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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Alison Bechdel

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Title:Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
Authors:Alison Bechdel
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, Gore St. Collection (inactive)
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Tags:comics, (auto)biography, american, 21st century, read, read: 2012, fiction

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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel (2012)

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Through quotes (mostly from psychoanalyst Winnicot and writer Virginia Woolf) and her own writing and art, Bechdel chronicles her struggles with understanding and documenting her family history. Most of the action is either between Bechdel and her therapists or with her mother. I was impatient with the many therapy sessions and by how much impact tiny moments apparently have on psyches--y'know, the type of thing where seeing a mirror as a toddler instills a constant fear of replacement or whatever--but it all comes together beautifully and in the end, left me in tears. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
How can people lead such different lives and yet feel the same? This book is not a story is a reflection, something that might have started as a book about the author's mother, but it ended up being about her connection to her mother. A most touching pIece, full of intriguing references and dynamic art. I'm so glad my sister told me to read this. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
A non-fiction graphic novel; a memoir; an introduction to Daniel Winnicott, Psychiatrist; a consideration of Virginia Woolf and Alice Miller; a review of the authors relationship with her mother; dreams and their interpretation; a journey in psychoanalysis - this book contains all of that. It is a fascinating read, but difficult to keep all strings of the story coherent, especially as she jumps in time continuously."" ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
Alison Bechdel follows up her first-rate memoir of growing up with her father, a closeted gay man and a suicide, with this self-analysis of her relationship with her equally difficult and remote mother. Unlike the first book, which was more heavily grounded in events, "Are You My Mother?" is structured around recollections, impressions, and dreams, and depends heavily on the theories of an early 20th century psychologist, D.W. Winnicott, whose works have great resonance for the author. It's dramatic, but it's perhaps a little too interior to be well-suited to the graphic novel format. ( )
  john.cooper | Dec 26, 2015 |
Much as I love Alison Bechdel, this follow-up to her masterpiece ‘Fun Home’ was underwhelming. The artwork is fantastic, and her intelligence, introspection, and sensitivity all come through. Unfortunately they are mired down in Freudian psychoanalysis, the interpretation of symbolism in events or dreams to an absurd degree (my opinion anyway), and the theories of Donald Winnicott, whose texts are quoted far too often. If you’re a believer in those things, this book may resonate with you, but for me, it degenerated into psychobabble. Bechdel also wrote too much about her writer’s block and her writing process, I think to the book’s detriment. It’s with regret that I give it only three stars. ( )
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"For nothing was simply one thing." ~ Virginia Woolf
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For my mother, who knows who she is.
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While engaged in some sort of home-improvement project, I inadvertently block my exit from a dank cellar.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618982507, Hardcover)

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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Alison Bechdels 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 Bechdels own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Motherto a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.… (more)

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