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

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

I just finished the reader’s copy of this book. The book is not due out until May 1 but I wanted to give you a heads up so you can reserve your copy now. It’s THAT good! Alison Bechdel sets out to write a biography (in graphic format, remember, Alison started out as a cartoonist) about her mother. Her previous book deals with her father and it’s not a lightweight piece. But this book takes the reader well beyond an exploration of her mother. Using Freud, Donald Winnicott, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich and a few other worthy sources she plunges the very depths of her own being. Yes, it sounds melodramatic, and whose quest for identity doesn’t bring you to that brink? But this is a magnificent piece of research, writing and disclosure. Fair warning: reading this book is ONLY the beginning. It’s books like this that make me excited to read and thrilled to recommend.

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