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The Complete Persepolis
The Complete Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi -- the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor -- bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking 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: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. 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 stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through 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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DivineDiana
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I saw this on a display for #BannedBooksWeek at the Library and decided to take it home with me. Last year, I attended an onstage interview with the author at the University of Pennsylvania. She was impressive!

hermyknee Oh you‘re so lucky! I love Marjane Satrapi‘s books!!! 1mo
DivineDiana @hermyknee I felt that way! 🙂 1mo
charl08 Another fan here - would love to hear her talk. 1mo
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DivineDiana @charl08 Such a remarkable woman! 1mo
Graywacke Wait, have you read it? 1mo
DivineDiana @Graywacke Reading now! 🙂 1mo
Graywacke @DivineDiana 👍 (I don‘t want to say anything then. ☺️) 1mo
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vivastory
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More #Iran than #IRan but I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to mention one of my favorite graphic novels. The film adaptation is pretty phenomenal as well. (Speaking of excellent films about artists in contemporary Iran, I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend the stellar 2009 Nobody Knows About Persian Cats. It's not animated, but like Satrapi's graphic novel it deals memorably with artistic expression in Iran.)
#RedRoseSeptember

Ruthiella I thought of Iran 🇮🇷 too when I typed the hashtag! 😍 I love that you went there! 😂 2mo
Tanisha_A Hands down one of the best! 2mo
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arlenefinnigan Ha ! Excellent. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 Clever! And great book. 2mo
sarahbarnes Love this book!! 2mo
DivineDiana I just started this! 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Pleased to report #Booked2019 #Summer completed. ☝️

4thhouseontheleft Congrats!! 2mo
valeriegeary 👏👏👏 2mo
Cinfhen Fantastic 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Cathythoughts Yay 😀 2mo
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Billypar
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#womenintranslationmonth gave me the kick I needed to finally read this. I fell in love with the movie, so I wasn't surprised to love the book too. Satrapi vividly imagines her childhood in a series of meaningful episodes that alternate between humor and horror. For all the heartache of seeing revolution and war through a child's eyes, the soul of the book is the love she and her parents exchange through it all. The artwork is creative perfection.

batsy Great review! I love this book ❤️ 3mo
Tanisha_A Favourite! Awesome review! 3mo
Billypar @batsy @Tanisha_A Thanks! I will definitely be trying the sequel soon. 3mo
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mreads
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Persepolis - Satrapi's graphic memoir of her childhood and coming of age in Tehran and Europe during the Islamic Revolution.

Embroideries - a look into the sex lives of Iranian women as they chat during after dinner tea. (Graphic novel)

#WITmonth

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Augustdana
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I bought no less than three books yesterday plus a brand spanking new planner. I got this tote at a discount because I spent a bunch of money. How could I not?? I‘m most excited for the tagged book.

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MidnightBookGirl
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So I read Persepolis many years ago, but it's our book club pick for tomorrow's discussion. I bought the movie earlier this week because it was on sale, and it's pretty great already!

FlyOverFarm4 One of my all time favorites!❤️ A hard, thought provoking read but so powerful. 4mo
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Eggbeater
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My stepmother is an Iranian Baha'i whose family was persecuted by the Ayatollah Kohmeini. This book feels personal to me. I may have a hard time not speaking my mind about refugees at book club. In the U.S., we help create refugees due to our greedy interference and then we stick asylum seekers in cages and make them drink toilet water. Marjane' s story shows what children are running from that their parents have to risk that. Just saying.

Suet624 I agree 100% 4mo
GingerAntics With you 100%!!! We need more books like this, and we need more people willing to tell their stories. Right now, people are blocking out those stories, but the more people who speak these truths against all the lies, it‘s going to become too much effort not to listen and they‘ll be forced to listen out of their laziness. 4mo
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Aaronlisa
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I read this on June 24 and gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I have no idea as to why I put off reading this for so long. Now I just need to find Volume 2.

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Catsandbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 /5 stars I haven't read many graphic novels, but this is one of my favorite! I read the first volume of this my senior year of high school so it was great to revisit it and get the full story. I enjoyed learning more about Iran's past and wish the book was even longer.

