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Fun Home
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic | Alison Bechdel
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic -- and redemptive.
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Letmetakeashelfie
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I‘m conflicted here... I know this is a true story but... this seems like a dangerous comment to make...

kgriffith Welcome back! :) 4d
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Letmetakeashelfie
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I love love looooooove this panel.

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kgriffith
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A little stoop reading on this breezy 75° day, in preparation for queer book club tomorrow. #bookandabeverage #bookclub #queerbooks

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Thought provoking and interesting graphic novel about the author‘s life/childhood. I definitely think it is labeled correctly as a tragicomic- there is a lot of tragedy, but also humor. This seems like a very honest telling of her life as it happened to her and I really respect that. It didn‘t seem exaggerated or in any way like she was trying to justify anything about her parents. I think the intended audience is teenagers and above.

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Niso
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Brilliant graphic memoir. Poignant, insightful and original in its approach to the intersections of coming of age and coming out, feminism, gay identity, acceptance and the unique dynamics of a deeply unhappy family.
Please do your self a service and read this book.
#graphicmemiors #lgbtq #feminism #favourites #

Theaelizabet I loved this one, too. 2mo
CaitlinR Soooo good! Have you seen the musical? It is wonderful. 2mo
Niso @CaitlinR I had no idea that there is a musical!! I hope it‘s available on DVD 2mo
overtheedge Fantastic ....loved it so much! 2mo
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bookishbitch
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Is it wrong that the word tragicomic is what drew me to this book? I liked it. I think some might find the story sad, but coming from someone who also had an odd relationship with a parent, and childhood, I got where she was coming from. I do admit to not knowing all the classic books referenced in the story.

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kgriffith
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Happy birthday, @brandybear22 😊

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kgriffith
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“Slightly more blue than Fun Home” can be reasonably expected to give precise color information when certain friends ask about a new dress, regardless of differences from one screen to another.

bookishkris I have that same dress on its way! 4mo
kgriffith @bookishkris it‘s super comfy, I got a yellow one, too! 4mo
bookishkris @kgriffith I live in these dresses in the summer! Sooo comfy, and flattering on every body type. I buy them on sale or with a coupon (or better yet, on sale AND with a coupon). I can‘t wear yellow, but I got the black floral, polka dot, and green stripe this summer. I still have like 4 from a couple of years ago, too. (edited) 4mo
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bookishbitch
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

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BookishMarginalia
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Love this behind-the-scenes tidbit!

Leftcoastzen Alison is an amazing talent,hard but inspiring story,such great art ,it‘s why I love 4mo
juliegumdrop I just read Fun Home and this is so fascinating. Thanks for posting! 4mo
Theaelizabet Interesting. Loved the book and the musical. 4mo
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juliegumdrop
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Graphic novel for my #bookclub. Been wanting to read this for ages.

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Lindy
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I‘m seeing Fun Home tonight for the second time. It‘s the opening night in my hometown. First time I saw this show was in NYC in 2016. 😊

WhatWouldJaneDo Sure an amazing adaptation! I saw the touring production last year. Hope you have a great time! 4mo
Lindy @WhatWouldJaneDo Thank you, yes. It was great! 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑 4mo
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msmckinney
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I love graphic novels and I love memoirs, so this book is PERFECT.

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juliegumdrop
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Some #greenbooks to celebrate #stpatricksday. #bookstack how many have you read?

crazyspine I've read 🐱 eye 5mo
juliegumdrop @crazyspine that‘s a good one 5mo
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thatotherlisa
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This section makes me feel very seen. Questioning your sexuality? Find some books!

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michiganvol
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Day 1 complete! Not bad, wish I passed the 12 hour mark but I'm close! Finished two great reads today; very different but both have been on my to read lists for a while. Excited I knocked them out and they lived up to expectations! #24in48 @24in48

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charminggoats
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I know I‘m not going to complete it, but I‘m trying my hand at #24in48 again! First up - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 👍

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Ravenclawsbookshelf
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Kind if cheating today by tagging the graphic novel the musical is based on. I have not read this yet but it is high on my tbr. #MusicalNewYear

RachelO Mine too! 7mo
vivastory It's definitely worth checking out 👍 7mo
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Aimeesue
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Finally getting to this. Just a decade+ after everyone else!

