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Drawn to Berlin
Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe | Ali Fitzgerald
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Her students draw images of tragic violence and careful optimism: rafts and tanks, flowers and the Eiffel Tower. In her eight years in Germany, Ali Fitzgerald experiences the highs of the creatively hopeful, along with the deep depression of the disillusioned, all while waiting to stumble onto her own glory like the great Modernists before her. In the gigantic plastic bubble that is the refugee center, worlds collide and echo, and her drawings are compassionate and unflinchingly intimate, perfectly visualizing the fantasy of her Bohemia crumbling in a globalized city.
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DGRachel
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After a very rough start, March really picked up and finished strong. The tagged book was my favorite new read, but my best reads were all rereads: Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 3mo
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DGRachel
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Met the author tonight at Park Road Books and she asked my favorite animal 🦒 and drew one for me. I love artists. She said she‘d never drawn a giraffe before. ❤️

Eyelit Aw! 💙🦒 4mo
readordierachel How cool! 4mo
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A quick read, but powerful. This is both history and memoir, and as such it serves as both a warning and a call to action, while also sharing brief glimpses into the lives of people fleeing war torn Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. I found some of the panels difficult to follow and the art style isn‘t my favorite, but I would still highly recommend this work of graphic nonfiction. Not for kids, though.

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😢 This book is heartbreaking.

LaLecture And yet, people in or voting for this party claim not to be racist 🙄. The AfD really makes me worry 1933 will repeat itself. 4mo
DGRachel @LaLecture that is truly terrifying 😭 4mo
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I‘m going to meet the author at #ParkRoadBooks on Thursday, so I wanted to read this account of the refugees she met and taught in Berlin. She gives a little history lesson, as well, of Jewish refugees fleeing Russian pogroms and it suddenly made me wonder...with the rise (again) of nationalism globally, could we see a repeat of the Holocaust?

CoverToCoverGirl Very scary question indeed! 4mo
jpmcwisemorgan I‘m not sure we‘ll see camps of that size, although what is happening to children at the border is not a good sign. I think we‘ll see things like a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which will result to death. We already have people crowdfunding for medical care (some one died somewhat recently because they couldn‘t pay for their insulin or raise the money fast enough). I think it‘s already happening but not enough people want to see it. 4mo
DGRachel @jpmcwisemorgan Ugh. It makes me sad, scared, and so nauseated to think that the US could be ground zero for such an atrocity. And the separation of children at the border is just mind-boggling. I don‘t understand how anyone can support that. 4mo
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