What Is the "Are You My Mother" Book?


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As of 2014, two books have been published with the title "Are You My Mother?" One is a children's book by P.D. Eastman that was published in 1960. The second, published in 2012, is a graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel. Its title is an allusion to the aforementioned children's classic.

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Eastman's "Are You My Mother?" is a book for beginning readers featuring colorful illustrations and repetitive, easy-to-read text. The story follows a baby bird who has hatched while his mother is away from the nest. He goes to search for her, asking various animals along the way if they are his mother. He finally ends up back in his nest just as his mother arrives home. The book was published by Random House as part of its Beginners Books series and has maintained steady popularity ever since. A 2012 poll by School Library Journal ranked it as one of its "Top 100 Picture Books."

Bechdel, a cartoonist, wrote her version of "Are You My Mother?" as a personal exploration of her challenging relationship with her own mother. In it, she uses illustrations, memories, psychoanalysis and dream interpretation to weave a tale about her life with her mother, an emotionally distant amateur actress. The book was the recipient of the 2013 Judy Grahn award for lesbian nonfiction.

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