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JULY: Read "Are You My Mother?" by Alison Bechdel

  • Jul 18, 2012 · 7:00 PM

From 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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  • Alison

    Thank you to our hosts for opening your home to us. So nice to welcome new members!

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great conversation and a great bunch of women.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming.

    July 18, 2012

  • liz

    Monica - if people don't mind traveling to Long Beach I can comfortably accommodate a dozen plus more if they wish to be somewhat squished or sit on beach chairs or hard wood floor
    Liz R

    July 12, 2012

  • Monica

    We need to find a location for this meetup. Our original location isn't going to work out. Any volunteers?

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this!

    July 8, 2012

  • Kristen

    Hahaha!!!! You're welcome, Isabel!

    June 26, 2012

  • Kristen

    or if people who aren't going change their RSVP to NOT GOING, instead of just saying yes and then having the group expect them, and then not coming, then the people who actually want to come and discuss the book and are on the waiting list might be able to attend! Ooh no I didn't go there.

    June 26, 2012

  • Monica

    You can always join the waiting list, and if another member volunteers to host in another location we can have two meetings.

    June 26, 2012

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