Waiting for Are You My Mother?

Over the weekend I read Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

This follow up to her 2006 memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which focused on her father, concentrates both on her relationship with her mother and on her therapy process. At one point, Bechdel refers to Are You My Mother? as a meta-book, as much of it deals with the time period when she was writing Fun Home, as well as her interactions with her mother around writing both that book and Are You My Mother?

Fun Home was named one of the best books of the year for 2006, and Are You My Mother? has been highly anticipated. If you're on the waiting list for Are You My Mother?, you may want to take a look at some of these other graphic memoirs and biographies:

Stitches, David Small

Smile, Raina Telgemeier

French Milk, Lucy Knisley

Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, Miriam Engleberg

Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, Frederik Peeters

How I Made It To Eighteen: A Mostly True Story, Tracy White

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love & Fallout, Lauren Redniss

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey, G.B. Tran

Drawing from Memory, Allen Say

To Dance: A Memoir, Siena Cherson Siegel

You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day, Mo Willems

What are your favorite graphic format memoirs or biographies?

Written by Becker on May 21, 2012


angela on May 21, 2012


Fun Home and Stitches are amazing! I'll have to check out the others on your list. I also enjoyed Epileptic by David B.


Thanks for the recommendation, Angela--I will have to check out Epileptic!

extra medium on May 22, 2012


I'm reading Radioactive right now. I really like how the art and words are used compositionally. Did you know that the cover glows?! Because it does. Now I'm going to go back and see if any of the interior pages glow.


Oh, cool--now I want to bring it home again & read it in the dark! We'll just have to assume the book is not actually radioactive...

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