BOOK CLUB | Fred Herzog’s Vancouver Photographs & Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

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Lately I have been consumed with learning local Vancouver history and Fred Herzog’s Vancouver Photographs has helped quell my desire. His photographs of locals, local establishments, and everything quintessentially ‘Vancouver’ is a marvel to hold in your hands. The colors are vivid and transport the reader anywhere from the 1950s to the 80s.

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Of course I have a special place in my heart for anything that details vintage fashions, but his photographs are so much more than that. Flipping through, I am reminded to start taking more photos to diary my own experience of living in this ever-changing city.

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Picked up on a whim at my school’s library, I’ve been immersed in Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Now I know why it has been so acclaimed in the media. I feel as if detailing this book any further would give away its plot, but the storyline reminds the reader that no family is perfect and skeletons hang in almost everyone’s closets. Sometimes the art in graphic novels can turn me off from a great story, but the style in Fun Home is very pleasing and easy to read. A quick, heartfelt read.

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