readordierachel Better late than never! 7mo
Tex2Flo In my TBR for next few weeks, too. 7mo
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litenthusiast
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I did not pick this book up until last year. Luckily, a theatre in Philadelphia was doing the musical around the same time. It quickly became one of my favorite musicals. #RingofKeys #MusicalNewYear @Cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen Are u a Philly girl??? 7mo
litenthusiast @Cinfhen - Technically, no, I live about an hour and a half away. But, I'm there at least once a month, more than that in the spring and fall. 7mo
Cinfhen Oh, because there are a bunch of us #phillyPeeps and I was curious 😄 7mo
litenthusiast @Cinfhen If there is ever a get together with the Philly peeps, I would love to join. 😊 7mo
vivastory I missed the musical when it was here last, will definitely catch it next time 7mo
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taniagr
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A quote within a quote…

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Prithu_reads
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"Was Deadalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea?

Or,

Just disappointed by the design failure?"

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KristinaRay
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Bailedbailed

I‘m just not feeling it. I really liked her other book Are You My Mother? when I read it couple years ago. This one on the other hand feels like a chore to read. Maybe I‘ll revisit another time.

KathyWheeler I felt exactly the opposite — I loved Fun Home but got really bored with Are You My Mother. 12mo
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Elma
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"Our home was like an artists' colony, we ate together, but otherwise were absorbed in our separate pursuits. And in this isolation, our creativity took on an aspect of compulsion."

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Well-ReadNeck
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lahousewyfe Love this book! I'm such a fan! 12mo
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JillPill
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📚 Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
📚 Faith Erin Hicks
📚 Fast and Furious franchise (don't judge me)
📚 fruit! 🍓🍉🍍🍒🍏

#ManicMonday @JoScho

I can't believe I actually did it on a Monday!

JoScho Lol yes you did it but it is letter e this week! I can see how it looks like an F though. On the bright side you have all your answers ready for next week 😂 also no shame love The Fast and the Furious ❤️ 12mo
JillPill @JoScho I have no idea why I did F 😂 it was a long day I'm blaming it on that 12mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Loved this Authors reference! I haven‘t played in ages, but it was my favorite card game as a kid.

revenge4porgy What is it? 12mo
MatchlessMarie @revenge4porgy it‘s an old card game where you match the authors with their works. Mostly classics. Passed a lot of time playing this when we would visit my grandmother when I was a kid. 12mo
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American cartoonist, Alison Bechdel, known for comic 'Dykes To Watch Out For', wrote this wonderfully done graphic memoir about her relationship with her father, Bruce. And about her sexual orientation as a lesbian.
Themes of suicide, gender roles and a dysfunctional family overlay this story of coming out, finding your first girlfriend and living through Nixon and Watergate trial.
Stunningly brilliant

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overtheedge
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Wow....from the start I'm digging this......thanks @pgh.femme for the recommendation!!

pgh.femme Yay! 13mo
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JennaAZ
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"I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy."

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Crystalblu
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Making the best of a dysfunctional family. This graphic novel was excellent! #blamelitsy

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vivastory
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#HeatOfJuly
Day 10
Still on my TBR, Bechdel's memoir definitely fits today's prompt.
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen I‘m dying to see the play 🎭 13mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Same here! 13mo
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thelizflynn
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This was a touching, melancholy, and funny graphic autobiography. I usually fly through graphic novels, but I had to take my time with this one.

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RedMudNessa
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Spent a day waiting and waiting at the DMV. This lasted me half the wait. Enjoyed it very much.

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GatheringBooks
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#JuneItsElectrifying Day 26: There was a time when lesbians were called #TBirds. This fiercely honest graphic memoir by Bechdel speaks eloquently of coming-out and being comfortable in one‘s skin. As a reader, I was deeply fascinated by the dynamics between father and daughter, the long-suffering and silent mother, & the almost-invisible brothers. There are scabs of pain here that reveal burning wounds, peeling away at the edges. Full review ⬇️

Lindy Nice review. I hadn‘t heard of the use of t-bird for lesbian before, so I googled it and learned it‘s a Filipino term. 14mo
GatheringBooks @Lindy yup, it is! great sleuthing skills! 😍 14mo
vkois88 Wow, I had no clue. Great review! 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! I didn‘t know that!! 14mo
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elizabethlk
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I've been meaning to read Fun Home forever. It seems somehow appropriate that I finally got to it only months after my own father's death. I connected with this in a way I didn't anticipate. The literary references and complex relationships really echoed my own life in an unexpected way. Definitely recommended. I am going to have to reread it.

