Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison BechdelAre You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

byAlison Bechdel

Paperback | April 2, 2013

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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&nbspand&nbsppassionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. Are You My Mother? is a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother-to a fragile truce that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
ALISON BECHDEL is the author of the bestselling memoir Fun Home and the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, which she wrote and drew for twenty-five years. Her work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Granta, and the New York Times Book Review, among others.
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Title:Are You My Mother?: A Comic DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544002237

ISBN - 13:9780544002234

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dense, but interesting read I read this book after Fun Home. This is not a light book to read, and I had to reread it a few times, but it provides interesting insight into Bechdel's perspective on life and her relationship with her mother. There is not as much focus on Bechdel's childhood as Fun Home and there are a lot of psychoanalytic themes. I remember reading an interview/article where Bechdel says that this memoir is more about her journey in therapy and I'll agree that it is.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Insight This is an interesting insight into a well-known name, but I will agree with another reviewer - it has less narrative than her other memoir. I think it assumes you have read the previous one, which I have. I don't recommend reading it if you haven't read Fun Home. A lot of the book is about the process of writing Fun Home, so it is almost a "behind the scenes" story rather than a linear narrative. Large sections are also re-productions or quotes of pages of psychoanalysts' work. Which is interesting because you sort of get this view into how Bechdel reads. As someone who disagrees with psychoanalysis in the current era, and I think even in her day psychology as a science had moved beyond Freud, it is a little bizarre to see someone take it so seriously. But it is very interesting, and it's an insight into her mind and perspective. I recommend this book if you've read Fun Home and you are still interested in knowing more about Bechdel - but not if you want something light to keep you entertained. It may be a quick read, but it isn't light in any other way. I am very glad I read it, and it won't be one I will forget any time soon. But I also do understand why some people are more ambivalent about it.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent It was probably my least favourite memoir of the ones I have read thus far, but had lot of interesting psychoanalytic themes
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult to read I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as Fun Home. There is very little narrative. The book is littered with excerpts from Winnicott's and Freud's psychoanalytic essays, with little elaboration or explanation. Readers are presumably supposed to draw the conclusions between these dense, wordy texts and Bechdel's relationship with her mother, but the links were vague- and I have a Psychology degree! The book did have a few charming moments, but not enough to redeem it.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Don't know why it's being banned. ...brilliant story....great read. ...the angst the stress in all the characters. ..it was really well written and animated
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult to physcially read Impossible to read, due to format. I would not recommend anyone purchasing this book in electronic form. I have tried to submit this review twice and it won't take, so obviously a negative review is not allowed. I stated that I would probably enjoyed the authors story if I could read it, but words overlapped and ran into each other. I am trying to warn other people who might be tempted to buy this book and waste their money.
Date published: 2015-06-05

Editorial Reviews

Are You My Mother is a work of the most humane kind of genius, bravely going right to the heart of things: why we are who we are. It's also incredibly funny. And visually stunning. And page-turningly addictive. And heartbreaking . "- Jonathan Safran Foer , author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated "Many of us are living out the unlived lives of our mothers. Alison Bechdel has written a graphic novel about this; sort of like a comic book by Virginia Woolf. You won't believe it until you read it-and you must!" -Gloria Steinem "This book is not so much the sequel to Alison Bechdel's captivating memoir Fun Home, as the maternal yin to its paternal yang. Bravely worrying out the snarled web of missed connections that bedevil her relationship with her remarkable mother from the very start, Bechdel deploys everyone from Virginia Woolf to D.W. Winnicott (the legendary psychoanalytic theorist who comes to serve as her quest's benign fairy godfather) to untie the snares of a fraught past. She arrives, at long last, at something almost as shimmering as it is simple: a grace-flecked accommodation and an affirming love."- Lawrence Weschler , author of Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative "A psychologically complex, ambitious, illuminating successor to the author's graphic-memoir masterpiece." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"[Bechdel's] lines and angles are sharper than in Fun Home, and yet her self-image and her views of family members, lovers, and analysts are thorough, clear, and kind. Mothers, adult daughters, literati, memoir fans, and psychology readers are among the many who will find this outing a rousing experience . . . This may be the most anticipated graphic novel of the year." - Booklist, starred review"A fiercely honest work about the field of combat that is family." - Publishers Weekly, starred review" Are You My Mother? offers an improbably profound master class in how to live an examined life . . . More moving and illuminating than Fun Home." - Elle "The best writers, whether they are creating fiction or nonfiction, are trying to find out what makes people human for better and for worse. A taut, complex book within several books, Bechdel's investigation of her relationship with her mother and the work of pioneering psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott offers the most articulate answer you're likely to ingest. You'll feel like Alice climbing your way out the jagged rabbit hole to limbo." - Library Journal "