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Fun Home

release date: Jun 05, 2007
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Fun Home
In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

The Indelible Alison Bechdel

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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The Indelible Alison Bechdel
"The success of Alison Bechdel's 'Dykes To Watch Out For' is impressive for any comic strip and unheard of for one with a lesbian theme". -- Boston Globe

Are You My Mother?

release date: May 01, 2012
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Are You My Mother?
The New York Times–bestselling graphic memoir about Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood…and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers. A New York Times, USA Today, Time, Slate, and Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year “As complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying as the finest prose memoirs.”—New York Times Book Review “A work of the most humane kind of genius, bravely going right to the heart of things: why we are who we are. It's also incredibly funny. And visually stunning. And page-turningly addictive. And heartbreaking.”—Jonathan Safran Foer “Many of us are living out the unlived lives of our mothers. Alison Bechdel has written a graphic novel about this; sort of like a comic book by Virginia Woolf. You won't believe it until you read it—and you must!”—Gloria Steinem

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

release date: Nov 12, 2008
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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
From the author of Fun Home—the lives, loves, and politics of cult fav characters Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger, Stuart, Clarice, and others For twenty-five years Bechdel’s path-breaking Dykes to Watch Out For strip has been collected in award-winning volumes (with a quarter of a million copies in print), syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, and translated into many languages. Now, at last, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For gathers a “rich, funny, deep and impossible to put down” (Publishers Weekly) selection from all eleven Dykes volumes. Here too are sixty of the newest strips, never before published in book form. Settle in to this wittily illustrated soap opera (Bechdel calls it “half op-ed column and half endless serialized Victorian novel”) of the lives, loves, and politics of a cast of characters, most of them lesbian, living in a midsize American city that may or may not be Minneapolis. Her brilliantly imagined countercultural band of friends—academics, social workers, bookstore clerks—fall in and out of love, negotiate friendships, raise children, switch careers, and cope with aging parents. Bechdel fuses high and low culture—from foreign policy to domestic routine, hot sex to postmodern theory—in a serial graphic narrative “suitable for humanists of all persuasions.”

More Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1988
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More Dykes to Watch Out for
Irksomely earnest Mo makes her debut in this, the second collection of work from Bechdel's signature comic strip. Mo's at loose ends--unemployed, unintentionally celibate and unable to come to grips with a regrettable haircut. What could the unflappable Harriet possibly see in her? Perhaps the answer lies in the "mildly erotic" account of their first night together ...

Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1992
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Dykes to Watch Out for
This is the fourth collection of work from Bechdel's signature comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For.

Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1995
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Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out for
The sixth collection of Bechdel's comic lampoons of lesbian life revisits Ginger, Mo, Lois, and Toni's early lives.

Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out for
This is the fifth collection of work from Bechdel's signature comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For. In this volume, Toni and Clarice are having a baby and of particular note is the long sequence created just for readers of Spawn--the birth itself. Where babies come from may never look the same again.

New Improved! Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1990
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New Improved! Dykes to Watch Out for
The third collection of work from Bechdel's signature comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For.

Post-dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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Post-dykes to Watch Out for
Mo considers a panoply of possible gender permutations. Angst with her as she inquires: If she were a transsexual woman, a bisexual man, or a straight woman with a penchant for gay girls, would she still be a dyke to watch out for?
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