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     "By looking inwardly, I'm trying to get outside myself and connect with other people." -- Alison Bechdel

    Welcome to the "Fun Home," better known as the Bechdel Family Funeral Home in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, where artist and author Alison Bechdel grew up with her parents and two brothers. Bechdel's comics-format memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, is a finely-honed exploration of self, as the author circles her youthful story and her complicated relationship with her enigmatic father, carefully drilling down to find the core truth of her personal identity. A pioneering work, the book broke ground across many of the genres it straddles – personal memoir, comic arts, coming-of-age tale, coming-out story, narrative nonfiction, and family drama. We hope you will enjoy your time spent in the "Fun Home."

    Fun Home resource guide (PDF)

    Schedule of Santa Monica Reads book discussions and special events

    If you liked Fun Home, you might like:

    Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama
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    Maus: A Survivor's Tale
    by Art Spiegelman

    Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
    by Liz Prince

    Alison Bechdel is a critically-acclaimed graphic memoirist and cartoonist. Both Fun Home ad its follow-up, Are You My Mother?, were New York Times bestsellers. Bechdel is also the author of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, based on her award-winning comic strip. Her comics have appeared in a wide array of publications, including Granta and The New Yorker. In 2014 she received a MacArthur fellowship. She lives in Vermont.

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     Alison Bechdel Author Photo

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