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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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Bookwomble
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Pickpick

Well, not so much Fun portrayed in the family Home in Alison Bechdel's graphic-memoir. It's an honest, unflinching and moving biography, which I picked up knowing nothing about as I didn't read the blurb, but am glad I did.
Coincidentally, this is the 2nd graphic-memoir I've read this month by daughters reflecting on their relationship with their fathers, both drawing parallels with the life and works of James Joyce, the other being ⬇️

Bookwomble Dotter of Her Father's Eyes. 2w
jlhammar Loved this one! I also enjoyed her follow-up Are You My Mother? and her most recent 2w
sarahbellum Love Bechdel 💗 2w
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Bookwomble @jlhammar Thanks for the recommendations. I'll see if the library can get them in 😊 2w
Bookwomble @sarahbellum She's good 😊 It didn't click until I started reading it that she's the originator of the Bechdel Test. The clue was there! 2w
SamAnne I‘m finally getting to this one this week! 2w
Bookwomble @SamAnne It's a quick read, but absorbing. It earns it's subtitle, "tragicomic", with, I thought, an emphasis on the "tragic". 2w
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quirkyreader
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Pickpick

I finished this last night before the headache really kicked in. Here is the link to my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5008389671

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jlhammar
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📕 Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
🖊 Fadiman, Anne
📺 Finding Your Roots (PBS)
🎤 First Aid Kit
🎶 Forever - HAIM

#ManicMonday #LetterF
@CBee

CBee Thanks for playing! 3mo
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psalva
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📖 Feed by M. T. Anderson, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
🖋 Lawrence Ferlinghetti
🎞 Fantasia, Fargo, The Freshman, F/X
📺 Foyle‘s War, Freaks and Geeks
🪕John Fahey
🎼 Flick of the Wrist by Queen, Fear Is a Man‘s Best Friend by John Cale, Fish in the Jailhouse by Tom Waits, Food for Thought by Mattiel #manicmonday #letterf @CBee

CBee Love Freaks and Geeks! 3mo
The_Penniless_Author Ah, Freaks and Geeks! Forgot all about that. I even have the DVD boxset 😀 3mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

A memoir with a focus on the author's father and how discovering more about him before and after his death relates or contrasts to her own coming out/burgeoning sexuality/gender non-conforming style and gender in general. It's well-paced, avoids being dreary, but can seem cold. The bevy of literary parallels are a little heavy-handed, helping the author figure stuff out?
There is some outdated language; I would suggest looking up trigger warnings.

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Robotswithpersonality
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I ♥️ Etymology!

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SarahBookInterrupted
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t enjoy this book until the last quarter of the book. It was my first graphic novel so it took me some time to get used to this format. Also, I feel that the last quarter of the book had the most feeling. I didn‘t have enough of the literary references needed to truly understand how she was feeling or the comparison she was making and the use of the complex language in the book created another barrier between me and the author.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Co creator of the Bechdel test!
This graphic novel is a childhood memoir filled with dark themes and trauma.
It is a coming of age and a coming out story and is well worth the time
#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week

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sci6344e22_tb
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Trois sens ont teinté ma lecture : la vue, tout d'abord, car il s'agit d'un roman graphique dans lequel on retrouve une multitude d'images ; l'odorat, ensuite, car j'ai lu presque l'intégralité du livre avec une odeur de bougie en fond ; enfin, le toucher a été un autre sens important, car depuis la pandémie, j'avais pris l'habitude de lire sur ma liseuse. La redécouverte d'un livre papier étant donc d'autant plus agréable!

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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

So glad I read this!

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Kenyazero
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Pickpick

My husband was delighted when he discovered this book at a book store and was so excited to show me, only to learn I read it for a college course! After reading it, he really connected with it because of his complicated past and other reasons. He convinced me to read it again with notes he added to the book, and I feel like I took more away from it this time around too. #LGBTQ #GraphicMemoir #NonfictionComic #Comic

psalva I think I‘m due to reread this. I read it in high school and I think I‘ll get more out of it now as an adult as well. I‘ve added it to my stack! 7mo
sarahbellum One of my absolute favs. The Broadway show was also amazing 🤩 7mo
Kenyazero @psalva wow! This is an intense read for high school. I definitely wouldn't have gotten much out of it as a teenager (that's just a reflection of how I was as a teen, not an assumption that no teen will get anything out of Fun Home). 7mo
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Kenyazero @sarahbellum The Broadway show sounds amazing! I didn't know about it until recently. 7mo
psalva @Kenyazero it was definitely too early for me. I don‘t remember how I found it but I remember at that age it was an intense read. The only thing I can think is I must have picked it up randomly from other comics at the library without knowing anything about it. 7mo
Kenyazero @psalva I could see that happening! I bet revisiting it will be a very interesting experience. 7mo
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LisaLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

