September 26, 2014

Banned Books Week: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: June 2005
Source: My own copy


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.

Banned Books Week ~ Hosted by Book Journey
My Thoughts:

Comics and graphic novels are the theme of Banned Books Week this year. It was the perfect time to finally read Fun Home.

I haven't been completely under a rock, I've known about this book and have been meaning to get to it for years. You readers know how that goes! So many books, so little time.

I can't tell you how glad I am to have finally made the time for this one. What an exquisitely painful, beautiful, and moving story.

There aren't many things I can say about this book that haven't already been said. It's as funny and as powerful as everyone has been saying for years. It will break your heart and make you feel entirely hopeful at the same time.

Fun Home is an absolute triumph. If you haven't read this you shouldn't waste another moment. Read it. Now.

Here's a great case study of Fun Home by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on where and why this book has been banned/challenged. 


  1. This looks great. I need to see if I can find it.

    1. Yes. Yes you do. I think this would be the perfect book for the upcoming Dewey's readathon, if you plan on participating.

  2. I had never heard of this one! I must read it! Great addition to our Banned week!

  3. Ah! I was wondering what about the book got it banned : /

    1. Ha! How did I forget to include that information?? I'm off to edit this post right now :D

  4. Thanks Jennifer- apparently I DO live under a rock, because I've never heard of this one. I also didn't realize that Banned Books Week had a theme this year, although I have read posts about Bone being banned. Thanks for all of the insight and a well done review. I'm honestly not a big fan of graphic novels but this one looks compelling.

  5. This is a new one for me! Great choice!

  6. I didn't realize Banned Books week had a theme this year, either. So THAT'S why there've been so many graphic novels being discussed.

  7. I'm doing a podcast on graphic novels next week so I'm trying to cram as many as possible in between now and then. It's not a genre I usually read, but this one sounds great. Thanks.