The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Alison Bechdel

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From the author of& Fun Home, a& profoundly& affecting& graphic memoir of Bechdel’s lifelong love affair with& exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times

Comics and cultural& superstar& Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply& layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s (\”Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!\”) to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through& an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern& philosophers& and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, butin something much less clearly defined: facing her own non-transcendent but all-important interdependence with others.

A heartrendingly comic chronicle for our times.

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ISBN – 9780224101905
Publisher – Penguin Random House
Format – Hardback
Dimensions – 260mm X 196mm
Categories – Graphic Novels

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Alison Bechdel
The Secret to Superhuman Strength

From the author of& Fun Home, a& profoundly& affecting& graphic memoir of Bechdel’s lifelong love affair with& exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times

Comics and cultural& superstar& Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply& layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s (\”Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!\”) to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through& an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern& philosophers& and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, butin something much less clearly defined: facing her own non-transcendent but all-important interdependence with others.

A heartrendingly comic chronicle for our times.

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Fun Home A Family Tragicomic
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED,& NATIONAL BESTSELLER&

Time Magazine#1 Book of the Year& *& National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist& *&

Winner of the Stonewall Book Award& *& & Double finalist for the Lambda Book Award& *

Nominated for the& GLAAD Media Award

Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir that charts her fraught relationship with her late father.&

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.

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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.

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Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama


The New York Times-bestselling graphic memoir about Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, 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.


A New York Times, USA Today, Time, Slate, and Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year


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\”As complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying as the finest prose memoirs.\”–New York Times Book Review


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\”A work of the most humane kind of genius, bravely going right to the heart of things: why we are who we are. It’s also incredibly funny. And visually stunning. And page-turningly addictive. And heartbreaking.\”–Jonathan Safran Foer


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\”Many of us are living out the unlived lives of our mothers. Alison Bechdel has written a graphic novel about this; sort of like a comic book by Virginia Woolf. You won’t believe it until you read it–and you must!\”–Gloria Steinem

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