I did enjoy this book, but I found the second half very repetitive. I could see the point of Bechdel working through issues, but it made me go from thoroughly enjoying it to lowering my estimation a little.

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broughtyoubooks
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Pickpick

This is one I should've read ages ago when I was in the baby queer reading rush. Definitely a central piece for queer reading, especially in the way it draws on foundational texts.

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IndoorDame
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Clwojick Great match! 😀 10mo
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IndoorDame
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Pickpick

This memoir seems to be taking a major place in the modern queer canon, so I‘m glad I finally read it, but it wasn‘t exactly what I expected. The majority of the book is focused on her father‘s story, which is equal parts tragic and horrifying. She is able to see her father with surprising compassion and detachment, as if she were writing this at the end of her life, not just at a remove of a few years.

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Panpan

I wanted to like this graphic memoir. Unfortunately Bechdel is so emotionally disconnected that I couldn‘t connect with the story. I understood her sadness, her wanting to have some link to her father. But it didn‘t move me.

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Amandajoy
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Not a bad week of reading to start off 2022! #bookreport #weeklyforecast

Suzze I really like Stephanie Dray. How was this one? 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this one is great 11mo
Cinfhen And I‘m hoping to read this one for #pop22 challenge 11mo
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Amandajoy
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Another Saturday at my step daughter‘s swim meet. Doing some #weekendreading between heats (I‘m learning the lingo.) 🏊🏽‍♀️

Andrew65 Looks interesting. 11mo
sarahbellum One of my absolute favorites. Enjoy! 🥰 11mo
Sharpeipup That book is waiting for me at the library 11mo
BookNAround I was a competitive swimmer for 15 years so I have an idea of what kind of time you‘re putting in at that meet. Good step-parenting for sure! 11mo
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Amandajoy
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Random book picks for January! Print books from my #100rolls list & audio #bookspin & #doublespin. @PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks

PuddleJumper Happy reading! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
sarahbellum Fun Home is an absolute favorite of mine. Enjoy! ❤️ 11mo
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Cortg
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Pickpick

This is a fantastic graphic novel memoir about growing up in a dramatic family and lifesyle. There are highs and lows and truths to be told. Tons of literary references which is fun, though most I haven‘t read.

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie not sure if this is something for u... but thought I'd share. 11mo
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Nikki_E
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Pickpick

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Book 5 of 2021.

This title has been on my TBR list forever. Sadly I made the mistake of buying the Kindle edition and attempting to read it on my phone. Don‘t do this. I might just have to buy a hard copy and reread and fully enjoy the illustrations.

Very good read however.

sarahbellum One of my absolute favorites ❤️ 11mo
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BekaReid
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I've been wanting to read this for a while now and was excited to find it on vacation last week. So here goes (with a bit of anxious excitement perhaps?)

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Loreen
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It‘s the last day of #bannedbookweek2021. This graphic novel has been challenged many times for the following reasons: #pornographic #lgbtq #druguse #sexualviolence #sexualsituations #readbannedbooks kids! #freedomtoread #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek

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BkClubCare
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“I was so consumed by anxiety that she would stop, I couldn‘t enjoy it.” #graphicnovel #library #Libby #memoir #nonfiction #havebeenwantingtoreadthisforforever

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Smrloomis
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Pickpick

This was engrossing and moving despite the craptastic way I read it (on my phone without any way to enlarge, ugh!). Very much lived up to its reputation.

CollapsingLibrary Bechdel has become one of my must read authors, though I must confess that I feel like I miss a lot of the nuance and fullness to her work. I read this with a friend and she pointed out so many details in the graphics I completely missed that added more depth and humor to the novel 1y
Smrloomis @PurrfectFeministPerspective I really enjoyed it despite finding it very dark in places. I may have missed the humor entirely and felt a little lost in the literature stuff but overall I thought it was pretty incredible! 1y
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Smrloomis
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I‘d much rather be reading this on paper but oh well. In good news, so far it has grabbed me and won‘t let go.

