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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
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Fun Home (edition 2006)

by Alison Bechdel

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This book takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr. It's a father-daughter tale perfectly suited to the graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, 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 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 adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive.--From publisher description.… (more)
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Title:Fun Home
Authors:Alison Bechdel
Info:Jonathan Cape (2006), Edition: Second Printing, Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

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Warning for young or religious readers: this is pornographic (i.e. it portrays sex and nudity). That said, it also has a lot to say about about death and relationships that is interesting and worth reading. ( )
  JMigotsky | Jan 27, 2023 |
I mean it's Fun Home. How could it not be 5 stars. ( )
  ninagl | Jan 7, 2023 |
Donated by Catherine Chambers
  ArkandDovePCLibrary | Oct 19, 2022 |
Love graphics and love memoirs, Alison Bechel had a terrible childhood. Her father was the third generation in the funeral business. It is creepy enough to be around funeral decor and have t0 be very solemn always in public but but little kids having to prep the viewing room with the folding chairs and always be immaculare is a fun part of childhood.

I had the experience of working in the upstair apartment of a funeral home temporarily. My first husband's law practice was there. The wallpaper and carpet were funeral home style. The worst part was that I know where the caskets had been.

Alison's farher was eccentric and a perfectionist, not one to give warm hugs. He had affairs with the men he hired and I will never forgive for demanding help with the embalming of a client. Not much help but just being there with a naked corpse is not a good experience for any child.

This book is one of deeply troubled childhood. The graphics and writing was top notch and now I want to read her book about her mother.
  Carolee888 | Sep 24, 2022 |
One of the true monumental classics of graphic fiction. Heart-wrenching, insightful and endlessly engaging. A microcosm of queerness in the 20th century. A must-read ( )
  Jannes | Sep 4, 2022 |
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Bechdel’s style is straightforward. Her detailed drawings strive to present what she remembers accurately and with detail. The book is black-and-white with a blue-grey watercolor wash that provides depth and adds to the feeling of memory.
 
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For Mom, Christian, and John.

We did have a lot of fun,
in spite of everything.
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Like many fathers, mine could occasionally be prevailed on for a spot of "airplane."
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This book takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr. It's a father-daughter tale perfectly suited to the graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, 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 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 adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive.--From publisher description.

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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.

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.
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