Are you my mother? by Alison Bechdel

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Are you my mother? by Alison Bechdel

Post by gaporter » 14 Jul 2016, 11:11

Are you my mother? is a comic drama by Alison Bechdel. It's not your standard comic book that's focused on heros and villians or humor. It's an illustrated memoir about a woman applying psychoanalytic theories to her relationship with her mother and therapists. The mother does not appear to be outright abusive or neglectful, but nonetheless, the relationship seems strained and unsatisfying while still maintaining a mutual love. I find the story and revelations to be very relatable. Despite being very specific about her own life and relationships, the themes and emotions are most likely universal and may appeal to a large number of readers.

I plan to reread this book a few more times and I will investigate further into the writings of the therapists and writers that are quoted. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something thought provoking or wants to explore why certain relationships in their life feel slightly off. The illustrations are simple yet convey emotion and flow seamlessly with the introspective writing. The only complaint I have is that sometimes the timelines got a little confusing by jumping around.

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Post by CarrieMe » 14 May 2017, 00:48

When I saw the title, my first thought was of the cute children's book by the same name, but this sounds great too in a totally different way!

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Post by gaporter » 05 Jun 2017, 22:41

The title of this book is actually based on the Dr. Seuss book! There is a section at the end using the children's story as a metaphor for some psychological principles. It's really interesting!

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Post by courtneymcreative » 26 May 2018, 13:18

gaporter wrote:
14 Jul 2016, 11:11
I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something thought provoking or wants to explore why certain relationships in their life feel slightly off. The illustrations are simple yet convey emotion and flow seamlessly with the introspective writing. The only complaint I have is that sometimes the timelines got a little confusing by jumping around.


Bechdel is great at referencing other works and philosophers in her stories.

I started reading Are you my Mother? but never finished. I read her first book, Fun Home first, which in my opinion is much better. It takes place before Are you my Mother , mostly set during Bechdel's childhood and into her college years, and is more focused on her father. It was also turned into a musical. Have you read Fun Home ? I'm curious to know your opinions of it if so.

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