Ruthiella One of the few graphic memoirs I‘ve read, but I really liked it. 1y
GondorGirl There is a Broadway musical of this memoir (same title) that was surprisingly stellar. 1y
Smrloomis @Ruthiella It really is amazing 1y
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Smrloomis @GondorGirl wow, I don‘t know if I could handle a musical version but that‘s interesting to know! 1y
Ruthiella @Smrloomis @GondorGirl I‘ve also seen the musical and didn‘t think it could work, but it did for me. Ring of Keys brings me to tears (in a good way). 1y
GondorGirl @Ruthiella Yes! That song is absolutely brilliant! @Smrloomis you should at least go on YouTube and watch the Tony performance of 'Ring of Keys'. 1y
Smrloomis @GondorGirl @Ruthiella Cool I‘ll have to check it out once I finish the book! 1y
Smrloomis @GondorGirl @Ruthiella Thanks for commenting on that because I just watched it and Ring of Keys is phenomenal! 1y
Ruthiella Yay! 😀 1y
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Smrloomis
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I‘ve somehow never read this so I‘m looking forward to it.

Leftcoastzen I thought it was great. 1y
WanderingBookaneer It‘s so good! 1y
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AmyG Very good book. 1y
SamAnne I just got this one from the library! 1y
Smrloomis @SamAnne let me know what you think. It sounds really good! 1y
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ErraticElle
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Mehso-so

Bechdel strips bare the hardships of her childhood, an abusive yet absent father, & discovering her own sexual identity. A poignant piece with plenty of emotional currency. The writing is good, but a little overly academic. This makes sense given the context, but makes the story slightly less accessible. It can be difficult & overwhelming at times. For me this was just okay, but I can see immense value in it for other readers.

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Suet624
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(Photo of a truck I was very nervous to drive behind. There was nothing keeping that wood in the truck.) If you are a Bechdel fan you may be interested in this video interview by a Vermont videographer who works for Seven Days, an independent Vermont newspaper. It was filmed when the book became a play on Broadway. https://youtu.be/A9vD7Nc0L3k

LeahBergen Eek! That IS scary. 2y
Tera66 Yikes!😳 2y
Cathythoughts Why do they load trucks like that 🤷🏼‍♀️😳 2y
Suet624 @Cathythoughts I know! Usually they put a netting on it. But...nothing fell from it so they must know something I don‘t. 2y
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ravenlee
Pickpick

Wow, that was quite a ride! This is a memoir that covers self-awareness and coming out, the turbulence of an unhappy family life, how well we can ever know the people closest to us...there‘s so much here. There are no real resolutions, but that‘s true to life. The story meanders back and forth in time, as recollections do. Lots of literary and mythological references and parallels. Fourth finish of #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Doing brilliantly 👏👏👏🙌 2y
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Ravenclawsbookshelf
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Pickpick

Tagged: The book I've finished so far this month. This was excellent. I loved it so much and I can't wait to talk about it. I've loved the musical for years, and I loved reading the source material. For those not aware: this book is bot fun. It has some fun elements, but the overall tone is serious and dark. TBR for the month also pictured.

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thebluestocking
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#3books Banned books I‘ve read (and loved)

JanuarieTimewalker13 I liked Fun home 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
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Vansa
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1. Yes, graphic novels are standalone novels as opposed to a comic that's a part of a series. I think so, at least!
2. The tagged one , also the first birthday gift my husband gave me!
3. Hmmm...I really like both! As long as the accompanying story is good too, for instance, Monstress has gorgeous stunning artwork but I got bored with it because the story just went nowhere

ozma.of.oz What a great birthday gift! Thank you for posting! 2y
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jdiehr
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Panpan

I wanted something different this month for my Prime reading so I went with a graphic novel.

Then I found out my Kindle didn't support it, so I had to read it on my computer.

Then I didn't at all enjoy the book.

Granted, this is a hard story to share and I admire the author's bravery in telling it, but it was not my cup of tea.

It was free and I broadened my horizons.

All's well that ends well.

