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The Birth of Hathor Paperback – July 31, 2006
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Admittedly, I am disappointed that the book isn't longer. I was expecting less reprints of her comics and more memoire.
The first 27 pages are dedicated to the "herstory." They describe not only the evolution of her art but also her identity as a mother and then as an activist. It's a compelling story. I had not expected to find that Hathor began, not as a comic, but as performance art.
The second half of the book, comprising of pages 29-88, are full-page reprints of Heather's earliest renditions of Hathor.
Page 89 is an intimate letter of promise written to her children, or more specifically, Hathor the Cow Goddess' letter to her baby, promising her all the comforts and blessing of natural, compassionate attachment. The last page is Heather's bio and a photo of her two older daughters painting a background that appears in a comic series.
Heather autographed the title page, which made me giddy.
Despite being left still hungry, I consider this book a good purchase and love leaving it out on my coffee table for others to peruse.
2. Breast feed on demand!
3. Wear your child
4. Share space
6. SAVE THE WORLD!
Heather Cushman-Dowdee does all of this while still finding time to have some serious fun with her cartoon persona "Hathor the Cow Goddess".
I discovered Hathor years ago when she was in Hipmama magazine. Now this wonderfully funny, very relevent book is here so you can enjoy Hathor and all her antics 24/7!
Anytime I am feeling down and alone, I just open up my copy of this book and suddenly I feel better. I am not the "only one" who thinks this way, and trys to live this way. The best part... some of the stories are true! Heather actually does that stuff! So inspiring.
My kids love the book too. Especially my daughter. So there is hope, another generation of women fighting against the mainstream. Doing what is right! Right on!
Thank you Heather for making the "weirdness" less weird.