The Librarian Loves …

Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

If you think graphic novels are only about superheroes or only for teens and young adults, I invite you to read Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006) by Alison Bechdel. This best-selling memoir recounts the author’s coming of age with her oddly manic (he gardens, he decorates, he teaches high school English, he works as a mortician in the family funeral home) yet detached father. Family secrets intertwine as her father struggles with these various roles and his torments, her mother grapples with her own creative needs, and Bechdel explores her own budding self-hood.