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Hot comb

by Flowers, Ebony,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 17 Libraries 17 of 22 copies
Available (17)
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Baldwin Borough Library Graphic Novels GRAPHIC FLO
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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Braddock Carnegie Library Fiction GN FLO
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Collection  Fiction
 
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Beechview Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
Location  CLP - Beechview
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Hazelwood Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Hill District Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Homewood Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Knoxville Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
Location  CLP - Knoxville
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
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CLP - Sheraden Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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CLP - Woods Run Graphic Novels PN6727.F5869 A6 2019x
Location  CLP - Woods Run
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-FICTION FLOWERS Ebony
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
Call Number  G-FICTION FLOWERS Ebony
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Graphic Novel GRAPHIC FLOWE
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novel
 
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Northland Public Library Graphic Novels FIC FLOWERS GRAPHIC
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y 741.59 FLO
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South Park Library Graphic Novels GN NOVEL FLO
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Graphic Novel FIC FLOWERS GN 2019
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novel
 
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Graphic Novel MISSING
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
 
Collection  Graphic Novel
 
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CLP - East Liberty Graphic Novels CHECKED OUT
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Collection  Graphic Novels
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Graphic Novels CHECKED OUT
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Graphic Novels
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Teen Graphic Novels CHECKED OUT
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Collection  Teen Graphic Novels
 
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Sewickley Public Library Young Adult New Book IN TRANSIT
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Summary
An auspicioius debut examining the culuture of hair from the Rona Jaffe Foundation award-winning cartoonistHot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story "Hot Comb" is about a young girl's first perm - a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming "too white" in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In "Virgin Hair" taunts of "tender-headed" sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. The story "My Lil Sister Lena" traces the stress resulting from being the only black player on a white softball team. Her hair is the team curio, an object to touched, a subject to be discussed and debated at the will of her teammates, leading Lena to develop an anxiety disorder of pulling her own hair out. Among the series of cultural touchpoints that make you both laugh and cry, Flowers recreates classic magazines ads idealizing women's needs for hair relaxers and product. "Change your hair form to fit your life form" and "Kinks and Koils Forever" call customers from the page.Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking. Flowers began drawing comics while earning her PhD, and her early mastery of sequential storytelling is nothing short of sublime. From her black and white drawings to her color construction paper collages, Hot Comb is a propitious display of talent from a new cartoonist who has already made her mark.
Contents
Hot comb
The lady on the train
Big Ma
Fieldwork follies
My lil sister Lena
The Spaniard
Sisters & daughters
Last Angolan Saturday.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kinks, coils, and manes feature prominently in this autobiographical mash-up of hair-based stories. Flowers reveals a variety of narratives surrounding hair traditions from within the Black diaspora, from Baltimore to Angola. In these vignettes, chemical hair relaxers represent coming of age, avoiding swimming helps preserve a meticulously prepared hairstyle, and a variety of beauty ads promise consumers both natural and synthetic irresistibility. Flowers taps into the pride Black women take in caring for hair and the broad cultural milieu and conversations surrounding it. While the black-and-white artwork can be amateurish and the overall flow is uneven, the themes are certainly underrepresented within the comics tradition and should draw a greater audience for Black women's voices. Pop-culture references from the 1990s, such as TLC's Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg and Arrested Development's Everyday People, will evoke warm nostalgia in the most senior millennials, though they might not resonate with younger adults. The work's embedded discourses of class, race, and internalized European beauty standards concerning good hair, however, transcend generations.--Katrina Spencer Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Flowers's exploration of black women's relationships to their hair is rich with both sorrow and celebration as it champions black womanhood and family ties. In a series of comics vignettes, Flowers journeys through a first salon trip, a long-running case of trauma-generated trichotillomania (obsessive hair-pulling), and the collision of pain and piety that is a beloved matriarch's funeral. How black hair is treated (literally and symbolically) becomes the lens to explore both oppression and community. In the title story, her mother frets over the loss of Flowers's carefree innocence as she receives her first perm, while another installment shares her younger sister's excruciating visibility as the only black girl on her softball team. Her portrayal of motherhood is particularly affecting: only in the company of other women, engaging in the intimate rituals of hair care, do mothers voice their joy, worry, and anger. The artwork is joyfully tangled, its densely looped lines creating panels that reflect the characters' crowded environs (with witty reproductions of classic hair care ads interspersed); Lynda Barry is credited as Flowers's mentor, and her style influence is apparent in this exuberance. Flowers's vibrant and immersive coming-of-age tales are set in a world that may often be cruel, but is never without communion (and some funny moments)-even if she's got to endure a few chemical burns along the way. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Women, Black -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Coming of age -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Women, Black -- Social life and customs -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Women, Black -- Race identity -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hairdressing of Blacks -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hairdressing of Blacks -- Social aspects -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Hair -- Social aspects -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Beauty, Personal -- Social aspects -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Coming-of-age comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher [Montréal, Québec] :2019
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Graphic novels.
Language English
Description 180 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781770463486
1770463488
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