Certifiable genius Alison Bechdel (she won the MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2014,) is an American cartoonist best known for the beloved syndicated strip, “Dykes to Watch Out For.” Her contribution also includes the Bechdel Test, which measures gender bias in film. After putting the long-running “Dykes to Watch Out For” on hiatus, Bechdel released the graphic memoir Fun Home, later adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical in 2015.
Below are Alison Bechdel’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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I’d definitely need some Jane Austen on a desert island, so I choose her most complex book. Lots of people (including Austen’s mother) find the heroine Fanny “insipid,” but as a shy person I identify with her and love how she learns to speak up for herself.
The Price of Salt
This has been on my list forever, but it’s been getting a lot of attention lately because of Todd Haynes’ excellent movie adaptation, “Carol.” It was the first novel about lesbians to have a happy ending, but it’s also a really unnerving and propulsive story, like all of Patricia Highsmith’s books. She originally published it under a pseudonym so it didn’t wreck her career.
The Night Watch
I love all of Sarah Waters’ historical fiction but this is my favorite novel, set during and after WWII. It starts slow but picks up insane momentum, using reverse narration to follow the characters backward in time to the explosive wartime scenes that shaped them.
$160.75 Row, Row, Row Your Boat
John Cameron Mitchell
$139.77 The Subtle Knife
$166.00 The Far Side of the Dollar
Bret Easton Ellis
$167.00 Play It As It Lays
Neil Patrick Harris
$156.93 Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
$220.95 Midnight's Children
$354.89 Division Street: America
$186.70 King Lear
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