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20% OFF COVER PRICE THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST!

Includes a FREE preliminary sketch page, while supplies last.

hardcover
160 pages
6 x 9 inches
full color

& signed by me.

Please indicate who you would like it signed to, otherwise I'll just sign it.

“Gabrielle Bell is able to create, with simple art and storytelling, the complexities of what are supposed to be life’s ‘simple’ moments with hilarious honesty and — fair warning — delicious cringe.” — Patton Oswalt

“Everything is Flammable is sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, sometimes incredibly sad, and always deeply engrossing. The center of Everything is Flammable is Bell's complicated relationship with her complicated mother-a person who lives a lot farther off the grid than most people's mothers. But there are many other characters in this book, and we want to know about all of the them. Bell is an acute and compassionate observer of her fellow humans.”—Roz Chast, author of Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

“No one but Gabrielle Bell can so quietly traverse a single raw nerve for 160 pages. Just brilliant.”
—Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir

"The latest from one of the finest contemporary graphic artists. Few cartoonists can match Bell’s (Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries, 2014, etc.) eye for evocative details, but the words of her narrative fill practically every available space, an outpouring from the artist who confesses, 'sometimes the anxiety creeps up and suddenly starts to strangle me.' If her life at the subsistence level of artistic renown seems a little dysfunctional, that of her mother seems even more so—especially after a fire destroyed her mother’s home, leaving her living in a tent on the lawn, and Bell had to travel across the country to help her put her life back together. There’s ambivalence about the visit from both sides: 'It’s hard to be there in normal times, and I’m prone to cruelty under duress.' Bell also worries that she exploits her mother for material, which she does, of course, like she does everyone and everything else in her life. The trip to the Pacific Northwest introduced a whole range of challenges—packs of dogs and cats and bears—and a mission to get her mother a house built and stocked. The author also conducted a series of interviews with the characters who fill this volume, most of whom have murky motives and histories. This certainly includes her mother, with whom she discusses the troubled home life and the pregnancy that spawned the author: 'It’s a paradox,' the author replies to her mother, after discussing the considered abortion. 'On the one hand, I wish you’d had access to a safe, legal abortion. On the other hand, I’m glad to exist!' Eventually, Bell’s mother got her home and life back, and the artist returned to her own apartment—but then the cycle began again, as the title of the memoir underscores.
A provocative, moving, and darkly funny book that seems almost worth the crises that it chronicles.”—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
20% OFF COVER PRICE THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST!

Includes a FREE preliminary sketch page, while supplies last.

hardcover
160 pages
6 x 9 inches
full color

& signed by me.

Please indicate who you would like it signed to, otherwise I'll just sign it.

“Gabrielle Bell is able to create, with simple art and storytelling, the complexities of what are supposed to be life’s ‘simple’ moments with hilarious honesty and — fair warning — delicious cringe.” — Patton Oswalt

“Everything is Flammable is sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, sometimes incredibly sad, and always deeply engrossing. The center of Everything is Flammable is Bell's complicated relationship with her complicated mother-a person who lives a lot farther off the grid than most people's mothers. But there are many other characters in this book, and we want to know about all of the them. Bell is an acute and compassionate observer of her fellow humans.”—Roz Chast, author of Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

“No one but Gabrielle Bell can so quietly traverse a single raw nerve for 160 pages. Just brilliant.”
—Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir

"The latest from one of the finest contemporary graphic artists. Few cartoonists can match Bell’s (Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries, 2014, etc.) eye for evocative details, but the words of her narrative fill practically every available space, an outpouring from the artist who confesses, 'sometimes the anxiety creeps up and suddenly starts to strangle me.' If her life at the subsistence level of artistic renown seems a little dysfunctional, that of her mother seems even more so—especially after a fire destroyed her mother’s home, leaving her living in a tent on the lawn, and Bell had to travel across the country to help her put her life back together. There’s ambivalence about the visit from both sides: 'It’s hard to be there in normal times, and I’m prone to cruelty under duress.' Bell also worries that she exploits her mother for material, which she does, of course, like she does everyone and everything else in her life. The trip to the Pacific Northwest introduced a whole range of challenges—packs of dogs and cats and bears—and a mission to get her mother a house built and stocked. The author also conducted a series of interviews with the characters who fill this volume, most of whom have murky motives and histories. This certainly includes her mother, with whom she discusses the troubled home life and the pregnancy that spawned the author: 'It’s a paradox,' the author replies to her mother, after discussing the considered abortion. 'On the one hand, I wish you’d had access to a safe, legal abortion. On the other hand, I’m glad to exist!' Eventually, Bell’s mother got her home and life back, and the artist returned to her own apartment—but then the cycle began again, as the title of the memoir underscores.
A provocative, moving, and darkly funny book that seems almost worth the crises that it chronicles.”—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(12)
  • Reviewed by DJ Legaspi
    5 out of 5 stars
    Feb 13, 2018
    Great stuff as always! Thanks for the drawing! :)
    Everything is Flammable

  • Reviewed by Joanna Koulianos
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jan 19, 2018
    Thank you! Beautiful book.
    Everything is Flammable

  • Reviewed by hulyen
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jan 16, 2018
    perfect packaging, really love the books. thanks so much for the sketch pages! :)
    Everything is Flammable

  • Reviewed by Rob Stolzer
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jan 9, 2018
    This book was quite powerful, and I had trouble putting it down. Bell is able to imbue her stories with such a strong felt sense; so much so that they strike you right in the gut.
    Everything is Flammable

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