BBGMBC Discussion Question #1 for Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel

by @thewritermama on June 4, 2012 · 4 comments

The Beyond Busy Global Book Club discusses this book from June 4th - June 10th 2012, Join the discussion any time!

Today, June 4th , we begin the first discussion question for the Beyond Busy Global Monthly Book Club. We just finished reading Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama and now we will spend seven days discussing the book.
Anyone who has read the book can participate by commenting. You can also join our public BBGMBC Facebook group, if you would like to join us in reading one excellent quality book per month and then discussing it here.

Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama is written by Alison Bechdel and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012.

This is another book by an author with a huge following. It’s the second one like that we have read so far. The first was last month’s Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott. (Our first selection, Cheryl Stayed’s Wild did not originally have a huge following but it sure does now: watch Oprah talk about Wild as the inspiration to restart her book club on the same page!)

I’ll have more to say about Cheryl Stayed, Wild and Oprah in a future post, but for now, let’s kick off the discussion of Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel.

Had you read any of Bechdel’s work prior to reading this book?

Did reading her work make you any more or less receptive to this book?

Do you think it would have helped you as a reader of Are You My Mother? to have already read Bechdel’s book, Fun Home?

What did you think about the book’s beginning? Were you pulled right in or not?

Did you like the interweaving of several stories in this book: Alison’s story, her mother’s story, her father’s story, Winnicott’s story, and Virginia Wolf’s story?

You can respond to any or all of these questions, as you like.

Let the games begin! (I’ll announce the June book in a separate post tomorrow.)

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