Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 224 pages
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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.
  

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So I finally finished this book after about a year of on and off reading. I read Fun Home and absolutely loved it, but I found myself disappointed with Bechdel's second book. Don't get me wrong, the ... Read full review

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Very psychoanalytical. I learned a lot about my relationship with my own mother from reading about Bechdel's relationship with her mother. Read full review

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Contents

1 The Ordinary Devoted Mother
1
2 Transitional Objects
39
3 True and False Self
77
4 Mind
119
5 Hate
161
6 Mirror
205
7 The Use of an Obiect
247
Acknowledgments
290
Back Flap
291
Back Cover
292
Spine
293
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About the author (2012)

Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was named a Best Book of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, People, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. For twenty-five years, she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a visual chronicle of modern life—queer and otherwise—considered "one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period." (Ms.)  Bechdel is guest editor of Best American Comics, 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney's, Entertainment Weekly,  Granta, and The New York Times Book Review. 

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