Hot Comb

Hot Comb

Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women?s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon. 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. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfecti Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women?s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crow...

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Title:Hot Comb
Author:Ebony Flowers
Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Hot Comb
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  • Mary Lee
    Jul 26, 2019
    Definitely a "window" book for me. ...
  • P.
    Jul 01, 2019
    Wonderful short stories - the author cites Lynda barry as an influence/mentor and you can really see it. She has her own style and sensibility but the way she gets to the heart of the characters and the life of the drawings are similar to what I've found in Barry. ...
  • Amy
    Jul 20, 2019
    Loved it -- a collection of illustrated short stories about the physical, cultural, and emotional impact of black hair, in a storytelling style reminiscent of Lynda Barry's Ernie Pook strips. Devoured in one sitting. I know this book just came out, but I can't wait to see what Flowers ...
  • Beth
    Jul 19, 2019
    First off, I'm a small-town-raised white woman who knows almost nothing about black hair--or that was true until I read this graphic novel. Now I know more, though the lived experience is naturally beyond me. I did find some things in common with my own childhood and adulthood--a girl ...
    Jul 25, 2019
    This graphic novel will be easily relatable to many Black women Of A Certain Age. The tales range from first relaxer to the family addict stealing for a fix to school bullies. It made me laugh out loud A LOT! If you still have visceral memories of scalp or ear burning, the smell ...
  • Kirsti
    Jun 29, 2019
    I like a book that makes me feel as if I got a look into someone else's life. These are sequential-art stories about trying to be a person in the world. The author thanks Lynda Barry, whose influence I can see in this book. ...
  • Marie
    Aug 02, 2019
    I was intrigued by the cover of this graphic novel, it was interesting... And different. ...
  • Racheal
    Jul 31, 2019
    I found this very hard to read (the images as well as the cursive handwriting). ...
  • Hannah Garden
    Aug 05, 2019
    I want Jillian to read this because I want to be able to talk to someone about it specifically in terms of the art specifically in context of having recently read Mira Jacob's Good Talk, but in the meantime my own thoughts are just basically I am glad this book exists, I think it's go...
  • Mark Robison
    Aug 11, 2019
    Graphic novel with each chapter a different story about some incident that happened involving Ebony Flowers' hair. The book's a love letter to black women and their friendships, and she really captures the fun and silliness and peer pressure and awkwardness of being young. There's some...
  • Alicia
    May 19, 2019
    It is equal parts biographical and every experience as Flowers describes African American hair in different contexts and experiences, however as with the graphic novel Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look At High School, the illustration style was distracting and unfocused. In scenes where there w...
  • Cathy
    Aug 13, 2019
    A collection of culturally specific vignettes related to hair. While reading, I thought of many friends who have expressed the fear of "white people" wanting to touch their hair. I also thought of how this book could replace other books used in classrooms as exemplars for writing na...
  • Edward Sullivan
    May 28, 2019
    An impressive debut collection of graphic stories looking at the lives of Black girls and women, and exploring such subjects as class, gender, race, identity, and family dynamics. ...
  • Elizabeth A
    Jul 07, 2019
    Hair is a thing. Especially women's hair. Across all cultures. Women of color have extra special baggage when it comes to our hair. If you don't believe me, just look up how much money this industry generates. It boggles the mind. World hunger could be fixed with that kind of money. Ho...
  • Hadi
    Aug 05, 2019
    This is type of graphic book I would normally enjoy, but I found the graphics messy - which is okay, it's Flowers' graphic style - and the lettering hard to read - which is not okay. Really, don't make it hard for me to physically read your book! ...
  • Amanda
    Jul 21, 2019
    I?m a little underwhelmed with this collection overall. There are a few stellar comics but they?re buried in with tangents and the panels themselves are hard to read. ...
  • emma
    Jun 24, 2019
    Glimpses into black girlhood through the lens of hair and the moments surrounding it. Quite cool. ...
  • Melissa
    May 25, 2019
    Flowers debuts with a poignant look at the Black experience in the United States with the common theme of hair and hair care running through each short story. The illustrated chapters focus on varying characters of different ages and at different points in their own coming-of-age story...
  • Kat (Why Read)
    Jul 09, 2019
    Thoughts: Part memoir, part fiction and graphic novel. I am curious about this literature exploration of the black hair journey. Chris Rock?s documentary, ?Good Hair? set the standard and platform for such discussions. I am happy to see this continue! ...
  • Melissa
    Jun 21, 2019
    We humans cut our hair to mourn, cover it to be observant, shave it off to be more pious or keep it long as it is a gift from God. We judge others whose children have unkempt locks, and we dress our own to conform or rebel, because hair has meaning in culture. To brush hair bind...
  • Jen
    Aug 04, 2019
    Not a fan of the illustration style, but I enjoyed the stories. ...
  • Tabrizia Jones
    Mar 15, 2019
    It was nice to reminiscent of the times of when I got my first perm and the stigma that followed it. However, some of the stories were a little jumbled and maybe the scribble illustration, although unique, really hinder that experience. ...
  • Katrina Winchell
    Jul 24, 2019
    Not my personal style of illustration and the words could be hard to read sometimes, but the stories themselves were very good. Every "chapter" was focused on hair, but also told a story about a different aspect of black history. ...
  • Lisa
    Jul 15, 2019
    Beautiful artwork and storytelling. There is a table of contents at the beginning but I wish the book had been more explicitly presented as a collection of short stories - I would have been happy to have the first story expanded to book-length. ...
  • Harry Brake
    Jun 28, 2019
    In deciding which book to include and accept as part of the Junior Library Guild, being a subscriber for new graphic novels, being on the lookout for appropriate, personal novels, perceived ideas can be deceiving. Diving into Ebony Flower's novel, various vignettes help share relati...
  • Popzara Press
    Jul 13, 2019
    Ebony Flowers? impressive debut is a celebration of black hair in all its natural, pressed and relaxed glories. Read full review at Popzara Press. ...
  • Beverlee
    Jun 19, 2019
    Hot Comb evokes memories of girlhood spent sitting still while my mother pressed my hair. That was my first test of patience and I passed most of the time (no singed earlobes lol). Another memory is the insecurity of early teenage years-wanting to fit in with an accepted hairstyle, yet...
  • Camina
    Jul 18, 2019
    Stories that I and many of my peer can relate to. Bought me back to my mama's kitchen on a Sunday night getting my hair hot combed, sweating and praying to Gob that she didn't have to do it again cause I know she would catch my ear. And mama would say "that's the price you pay for beau...
  • Rod Brown
    Jul 28, 2019
    A captivating glimpse of African American women and their hair as well as their relationships with their mothers, sisters and friends. This book is a great companion piece to Americanah, though better than that book for being concise and focused. The art has a rough and unrefined quali...
  • Britt Buckenroth
    Jun 22, 2019
    I felt like this graphic novel gave you a very true glimpse into cultural norms many just don't get to experience unless you are a part of that world. Simple things, such as a first perm or getting your hair braided by a cousin or friend...told with details, both written and drawn, tha...