Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

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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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User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

Five stars due to how intricately detailed in analysis it is and in a coherent way. This book is ideal for those interested in the field of psychology. If this author was not a comic author, I could ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raina - Goodreads

Jeez, Alison Bechdel, way to be inside my brain. This memoir is densely literary, but a book in which an autobio cartoonist talks about the meta-relationship between her work, her life, her family, her childhood and adult selves, and her therapists is excruciatingly close to home for me. Read full review

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1 The Ordinary Devoted Mother
2 Transitional Objects
3 True and False Self
4 Mind
5 Hate
6 Mirror
7 The Use of an Obiect
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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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