Book of the Week: “Are You My Mother?” By Alison Bechdel
Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is giving a reading & lecture on Wed. Oct. 17th at 4:30pm in the Performing Arts Center here at Purchase. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet an award-winning artist and writer.
This week, we are featuring graphic novels and comics by Alison Bechdel whose work ranges from the witty “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip to her sardonic yet heart-felt 2006 memoir about her father, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. (If you like to read comics that quote Marcel Proust, challenge gender norms, and reflect on parent-child relationships, Fun Home is for you!)
Her latest graphic novel, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, is a memoir focused on Bechdel’s often fraught relationship with her mother. Described by the New York Times as a “meta-memoir,” this sequel to Fun Home reflects on the morality of sharing family drama as art while painting a fuller portrait of Bechdel’s mother, who was somewhat overshadowed in Fun Home by her father. As her subtitles suggest, Bechdel skillfully blends the tragic and the comic, the personal and the universal.
Bechdel’s books are shelved by author’s last name in the Purchase College Library Popular reading collection on the First Floor.