Everything Is Flammable

Everything Is Flammable

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"Bell's pen becomes a kind of laser, first illuminating the surface distractions of the world, then scorching them away to reveal a deeper reality that is almost too painful and too beautiful to bear."-- Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, Are You My Mother

In Gabrielle Bell's much anticipated graphic memoir, she returns from New York to her childhood town in rural Northern California after her mother's home is destroyed by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes. A powerful, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of a mother-daughter relationship and one's connection to place and sense of self. Spanning a single year, Everything is Flammable unfolds with humor and brutal honesty. Bell's sharp, digressive style is inimitable.

Gabrielle Bell's work has been selected for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction , and has been featured in McSweeney's, the Believer, Bookforum , and Vice among numerous other publications. Her story, "Cecil and Jordan In New York," was adapted into film by Michel Gondry. Bell's previous graphic novel, The Voyeurs , was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly , Kirkus Reviews , and the Atlantic . She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Uncivilized Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781941250181
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 B4134B 2017
Characteristics: 156 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm


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When her mother's home burns to the ground, leaving her with only the clothes on her back and a favorite dog, Gabrielle and her brother have to return to Northern California to help a woman who is a stranger to them both.

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Nov 24, 2017

Not usually a fan of illustrated books but this one was compelling and the imagery added a dimension to the emotion of her stories.

Oct 06, 2017

Reading Gabrielle Bell's "Everything is Flammable" is a quiet pleasure that will interest readers who enjoy stories about family relationships as well as those who appreciate peeking into the small, reflective & private moments of life. Many of the vignettes included in this collection revolve around Ms. Bell's effort to reconnect with her mom as the older, solitary woman rebuilds her life after her remote cabin burns to the ground. There are challenges in the relationship between mother & daughter, & brief glimpses of a chaotic childhood, but the main tone of the book is one of the simple unfolding of everyday life as told to a trusted friend.


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Oct 07, 2017

MelissaBee thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over


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