Dana Hosts Graphic Medicine Book Club and Introduces New Book Collection

On October 25th, Dana invited community members to attend a graphic medicine book club, featuring the book, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Vermont author Alison Bechdel. Led by librarian Alice Stokes and co-sponsored by the Larner College of Medicine Gender and Sexuality Alliance Student Interest Group (SIG), this book club meeting was popular with Medical Students and had 13 attendees. Fun Home is a graphic memoir that explores the author’s relationship with her late father. Themes of sexual identity, parent-child relationships and coming-of-age are combined with stunning illustrations.

“At once a coming-out story, an examination of the complex relationship we can have with our parents and the role of art and literature in processing our lives… Smart, darkly funny and a little fearless, Fun Home reads like a true-life modern American Gothic.” – Time Best Comics of 2006

Fun Home is just one book in Dana’s new Graphic Medicine collection that deals with medical and health-related topics like aging, Alzheimer’s, and memoirs. They are often autobiographical and originate from a growing popularity in graphic novels by and for adults. Graphic Medicine books tell stories and provide perspectives on medical and health topics and experiences through the lens of the graphic novel genre. Graphic novels combine comics and literature; the skillful combination of words and images make for engaging reading.

Come check out this fascinating collection. If you have questions, or would like to learn more about Graphic Medicine, contact Dana Librarian Alice Stokes at 656-4386 or alice.stokes@uvm.edu.

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