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Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama
Bechdel, Alison (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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
Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Characteristics: 286 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: The ordinary devoted mother
Transitional objects
True and false self
Mind
Hate
Mirror
The use of an object.
Local Note: 1 2 3
ISBN: 0618982507
9780618982509
Branch Call Number: GN ARE
Statement of Responsibility: Alison Bechdel
Subject Headings: Lesbians Comic books, strips, etc. Mothers and daughters Comic books, strips, etc. Cartoonists United States Biography Comic books, strips, etc. Bechdel, Alison, 1960- Childhood and youth Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels-United States.
Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Lesbians
Mothers and daughters
Cartoonists
LCCN: 2012010582
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Jul 12, 2014
  • monicacole rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A few days after reading Fun Home (by the same author), I randomly found this book at the library, and checked it out. This is the perfect followup to Fun Home. It was well researched, beautifully drawn, and remarkably easy to understand, despite the nonlinear storytelling style. Alison's journey through depression, relationships, her own emotions, and most of all, her relationship with her mother is a thought provoking ride for any reader. I found it very relatable personally, and I suspect many people would, whatever their background.

I like the style, artwork, and tone, but the story gets a bit too introspective/self analytic for me. I couldn't finish it.

NYPL Staff Pick
A cartoonist explores why the intersection of her mother’s life, her own psyche, and her relationship with her mother make her the person she is.
- Selection Team

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

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."

Oct 16, 2013
  • ELIZABETH M HOLDEN 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.

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.

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.

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.

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