Join us! The Women's Center's Reading Club will be meeting on Thursday, July 25
at 11:30 am
in the Women’s Center (Memorial Gym, 109) for discussion and feminist analysis of the two bestsellers "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" and "Are You my Mother?: A Comic Drama" by Alison Bechdel. Light refreshments will be provided and participants are welcome to bring their own lunches. Everyone is invited to attend!
The Book Club is facilitated by the Women's Center staff
. To RSVP to attend, please e-mail us directly. Or, if you have suggestions for future books or articles, pass them along!
We will be selecting our second book by consensus at our first meeting.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
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.
Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel 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.
Copies are available for purchase at the University of Idaho VandalStore.