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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood | Marjane Satrapi
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A New York Times Notable BookA Time Magazine Best Comix of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane s child s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love."
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Daliv
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Corky, funny, independent, and relatable... Amazing read...

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meagankc21
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I picked this up at the #miamibookfair in a previous year. I'll be attending again this weekend. Slowly catching up on all my purchases. I'm only a few pages in but so far its a compelling read #amreadingmemoir #amreadinggraphicnovel #diversereading

jmtrivera I liked this one too! 4w
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alisonrose
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I‘ll say at the start that I‘m not a graphic novel reader, but I wanted to read this b/c of the subject & b/c I thought the format could work well with it. Which I think it did, for the most part! But it also ended up a bit lacking for me; I wanted more info/detail on some issues raised. It all has to be so condensed & limited to fit. But I did appreciate seeing this history from a young girl‘s POV & will pick up the second one soon. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Forgot to take a pic this morning so I grabbed a quick one at my desk before my lunch break 😜 #nowreading

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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My first graphic novel. A memoir of the author's childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Very eye opening and informative.

LibrarianRyan We had a local comiccon over the weekend, and I attended a panel on diversity in comics and it was a pretty lively give and take. I has me requesting old favorites like this one, and ones I never heard of for a new examination. 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @LibrarianRyan That would have been a great panel & discussion. A very important topic. 4mo
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pdever
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Finished this fantastic book on a plane tonight. It has been on my list since the movie came out. Can't recommend it highly enough.

rwmg I didn't know there was a film 5mo
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petersonks15
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It was my turn to pick for book club and this is my pick. It‘ll be my third time reading it, and I have no regrets.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I just finished this book. That would be a great book club pick. 4mo
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jmtrivera
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I found this difficult to engage in at first, possibly because I don't have a lot of background knowledge. But what stood out to me immediately was how enormous and confusing the war and politics were to a little girl (probably almost as confusing as they are to me). It's a really sad, but fascinating story to read. Looking forward to picking up Part 2 one of these days.

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Kendyl

@TamarackTrail just want to make sure you received your #feedareader I sent it late but a few months ago and I just wanted to verify it made it to you?

TamarackTrail Oh my goodness!!! I just remembered I forgot to post about it!!!!! Thank you so much @Kendyl !!! I have been itching to have some nice weather to try the outdoor cookbook you sent. Sorry about that! Life got busy... 8mo
Kendyl No worries at all!! I usually forget to post mine too but I was worried about that one getting to you. The transaction at the post office with that package was a little concerning. 😂 Glad you got it, enjoy! 8mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Continuing on with our project of reading books we already own, today we have a new mini episode discussing the illustrated memoir PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi. You can find it in your podcast feeds or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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msmckinney
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As a middle and high school SPED teacher, a lot of holiday break is spent making sure my students will have a wonderful semester with engaging lessons. Tomorrow will be spent rereading through these two gems to write and revise curriculum for the upcoming quarter! We‘re reading Hatchet for HS and Persepolis for MS. Also, super pumped about the essential question we‘ll be exploring this unit: What does it mean to survive?

mkinney10 What an amazing combination of books! Hope your students are enjoying them! 9mo
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candority
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Day 8 of #adventrecommends

I just finished this powerful graphic memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. I knew nothing about the revolution prior to picking this up, and learning about it from a child‘s perspective (especially one that was so strong-willed) was very compelling. Please excuse me while I go start the second installment!

jmofo Have you read this one? It is lovely. (edited) 12mo
candority @jmofo I haven‘t! It looks fantastic, thank you for recommending it! 😊 12mo
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DGRachel
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About the only way I can enjoy memoirs and stories narrated by children is via graphic novel. This was a quick read, but full of insightful historical detail. I will definitely read the second volume soon. This is my 160th book read this year and the 49th for MountTBR. It also counts for graphic novel on The Reading Women 2018 challenge so I‘m at 16/25 for that challenge. (Gratuitous #Bailey picture just because. #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy)

britt_brooke Great book and even cuter reading buddy! 💚🐾 12mo
LeahBergen Sleepy girl. ❤️ 12mo
LauraBeth Impressive! Also - Bitsy is jealous of Bailey‘s well-groomed nails! 😂 12mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth They do look good in that shot, but it‘s just a trick of the light. I need to get her to the vet to get them cut back. 😱 12mo
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chelreads
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After reading this graphic novel, I can‘t wait to finish out the series tomorrow with the second installment! #80in18

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TheBookAddict
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Wow, intense! A #mustread! A glimpse into a world that is very misunderstood and unknown to most of us. We need to read more books like these and get to know people from different cultures, countries, and walks of life before we start assuming things and judging a group of people as a whole. A good format that gets to the point, yet still allows the reader to feel for the people involved and is engaging. #diversereads #GokuToles #TolesBrats

