New Release Books by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel is the author of Fun Home (2021), The Secret to Superhuman Strength (2021), Are You My Mother? (2012), The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For (2008) and other 14 books.

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Fun Home

release date: Nov 11, 2021
Fun Home
DISCOVER the BESTSELLING GRAPHIC MEMOIR behind the 2019 Olivier Award nominated musical. ''A sapphic graphic treat'' The Times A moving and darkly humorous family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Alison Bechdel''s gothic drawings. If you liked Marjane Satrapi''s Persepolis you''ll love this. 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 the family babysitter. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive. Interweaving between childhood memories, college life and present day, and through narrative that is equally heartbreaking and fiercely funny, Alison looks back on her complex relationship with her father and finds they had more in common than she ever knew. ''A groundbreaking masterpiece'' The Independent ''A finely woven blend of yearning and euphoric fantasy'' Evening Standard **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN''S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**

The Secret to Superhuman Strength

release date: May 04, 2021
The Secret to Superhuman Strength
The Best Graphic Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly | A New York Times Best Graphic Novel of 2021 | A New York Times Notable Book | An Autostraddle Best Queer Book of the Year | A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year | A St. Louis Post Dispatch Best Book of the Year | NPR, 12 Books NPR Staffers Loved | Shelf Awareness Best Books of 2021 From the author of Fun Home, a profoundly affecting graphic memoir of Bechdel''s lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s ("Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!") to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern philosophers and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, but in something much less clearly defined: facing her own non-transcendent but all-important interdependence with others. A heartrendingly comic chronicle for our times.

Are You My Mother?

release date: May 01, 2012
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
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.”

Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out for
Book 11 in the series finds Alison Bechdel''s much loved cast of characters discovering that nothing but change is constant. Mo is working her way through library school, Sparrow and Stuart face parenthood, Clarice and Toni clash over the gay marriage debate while Sydney''s mammogram yields very bad news. Bechdel is legendary for her ability to examine global politics through the prism of dinner conversation and this book certainly is no exception.

The Indelible Alison Bechdel

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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

Post-dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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?

Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1995
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.

The Essential Iliad

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Essential Iliad
While preserving the basic narrative of the Iliad, this selection also highlights the epic''s high poetic moments and essential mythological content, and will prove especially useful in surveys of world literature.

Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Hot, Throbbing Dykes to Watch Out for
Alison''s Bechdel''s cartoons are a libidinous commentary on the tsunami of lesbian erotica surging through the culture. The familiar cast of characters will keep readers laughing as their carnal mores are revealed.

Split-level Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Split-level Dykes to Watch Out for
Big changes are set in motion when many of Alison Bechdel''s best-loved lesbian gals find themselves on the move in this eighth cartoon collection. Illustrations.

New Improved! Dykes to Watch Out for

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

More Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1988
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 ...

Spawn of Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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.

Complete Dykes to Watch Out for

release date: Jan 01, 1997

Dikes Watch Out for 1995

release date: Jan 01, 1994

Dykes to Watch Out for 1997

release date: Aug 01, 1996
Dykes to Watch Out for 1997
This eighth edition of Alison Bechdel''s calendar adds to the ongoing spectator sport of watching our gills in action.
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