Alison Bechdel's Bookshelf


  • A Boy's Own Story

    By Edmund White

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143114840
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: February 2009
    At home, in school, and on the streets, a homosexual teenager moves through comic sexual experiments, isolation, fear, and exciting expectations toward an escape from childhood and a firm sense of self.
  • A Dialogue on Love

    Our Price: $22.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807029237
    • Publisher: BEACON PRESS
    • Published: 1999
    When she begins therapy for depression after breast cancer treatment, the author brings with her an extraordinarily open and critical mind, but also shyness about revealing herself. Resisting easy responses to issues of dependence, desire, and mortality, she warily commits to a male therapist who shares little of her cultural and intellectual world. Although not without pain, their improvised relationship is as unexpectedly pleasurable as her writing is unconventional: Sedgwick combines dialogue, verse, and even her therapist's notes to explore her interior life--and delivers and delicate and tender account of how we arrive at love.
  • A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

    By Roland Barthes

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374532314
    • Publisher: Hill and Wang
    • Published: October 2010
    A Lover's Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethe's Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover's Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.
  • Amphigorey

    By Edward Gorey

    Our Price: $22.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780399504334
    • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
    • Published: June 1980
    Fifteen works by the American artist and author provide a journey into a macabre world
  • Aquamarine

    By Carol Anshaw

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780395877555
    • Publisher: Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: November 1997
    Explores three hypothetical schemas that could have been the life of swimmer Jesse Austin if she had made different choices and had not been haunted by her loss in the Mexico City Olympics
  • Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

    By Paul Monette

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060595647
    • Publisher: Perennial Classics
    • Published: May 2004
    A book about growing up gay, and about the tyranny of self hatred of the closet. One man's struggle, for half his life, to come out. 304p.
  • Building Stories

    By Chris Ware

    Our Price: $36.00
    • Format: Boxed Set
    • ISBN-13: 9780375424335
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: October 2012
    The award-winning creator of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth presents an intricately illustrated, sprawling tale about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other and an elderly landlady. 50,000 first printing.
  • Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780547615592
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: January 2013
    After discovering that who she thought was her father was indeed not, Portland-based "zinester" Nicole Georges embarks upon a journey of identity.
  • Double Negative

    By David Carkeet

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590203002
    • Publisher: OVERLOOK
    • Published: February 2010
    When one of his colleagues at the Wabash Institute for the study of the verbal skills of toddlers is bludgeoned to death, socially clueless scholar Jeremy Cook becomes the prime suspect and must solve the case to clear his name, in an intelligent, humorous mystery by a professor of linguistics. Reprint. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
  • Drawn Together: The Collected Works of R. and A. Crumb

    By Robert Crumb

    Our Price: $29.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780871404299
    • Publisher: Liveright
    • Published: October 2012
    The legendary cartooning duo of R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky describe the ups and downs of their marriage, the obstacles faced by struggling artists and the way their lives changed after the birth of their daughter, Sophie. 20,000 first printing.
  • Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane

    By Dorothy L. Sayers

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062196538
    • Publisher: Bourbon Street Books
    • Published: October 2012
  • Girls, Visions and Everything

    By Sarah Schulman

    Our Price: $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781580050227
    • Publisher: Seal Press
    • Published: June 1999
    This reissued novel takes readers on a "wry and playful" (Out!) tour of lesbian sex, politics, and art in New York City. The city's sizzling -- especially at the Kitsch-Inn, where the girls are mounting an all-female production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Hark! A Vagrant

    By Kate Beaton

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781770460607
    • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
    • Published: September 2011
    Presents humorous takes on history, literature, and popular culture, with commentaries on such historical figures as Nikola Tesla, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Napoleon.
  • House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family

    By Paul Fisher

    Our Price: $34.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780805090208
    • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
    • Published: May 2009
    The James family, a true American dynasty, gave the world three famous children: Henry, a novelist of genius; William an influential philosopher; and Alice, an invalid who became a feminist icon despite her sheltered life and struggles with mental illness. Paul Fisher's masterly biography provides a captivating account of the conflicts - bitter struggles with depression, alcoholism, jealousy, and panic disorders - that shaped the members of this brilliant family, including two other brothers, Wilkie and Bob, whose achievements were constantly overshadowed by those of their siblings. Their mother, Mary, lent the family some stability, while the mercurial Henry James Sr. nurtured, inspired and emtionally plundered his children, setting the stage for their intense rivalries and extraordinary achievements. Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index. B&W illus. 693p.
  • Likewise

    By Ariel Schrag

    Our Price: $8.00 - $16.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416552376
    • Publisher: Touchstone Books
    • Published: April 2009
    A final installment in the popular graphic-novel-style series based on the creator's high school experiences follows Ariel's misadventures in her senior year, during which she is inspired by the works of James Joyce, misses an ex-girlfriend who has moved on, and wades through the college-application process. Original.