TheBookAddict Goku lost his collar at some point...maybe it was his form of revolution. 😔 #dogsoflitsy #dogmomproblems 1y
Quirkybookworm Your dog looks like a shadow! 1y
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kaylscampbell
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Eye opening

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BlueStockingReviews
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A unique and enlightening coming-of-age graphic memoir set in Iran, and weighted with high-contrast illustrations that transport us to another time and place. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Marjane Satrapi is the great-granddaughter of one of Iran‘s last emperor‘s, and her parents are committed Marxist‘s. PERSEPOLIS is her... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/persepolis

ReadingisMyPassion Oh, I really liked this book. 2y
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BlueStockingReviews
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A unique and enlightening coming-of-age graphic memoir set in Iran, and weighted with high-contrast illustrations that transport us to another time and place.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Marjane Satrapi is the great-granddaughter of one of Iran‘s last emperor‘s, and her parents are committed Marxist‘s. PERSEPOLIS is her... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/persepolis

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Q84
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟5/5 stars
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I will be continuing the next book. Oh this is such a good story. Definitely recommend this one!
#4in48Readathon @Syndelle777

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Squeezing in my graphic novel #book5 #readathon #teamanz2018

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Auntynanny
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This book was so beautifully written and illustrated. I'm so glad I finally read it and I can't wait to read the second instalment.

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JoyBlue
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Graphic novels are not my favorite reading platform. I think I find them generally too busy. That being said, I'm seriously considering reading the second installment in order to see what happens next. We'll see. . . .

As for the content, I'm only a few years older than the author. It's interesting to read that history, as an adult (we were both children at the time of the story), from the perspective of an age-peer living there/at that time.

readinginthedark From the same area as well? How interesting! 2y
JoyBlue @readinginthedark No, I‘m not from there. We only (approximately) share age. 2y
readinginthedark Oh okay. That would be an interesting comparison, though! 2y
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BookaholicNatty
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Valentine Fun #5 - Found this graphic novel at the thrift store. I‘m enjoying it. I did see someone post that there is an entire hardback collection of this or is it a novel? Anyone know? I want to look into that. This story follows what a young girls life is like in Iran and how she grows up. I‘m not too far in so that‘s about all I know!

cobwebmoth There are two volumes. The book I have contains both of them in one book.☺ 2y
BookaholicNatty @cobwebmoth that‘s where I saw it!!!!!!! I knew I had just seen it somewhere! 😊 2y
elizabethlk Both of the books are well worth the read. Mask and Satrapi is a brilliant writer, and her story is well worth hearing. Her other work is pretty good stuff too. 2y
therealdealbeall It's a memoir and the second volume tells more about the author's adult life. I haven't seen a hardback version of the complete story, but I have it in paperback. There is also a movie, which I watched in my high school French class. That's where I first heard of this story. Embroderies by the same author is also good. 2y
BookaholicNatty @therealdealbeall That‘s awesome! Thank you for telling me about the movie and about Embroderies! ❤️ 2y
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rmaclean4
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I wish I had the next installment of this memoir, I would read it right away! I had only the most basic understanding of Iranian history. I found this book so compelling. Highly reccomend. It also checked off some categories for #readharderchallenge2018 and #readingwomenchallenge. I am 5.5 hours in to my first #24in48readathon. Time for a bit of a break :)

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rmaclean4
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Heading into hour three and time to dive into this memoir. #24in48 #readharder2018 #readingwomenchallange

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tpixie
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This was a timely read, given the protests that are happening in Iran. This helped make history easy. Xmas wreath doesn‘t go with the book, but the colors do and I‘m still on vacation one more day!!

SusanInTiburon Such a good book! 2y
tpixie @SusanInTiburon yes- a little history lesson! 2y
Betty Got the Complete Persepolis from the library yesterday! Am saving it for #letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon (long hashtag!) beginning Jan 13th (edited) 2y
tpixie @Betty oh! Good! Lol even with @LitsyHappenings it hard to keep up with everything! I‘ll have to see if my Library has it! 2y
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TheBookAddict
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Visiting the in-laws in Mississippi and I of course had to find a bookstore down here. So we went to Square Books in Oxford, MS.
Couldn‘t help but to hop in the telephone booth to take a trip to the Ministry of Magic😆. I also had to purchase a journal, Persepolis 1 & 2, and 2 bookmarks. #bookhaul #indiebookstore #GetIndie

