Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama

Book - 2012
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A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780544002234
Branch Call Number: GN 920 BECHDEL 2012
Characteristics: 286 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm


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A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

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May 17, 2017

I liked Fun Home a bit better, but I still enjoyed this thoughtful exploration of the author's mother and how their connection played out in other parts of her life.

Jun 10, 2016

A clever introduction to psychoanalysis and a brave exploration of the author's own relationship with her mother.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Oct 08, 2015

Bechdel's second graphic novel memoir focuses in on her relationship with her mother and her years in therapy. She writes in a wonderful, self-reflexive and analytic style, and the work is full of masterful drawing and interesting literary references. But I am not crazy about all of the retelling of dreams and the deep dives into slights the author experienced as a child. The book feels a bit tortured in its writing, especially when Bechdel writes about how tortured she is in her writing. But if you loved Fun Home (as I did), you may still find this to be a satisfying read.

Sep 14, 2014

I didn't love this book. There was too much focus on psychoanalyst Winnicott and author Virginia Wolfe. I wasn't overly interested in the history of these two people.

Every chapter started with a dream sequence, then Bechdel would recount pieces of her personal life with her mother, psychiatrist and girlfriends over the years.

The story felt too choppy to me, with Bechdel continuously dividing her time between all of these different focuses.

Jul 12, 2014

A few days after reading Fun Home (by the same author), I randomly found this book at the library, and checked it out. This is the perfect followup to Fun Home. It was well researched, beautifully drawn, and remarkably easy to understand, despite the nonlinear storytelling style. Alison's journey through depression, relationships, her own emotions, and most of all, her relationship with her mother is a thought provoking ride for any reader. I found it very relatable personally, and I suspect many people would, whatever their background.

Jul 04, 2014

I like the style, artwork, and tone, but the story gets a bit too introspective/self analytic for me. I couldn't finish it.

BCD2013 May 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A cartoonist explores why the intersection of her mother’s life, her own psyche, and her relationship with her mother make her the person she is.
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Jan 19, 2014

i was intrigued by the title so i checked it out. although the art was good, i was disappointed. it is a very self-absorbed text and who really wants to read near-transcripts of someone's therapy sessions? this goes on for many pages. also very heavy on psychological texts, which was ok. i think i'll try funhome instead next time

IMolina3 Dec 06, 2013

Aww i remember readin this book to my son, its really nice indeed.. are you my mother? lol

SkycycleX2 Dec 06, 2013

I love Alison Bechdel's other graphic memoir, "Fun Home" and that's why I looked forward to reading "Are You My Mother?" I was disappointed. Where "Fun Home" draws the reader into the world and mind of its creator and her father by presenting her family's fascinating story, "Are You My Mother?" never lets the reader in. While "Fun Home" constructs compelling portraits through specific memories and personal research, "Are You My Mother?" builds a wall between the reader and its subjects by dragging us through Bechdel's psychoanalysis sessions, her memories of dreams, coincidences, seemingly unrelated occurences and reprints of psychoanalytical texts. The whole book felt to me like sitting in on someone else's long psychoanalysis sessions. But I'm not an analyst, I'm a reader. I wanted to read a story about Bechdel and her mother, not analyze them. I read the entire book because I care about the characters, the artist/author and her mother, from reading "Fun Home." But I never became involved in the story of "Are You My Mother?" and reading it became a chore. While I can't recommend this book, I highly recommend "Fun Home."

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