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By Alison Bechdel
232 pages; Mariner Books

Because she made "comics" serious literature.

Bechdel's graphic memoir intertwines the story of her tormented, closeted gay father, who ran a funeral parlor and favored teenage boys, along with her own coming-of-age as a lesbian. Her father's life ended in suicide, and in this raw, honest story, she grapples with their complicated relationship and the toll his secrets took on their family. Moving and profoundly original. — Dawn Raffel