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
What are your favorite graphic format memoirs or biographies?
Fun Home and Stitches are amazing! I'll have to check out the others on your list. I also enjoyed Epileptic by David B.
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...