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Everything is Flammable

by Gabrielle Bell

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"Bell's pen becomes a kind of laser, first illuminating the surface distractions of the world, then scorching them away to reveal a deeper reality that is almost too painful and too beautiful to bear."-- Alison Bechdel,Fun Home, Are You My Mother In Gabrielle Bell's much anticipated graphic memoir, she returns from New York to her childhood town in rural Northern California after her mother's home is destroyed by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes. A powerful, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of a mother-daughter relationship and one's connection to place and sense of self. Spanning a single year,Everything is Flammable unfolds with humor and brutal honesty. Bell's sharp, digressive style is inimitable. Gabrielle Bell's work has been selected forBest American Comics and theYale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured inMcSweeney's, the Believer, Bookforum, andVice among numerous other publications. Her story, "Cecil and Jordan In New York," was adapted into film by Michel Gondry. Bell's previous graphic novel,The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year byPublishers Weekly,Kirkus Reviews, andthe Atlantic. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.… (more)
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Note: I received a finished hardcover of this book from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2018.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Too downbeat and disjointed for me. It begins with some random scenes, sort of concentrates on strips about the author and her mother for a while, then devolves into randomness again. There are interesting people and interactions here, but the presentation as a series of short meandering strips that don't always flow into one another turns it all into a dull muddle. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
Enjoyable but be warned, there's graphic animal violence. Some of the stuff in here is gonna haunt me for awhile. ( )
  rudebega | Mar 26, 2018 |
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"Bell's pen becomes a kind of laser, first illuminating the surface distractions of the world, then scorching them away to reveal a deeper reality that is almost too painful and too beautiful to bear."-- Alison Bechdel,Fun Home, Are You My Mother In Gabrielle Bell's much anticipated graphic memoir, she returns from New York to her childhood town in rural Northern California after her mother's home is destroyed by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes. A powerful, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of a mother-daughter relationship and one's connection to place and sense of self. Spanning a single year,Everything is Flammable unfolds with humor and brutal honesty. Bell's sharp, digressive style is inimitable. Gabrielle Bell's work has been selected forBest American Comics and theYale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured inMcSweeney's, the Believer, Bookforum, andVice among numerous other publications. Her story, "Cecil and Jordan In New York," was adapted into film by Michel Gondry. Bell's previous graphic novel,The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year byPublishers Weekly,Kirkus Reviews, andthe Atlantic. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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