JackieSmith Persepolis is so good! 2y
TheBookAddict @JackieSmith ive heard so many great things about it. 2y
rustoryhuf Of all the places we‘ve lived, Mississippi is my favorite. I sent you an email using the address on your blog. 2y
OrangeMooseReads Persepolis is excellent 2y
TheBookAddict @rustoryhuf we are thinking of looking for a home out here in a couple of years or so. I love it out here. I was born and raised in the city, but I am definitely not a city girl. We currently live in the city again and as soon as our lease is up we are moving somewhere quieter. I just read the email and sent you a response. Sorry it took me so long to respond, but it‘s an email I don‘t check as often. 😊 2y
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tpixie
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Chloe helped me get a little reading in before the Baking of the Cookies! #christmascookies #DogsOfLitsy

Kendyl @tpixie are you liking it? I read this for a course last year it was my first graphic novel and I enjoyed it, very interesting! 2y
tpixie I‘m not to far along, but so far I like it. I appreciated the historical summary at the beginning too. It‘s my 1st Graphic novel, too! 2y
Daisey I‘ve heard so many great reviews of this and will look forward to yours. I finally borrowed a copy from a friend and hope to make it one of my first reads of 2018. 2y
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tpixie @Daisey I‘m enjoying it. I thought it would be easy to just read snippets in between baking cooking and family!! 2y
Betty I plan to read this after I put in an InterLibraryLoan request. 2y
tpixie @Betty @Daisey we‘re doing another serial / rotating #buddyread! 2y
Betty @tpixie tell me more about this rotating #buddyread 2y
tpixie @Betty sorry- I mean our covertocover is like a rotating buddy read, and then it looks like me, Daisy and you are all going to read Persepolis around the same time or one right after another 2y
Betty Yea, @tpixie you're so right 2y
tpixie @Betty ♥️🎉♥️ 2y
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DMC_run8
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I've been meaning to read this for about 15 years. I'm so glad I finally got around to it! Absolutely heartbreaking but oddly hopeful at the same time.

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JillPill
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Sitting on my balcony reading this today. I've heard really good things about it so I'm excited!

Kaye I wish it was warm enough to sit outside here to read. I think I‘m going to try it. 😳 I‘ll get back to you and let you know how it goes. 2y
JillPill @kaye Where are you located? I'm down in the Florida Keys so it never really gets cold here 🌴 2y
Kaye I‘m in Ohio. 🙄😵 pics to follow. 2y
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Librarybelle
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After some research, I came up with my #cult5 picks. So many good choices out there; cult books are hard to define! Thanks for the tag, @AnneCecilie !

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

Anyone who has a list and hasn‘t been tagged, consider yourself tagged!

jillannjohn Love these! 2y
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AnansiGirl
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Midnight finish of #bannedbooksweek with Marjane Satrapi. Her graphic novel was abruptly pulled from Chicago classrooms and libraries in March 2013. The furor of protests led to district administrators allowing the book at grade 11 level, but remains banned to grade 7. Grades 8-10 teachers are required to complete supplemental training before Persepolis is approved to be taught in class.

AnansiGirl CBLDF interview with Jarrett Dapier who exposed CPS emails to the public.

http://cbldf.org/2015/02/exclusive-cbldf-talks-to-persepolis-sleuth-jarrett-dapi...
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robertemmett
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Satrapi's graphic memoir navigates the complicated history of Iran's Islamic Revolution with the ease, candor, and insight only a child can provide. What a deeply heart wrenching story. Please read and reread this forever.

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Natasha.C.Barnes
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I finished Persepolis last week and it totally qualifies as a #tearjerker among other things. My favorite part about this book was getting a glimpse into how children interpret the kinds of political climates and events like occurred in Iran/this book, even how their games reflect what they're seeing. I cried when I finished this, because it was so beautiful, and because of how much I wanted to protect that little girl. #awesomeautumnbooks

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TofuandBooks
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Heartbreaking and beautiful! I‘m having everyone I know read this.

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AllenTStClair
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Just finished part 1 & 2 of Persepolis. I absolutely adored the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of growing up in post-revolution Iran. Very enlightening and endearing, as well as thought provoking. Not sure if I'm a convert to graphic novels, but these are a definite must!

mrp27 Glad you liked them! (edited) 2y
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AllenTStClair
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Just picked up my first attempt at graphic novels from the Sherman Public Library thanks to a suggestion from my Litsy pen pal @Courtneynobody Can't wait to read them!

TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 I hope you enjoy them. Let us know what you think. They're on my TBR but have not gotten to them yet. #LitsyLovesLibraries 2y
moranadatter Great choice! Hope you love them. 2y
Courtneynobody Hope you like them! 2y
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hermyknee Good choice! 2y
AllenTStClair @TheBookAddict I will post a review right after I finish them. 😁 2y
AllenTStClair @Courtneynobody Thanks, again! I'll be sure to write you with my thoughts! 2y
Zelma Good choice! Persepolis was my first GN years ago and I have been a convert ever since. 👍 2y
AllenTStClair @Zelma I have to give the choice credit to @Courtneynobody but I think she did right by me. 😀 2y
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ScientistSam
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Scored a couple of graphic novels at my last trip to the Book Cellar used bookstore!

britt_brooke Persepolis is SO good. I haven't read Maus yet, but it's waiting on my shelf. 2y
ScientistSam @britt_brooke I saw the movie version of Persepolis and thought it was great, so am excited to read it! 2y
britt_brooke @ScientistSam I still need to see the movie. Happy to hear it was good! 2y
batsy I loved both of these! 2y
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Laura317
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It is so hot and humid here today that none of us want to venture out. Kids are watching YouTube Minecraft videos or Dsnce Moms, husband is watching a Star Wars animated series, and I'm taking advantage of the time reading. This is my next read.

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jillannjohn
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I was fascinated with the history here. My first time reading a graphic novel and I really enjoyed it.

Sydsavvy Me too! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Readage
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• probably shouldn't start this book right now because it's due back at the library tomorrow, but what the heck! •

#currentlyreading #cr #graphicnovel #illustrated #nonfiction #memoir

britt_brooke Loved this book so much! 2y
Readage @britt_brooke I've heard great things! 2y
WanderingBookaneer It's a fast read. 2y
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Readage @WanderingBookaneer Yes! I'm hoping I'll have it read in time. Good so far 🙂 2y
braveliteraryworld It's so good but so powerful. 2y
Readage @braveliteraryworld 😊👏🏼 I'm excited! 2y
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jillannjohn
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Starting Persepolis tonight. My first graphic novel!

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BookishShelly
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I've known about this graphic memoir for years and finally got around to reading it. It's just as good as I've heard. Highly recommend, especially if you like memoirs and are interested in Iranian history.

britt_brooke So good!! 3y
Peddler410 I finally bought this one months ago! Still haven't read. 😞 Some of my middle school students read it for their Reading class. 3y
tpixie Thx! It's sitting on my nightstand waiting for me! 3y
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ReadingSusan
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This is an excellent graphic novel memoir. It's a must read. It made me angry and sad but also made me laugh.

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NCNY
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This was so good. I need to read all the graphic memoirs I can get my hands on. This, Fun Home, the March series - this format is so effective in helping you get immersed in a person's life.

Caterina I agree! I've loved the graphic memoirs I've read. Maus, Vietnamerica, Vincent, and Boxers/Saints are also amazing! (edited) 3y
Caterina (Vincent and Boxers/Saints obviously not being memoirs, but nonfiction and similar in many ways to the memoirs!) 3y
NCNY @Caterina I'm adding all of those to my tbr. Thanks for the recommendations! 3y
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Oblomov26 I can recommend Joe Sacco who does what I can only describe as graphic novel reporting 3y
NCNY @Oblomov26 Ooh. More recommendations. Thanks! 3y
Zelma Lucy Knisely has quite a few memoirs out. They are hit or miss (in my opinion) but the hits are fabulous. She is also not afraid of showing her truth, even if it makes her look bad. In particular, Relish and Displacement resonated with me. (edited) 3y
NCNY @Zelma Adding both to my tbr. Thanks!! 3y
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sprainedbrain
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#RockInMay #MagicCarpetRide

1. Persepolis has a lovely page where the author shows travel and time passing with help of a magic carpet. Love this graphic novel series.

2. Just finished The Wind Through Through the Keyhole last night... in the story inside the story inside the story, Tim takes a ride on a magic napkin/tablecloth/sheet, but I totally pictured a magic carpet.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

batsy I'd forgotten that sequence in Persepolis! It was so beautifully done. 3y
Zelma I really need to re-read Persepolis. 💕 3y
Cinfhen Great picks👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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5 ⭐! So good! I should have bought the second volume😳there goes my monthly book spending budget I have set for myself 💸 🕯#LitsyReadingChallenge #LRC15. Sadly, this is my first book to read by a Middle Eastern author- Any recommendations to books similar to this one and/ or by Middle Eastern authors?? Wanting to expand my literary horizons 🤓

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Emily92Bibliophile
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#BookMail is the best! While Maus is a little on the beat up side ( multiple tears, described as Used- Good Condition on Thrift Books ) but either way I am very excited to read both!

Erynecki Love both! 3y
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sprainedbrain
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#AprilBookShowers #subtitles

Such a great graphic novel!

Pemberley I've never actually tried a graphic novel before, is this a good place to start? 3y
JenP One of the few graphic novels I've actually loved 3y
Hoopiefoot @Pemberley it was my 1st graphic novel and I loved it 3y
Laura317 I have it, but I haven't read it yet. 3y
sprainedbrain @Pemberley Yes, it is! I'm pretty new to them too, but this one was enjoyable. 3y
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