than "Fun Home", but every bit as significant - if not more. Fascinated to learn about Mr. Winnicott! Grateful for the introduction.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Wanted to really love this, but it just couldn't compare to her debut memoir, Fun Home. Alison Bechdel explores her relationship with her mother, as well as her life in therapy. The mother sections are great, the therapy sections a little dry. Unfortunately, the two stories are intertwined, so you have to pay attention to both.

Alison Bechdel is a comics pioneer. I loved the collections of her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was a break-through work in comic culture featuring two of my favourite themes; death and literature. So expectations of Are You My Mother were high and they were not disappointed. She just keeps getting better and better. stewaroby's best books of 2012 http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/list/show/76138971_stewaroby/138117612_stewarobys_best_books_of_2012

Report This Nov 24, 2012
  • JudithE rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As others have said, this book is much less interesting than Fun Home. I found the psychoanalytic stuff tedious, in fact. But it is beautifully drawn.

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