|"Fun Home" book cover|
The book "Fun Home" is a story of two people who live under the same roof, live different lives, but through a journey of self identity, Bechdel realizes she really wasn't all that different from her father.
The graphic memoir has caused some controversy throughout the state of South Carolina.
"Fun Home" has even gained national attention. South Carolina House of Representatives voted last month to cut funding for the college. The panel voted to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston's budget for assigning "Fun Home," according to The Washington Post.
Lynne Ford, associate provost for curriculum and academic association at CofC, said that when the committee met for the previous years book choice they, "wanted it to be something that kids can relate to but also give an introduction into what it means to read and think at a college level as apposed to a high school level," Ford said.
Johnathan Safran Foer, author of "Eating Animals"was on campus shortly after his book was chosen to talk with the students and facility. "He was the one to introduce the committee to "Fun Home,"" Ford says.
Christopher Korey, director of First Year Experience at CofC, is also a committee member and took part in choosing "Fun Home."
"Definitely not. It is important that we choose books that introduce important ideas, provoke open discussion, and bring a story that is relevant to the time and place that our students live in," Korey said when asked if he would go back and change his choice.
Students around campus have mixed reviews about the book "Fun Home."
Paige O'Dell felt the opposite, she said, "It's a real world topic and people who got upset about it shouldn't send their kids to a liberal arts school. Plus the reading wasn't required, it was just encouraged, so if it bothered someone they didn't have to read it. I don't see the big deal."
Ford said the committee has already chosen this years book for the fall semester. "The Good Soldiers" was their choice and legislation did ask to review it, but has later given the okay. For more information on this years book choice or past books, go to http://collegereads.cofc.edu.