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July 2, 2006

24 Down, 28 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, is simply the most engaging book I have read this year, and the most interesting graphic novel since David B.'s Epileptic. Bechdel's ink and wash drawings are simple yet emotive, and her coming of age story blends well with her father's troubled, yet meticulous, life. Literary analogies abound through the book, but always work in their context and never weigh down the plot. Bechdel is as talented an artist as she is a storyteller, and this book is the proof. Fun Home is my favorite book of the year, and is strongly recommended.

My next book is Gary Troup's Bad Twin.

see also:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)