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If you liked Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

If you liked Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
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, graphics, and redemptive. (catalog summary)

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Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? [a memoir] by Roz Chast


Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? [a memoir]
by Roz Chast

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Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir, Or, How I Kicked Anorexia's Ass and Embraced Body Positivity! by Lacy J. Davis


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One Hundred Demons by Lynda BarryOne Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
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Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

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