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Excellent adaptation

“I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy”

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Reagan-reads
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Bailedbailed

I just could not get into this. Let‘s part as friends, but don‘t count on me to return.

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I.readalot
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A graphic memoir is indeed the best way for a talented cartoonist to write a memoir. This is a very honest, revealing, and deep memoir that really packs a punch! It's about a young girl and about her relationship with her father who was director of a funeral ("fun") home. It's also about her coming out, then discovering her father was also gay shortly before his sudden death. After his death, she discovers even more about him that she didn't know.

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Bibliogeekery
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I just saw Fun Home the Musical. It was amazing! I laughed, I cried (and cried). I want to see it again already! 🎶📚😍 #queerbooks

mrozzz So cool! 1y
saresmoore My local community theatre is going to do this soon! 1y
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Deborah42
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In this graphic memoir, Bechdel chronicles her relationship with her closeted father and how his secret double life affected the family, as well as her own coming out journey.

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litenthusiast
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Reading the graphic novel before I see the musical next week. It is so beautifully written!

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MatchlessMarie
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Pretty sure April is gonna go down as my NYC hangover month. 😆🤷🏻‍♀️#ReadingResolutions #Shame

LaLecture Did you see Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen in NYC 😮? I absolutely wanna see them but NCY is a biiit too far away for me ^^. But Hamilton is in London now, I think, so that might be possible 🤔. 1y
MatchlessMarie @LaLecture I saw The Band‘s Visit when we were there but we were staying directly across the Richard Rodgers theater where Hamilton is performed so I‘ve been kind of haunted by the fact we didn‘t see it when we were there 😆 It‘s on tour now though so I‘m gonna see it as soon as I can. 1y
MatchlessMarie @LaLecture Also it is in London already. The West End company just recently received 7 Olivier awards for it ❤️ 1y
EKonrad Your taste in musicals is impeccable! 😊 1y
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ChaitanyaSethi
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One of the most poetic prose I've ever read. The story is touching, the illustrations are gorgeous. It leaves you with a bittersweet pang. I would recommend this to everyone.
#litsy #book #review #funhome #graphicnovel

LitsyGetsGraphic Probably will be next read for April discussion 1y
ChaitanyaSethi @LitsyGetsGraphic That's great! I'd love to participate in the discussion. 1y
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whatsthEStorey
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Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of family secrets and identity is set against the backdrop of the family funeral home (fun home for short) & childhood home, a renovated Victorian that is practically a museum. She had me at funeral home, really. Interwoven to this intimate story in an accessible way are literary references to Proust, Fitzgerald, Joyce & more. Also it's a Broadway musical. 🎶

#BooksAboutBooks #ReadingResolutions

GondorGirl I adore both this book and the musical. And now I'm going to be singing 'Ring of Keys' for the rest of the night. 🎶😄 1y
whatsthEStorey @GondorGirl I really want to see it!! 1y
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ReadingSusan
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Whoa! This packed a punch. I love how Bechdel compared a lot in her life to literature. Such a good graphic memoir!

Readage I liked it!! 1y
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ReadingSusan
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Another delicious lunch outside on this gorgeous sun drenched day. Just started this graphic memoir.

JanuarieTimewalker13 That was a great memoir, loved it. (edited) 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Sushi and cupcakes! What a lunch! 1y
LeahBergen What a perfect little bite-sized lunch. 👌🏼 1y
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blondie What an amazing meal 💕💕 I'm jealous! 1y
ReadingSusan @Clare-Dragonfly @LeahBergen @blondie it was so so good I wish I had more for dinner 🤣 (edited) 1y
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razmanda
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Last week, I finally got to see the musical and it was wonderful! I laughed, I cried, I cried some more... but really, if you have the chance, go see it!

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azulaco
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I want to read more graphic novels and comics this year, so I picked up Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I was not prepared for how bleak it was. I had an idea that it was going to be a memoir about her dysfunctional but ultimately lovable family. There was a lot less lovability than I expected. It was good, though, and the narrative of discovering her father‘s true story, while beginning to discover her own, was compelling. #bookriot #readharder2018

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MidnightBookGirl
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I owe a late fee on this one (I can usually be found on the #LibraryPolice Most Wanted list), and I'm glad I'm finding the time to read it before returning it!

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