Reviewed by Abby Morrow, Community Engagement Librarian

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Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are you my Mother? returns with a graphic memoir about her relationship with exercise over the course of her life.

In The Secret to Superhuman Strength, Bechdel weaves her own narrative with the histories of the founders of Transcendentalism, Jack Kerouac, and Buddhism.  Bechdel shines in this book, recounting her history with skiing, martial arts, running, yoga and an array of exercise “fads” like the 7 minute workout.  The book transcends these topics, asking the question:  what is the secret to superhuman strength?  Highly recommended!