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bernadette
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We masked up and made a rare family outing. We took the kids to our local comic bookstore. We had the store pretty much to ourselves but the owner said the store is doing well all things considered. These are the kids and my picks. Not pictured are the husband's picks which were East West trades and maybe a special hardcover of Usagi Yojimbo. Support your local bookstores! 😄

britt_brooke Nice picks! Both of my sons love Dog Man. In fact, my 6 year created his own Dog Man comic today! 💚 2y
bernadette @britt_brooke That's awesome about your son's comic! Both of my girls love Dogman, too. It is a fun series. 2y
Tamra It‘s nice to get out, even if masked. 🙂 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

Not the authors fault. I didn't fall into this. I should use books like this to push myself but it just sort of made me feel stupid looking up so many words.
This is a book for the author to work out her feelings on her father and she doesn't seem to come to any sort of concrete decisions. But I do see why this is a fairly loved story, in-depth comics are rare and this 1 is barrier breaking with unapologetic queerness.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Ignore it, it will go away 😂

Also impressed with myself for choosing a nail color that monochromatics right with this book.

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BookmarksTheSpot
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My friend, Stevie, lent me this book and I‘m actually very surprised I haven‘t read it until just now. I could have used this book in college.

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Beruki
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Cautivated

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Beruki
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OMG this book!

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Pickpick

I‘ve meant to read this forever, and I‘m so glad I finally did. So well written, this graphic novel is the story of the author‘s relationship with her father - a closeted gay man, possibly (they were never able to have an open conversation before he died/committed suicide), and her own sexuality. It‘s heartbreaking and honest. #lgbtq #pride

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Madelpadel
Mehso-so

I have to admit I‘m in the minority when it comes to liking this book- because I didn‘t. It just made me feel so uncomfy to read, and I know that often that means the topics being discussed are important, but I just can‘t find it in me to feel any sympathy for the father so to read an entire book that aims to “understand” him was difficult for me. If you agree with me, I‘d love to hear from you to know that I‘m not alone

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Madelpadel
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“My father once nearly can‘t you blows with a female dinner guest about whether a particular patch of embroidery was fuchsia it magenta.

But the infinite gradations of color in a fine sunset- from salmon to canary to midnight blue- left him wordless”

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Beruki
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Starting this one =)

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thebluestocking
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Pickpick

I have wanted to read this highly-regarded graphic memoir for ages. I first learned of Alison Bechdel as the creator of the Bechdel test, but she‘s an amazing storyteller as well. This book does not shy away from hard topics and looks at her relationship with her dad in a kind but unflinching way. It‘s well done.

MusicallyMorgan This is an amazing book! There‘s a musical based on it too, that is equally amazing. 3y
thebluestocking @MusicallyMorgan I‘d love to see how they adapted this! 💙 (edited) 3y
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theladygreer
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Today on #read99women, Sarah-Jane Stratford recommends the "funny and witty as well as searingly sad" FUN HOME. And don't miss her new novel RED LETTER DAYS, which hits shelves tomorrow!

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MissAimz_55
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Bath time! Bath bomb and reading! Trying to be better about my weekly self care whether that‘s a bath bomb or face masks or both . #selfcaresunday

AmyG Great book! 3y
MissAimz_55 @AmyG I‘ve heard great things. I‘m trying to increase my lgbt and graphic novels reading this year #diversity 3y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

Raw, unfiltered, & brutally honest, this graphic novel memoir details the author‘s relationship with her father, a complex man with secrets of his own. Acceptance, knowing yourself & accepting yourself for who you are, the power of literature, & love in all its complexities feature prominently in the book. Funny, heartbreaking, cringeworthy & often profound, Bechdel‘s coming-out story makes for an entertaining, thought-provoking read. Recommended.

LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian One of my all-time favourite #QueerBooks! 3y
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TracyReadsBooks
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I usually loan books to friends so it‘s a real treat to sit down with a book a friend loaned to me. Don‘t know anything about this book but my friend and I have very similar taste in books so I‘m sure I‘ll enjoy it.

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Tertubotn
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Pickpick

Lucky me! My secret Santa sent me this autobiography! Bechdel narrates how it was growing up with a distant father and an unhappy mother,. The story is not depressing, but life-affirming as you follow her towards adulthood and her coming out as lesbian. The ups and downs are told in a factual way, and while her parents are not perfect, she sympathizes with them. I‘m def getting the 2nd volume, I want know what happened next! Thank you Santa!