The Secret to Superhuman Strength

The Secret to Superhuman Strength Review

From the author of Fun Home, a profound graphic memoir of Bechdel's lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times

Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s ("Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!") to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern philosophers and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, but in something much less clearly defined: facing her own non-transcendent but all-important interdependence with others.

A heartrendingly comic chronicle for our times.

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  • Elyse  Walters

    Alison Bechdel, is one of the few ‘rare-bird-anomalies’ that is a master-mind memoir genius. Two other female memoir masters that come to mind is Dani Shapiro and Joyce Maynard …..Each of these ...

  • Dave Schaafsma

    "Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream"--The Sound of Music The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel is, as of the first of June, the best ...

  • Sam Quixote

    Alison Bechdel’s latest is - in theory - about her lifelong love of exercise. In theory. And it is about that. In part. But it’s mostly this rambly, vague, wishy-washy, truncated autobio with many...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    On the surface this is a graphic memoir about fitness and exercise, told in decades of Bechdel's life and moving through different activities like skiing, running, biking, yoga, and martial arts. But ...

  • Liam

    Video ReviewThis is my 5th advanced reader copy (ARC) review. This means I received this ebook for free, in exchange for this review by Netgalley. I'm not financially motivated, as I read library book...

  • Rod Brown

    A rambling but mostly engaging memoir of Bechdel's lifelong fetish for exercise equipment and a slow coming to terms with her mortality. She goes decade by decade from the 1960s (her teens) through th...

  • Nore

    A bit of a rambly autobiography tracing Bechdel's life through her interest in exercise and fitness (and Buddhism), paralleled throughout with details of other authors with an interest in the outdoors...

  • Geoff

    This is a memoir of the author's psychological journey disguised as a memoir of her physical journey. A maybe it's a journey of how her years of trying to master her body allowed her finally to come t...

  • Sarah  :)

    Bechdel remains unmatched....

  • Laura

    Like those who say they knew bands before they were famous, that is the way I feel about Alison Bechdel. I knew her before Fun House, back when she first started Dykes to Watch Out For. It turns out s...