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The Secret to Superhuman Strength

The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Hardback)

By Bechdel, Alison

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  • Pub Date
    2 Jul 21

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 t...o 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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ISBN 9780224101905
Released NZ 2 Jul 2021
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780224101905
Stock Release date is 2 July 2021
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Released 2 Jul 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Bechdel, Alison
Category Graphic Novels
Fitness & Diet
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 194mm
Height: 260mm
Spine: 24mm
Dewey Code 741.5
Weight 950g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Graphic Novels: Non-fiction & Literary
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade