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    DescriptionFrom the best-selling author of "Fun Home," "Time "magazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. 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, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother--to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.


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    Title
    Are You My Mother?
    Subtitle
    A Comic Drama
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alison Bechdel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780544002234
    ISBN 10: 0544002237
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 741.5973
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JMC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    Libri: ENGM1080
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP050
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/GAY
    B&T Approval Code: A11441500
    Libri: COMI3525
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    DC22: 741.5/973
    BISAC V2.8: PSY004000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: HL130
    Ingram Theme: HOLD/MOTHER
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T General Subject: 400
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A02000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: FXL, FXZ
    BISAC V2.8: CGN006000, CGN007000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN6727.B3757 Z46 2013
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: GRAP3000
    Thema V1.0: XAK, DNC, JMC, JBSP1, XQA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Imprint name
    Mariner Books
    Publication date
    02 April 2013
    Review quote
    ""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 impr