Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame Review

An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible

In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.

Title:Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame
Edition Language:English

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    Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame Reviews

  • David Schaafsma

    Trigger warnings regarding this review and the book itself. Me: older, cis-gendered male, not the target audience, so consider the source.[I add here that after reviewing this I read dozens of reviews...

  • Anniek

    I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.Read this for a fatphobic White Feminist take on the male gaze.Let's start with a positive: I quite enjoyed the art ...

  • Lou

    I set a lot of things aside with topics personal to me but because I felt this was such an important book I made time for it. Sadly, this turned out to be something completely different to what I, and...

  • Kirsty

    Damn, I really thought I was going to love this. But I’m now halfway through and just can’t bear another 150 pages of it, so it’s a DNF. I thought it was going to be along the lines of Maria Sto...

  • Jon Nakapalau

    Wow - this GN hit me hard. The way our society objectifies women is a real problem that we have only started to address. Just a commute on public transportation can force women into so many situations...

  • Book Soul9

    Thank you to Abrams ComicArts for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review! ✦ ABOUT THE AUTHOR✦ Erin Williams is a writer, illustrator, and researcher living in New York. She’s th...

  • Rod Brown

    Wrong book, wrong day. There may be some good points in here about the cover topic of female shame, but early on the author declares that she is an alcoholic and much of the book recounts her shitty a...

  • ashley c

    As I was reading Commute, I come to the realisation that I have perhaps approached memoirs wrongly - I expect them all to be reflective pieces, using life-long experiences to piece together insights a...

  • Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals

    1.5 StarsWow... This was not at all what I was expecting and was actually pretty terrible. I get what the author was trying to do. She was trying to show the struggles that women have in today's socie...

  • Lily

    ***Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!***The concept of this book was wonderful, however, the execution left a lot to b desired. The art...