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Catsandbooks
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Trying to get some pages read on the road #roadtripreading

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Exia
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glitterkitty459
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#readingstats #Maystats #Mayreads #comics #graphicnovels
Persepolis is my fav out of these!
Still enjoying the Giant Days series 😁

BiblioLitten Persepolis was so good! 5mo
Sweettartlaura I ❤️ Giant Days - read some of it myself this month! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 💖📚💖 5mo
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Ivonnini
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It was my first graphic novel, Great stories with real life events, very interesting point of view, but the ending felt incomplete.

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sarahjane1077
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Reading Persepolis while Kiddo plays at the park.

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ravenlee
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Tough call. The view of life in Iran, the changes over the latter part of the last century, it‘s all very interesting and I appreciate that.

But I have a hard time accepting many of Marjane‘s choices, even understanding some of them, so I lost my connection with her somewhere in the middle of the book and never regained it.

Still very much worth reading.

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ravenlee
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And again - keep the people occupied with their ordinary, everyday concerns, and everything else will just be accepted and ignored.

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ravenlee
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It‘s always in the regime‘s interest to keep the masses distracted with meaningless concerns so they can‘t focus on the important stuff. Anyone see parallels today?

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bookishbitch
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I really enjoyed this and learned a lot along the way. I think it would be a great book for world history classes. (The book info says this ends at age 14 but she was actually 24.) I highly recommend this book.

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DivineDiana
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What an honor to hear Iranian renaissance woman, Marjane Satrapi last night discuss her work at the University of Pennsylvania. Such a brave, creative woman!

Carolyn11215 Can‘t remember whether I read this or it‘s still on my TBR list. Have to check. 8mo
GatheringBooks i loved both graphic novels (persepolis 1 and 2). her embroideries is even more hilarious! tagging it here. have you seen the film adaptation of persepolis yet? (edited) 8mo
DivineDiana @GatheringBooks Thank you ! Stacked the book! Haven‘t seen the film yet, but I will! She told us that she did not want to make the film, but everything she wanted was given to her, so she had to say yes! 😀 (edited) 8mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Stoney say we loved this book! Satrapi tells her story in an open, relatable way, giving a take on the Iranian revolution that provides context while still being unique to her instead of trying to be a blanket voice for her country. She's a smart and sharp writer and artist. Thanks for giving me the poke I needed to finally read this @Tanisha_A
#nonfiction2019 something with pictures

Tanisha_A Yay yay! Nice review. Glad you liked it. It's one of my favourites. ☺️ 8mo
CaroPi That was my first graphic novel! 8mo
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BiblioLitten
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1. Mango and Litchi
2. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
3. I haven‘t read too many but I really liked Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
4. Happier and healthier
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Admirable goals for #4 🧡 8mo
Tanisha_A Mangoes, summers are here! 🥭 8mo
BiblioLitten @Tanisha_A Nooooo!!!!!! 😫 8mo
Erofan Mango, litchi 👍 Yummy 😋 8mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Realized I hadn't added Persepolis to I #nonfiction2019 card yet! Again, there were several places this one could go but I decided to use it for "something with pictures" to acknowledge Satrapi's great illustrative style.

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Krisjericho
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Wow. I knew nothing about the Iranian revolution, and so this was an education from scratch for me. And there is no one I would rather learn it from than Marjane. This girl is smart and funny and bold and loudly idealistic, and I think my younger self would have gotten along with her just fine, thankyouverymuch.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Ok @Tanisha_A I'm going for it! Thanks for the recommendation!

RadicalReader What a seriously wonderfully beautiful cat 8mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @RadicalReader thank you! That's Polly, she's a total sweetheart. 8mo
RadicalReader @WhatWouldJaneDo not sure if cats love being owned by bookworms or just that they know when their owners have books it‘s an opportune time to keep a lap warm 8mo
Tanisha_A Aha! Hope you find it a good read! Would love to know later how you like it. 8mo
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OvyReadz
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What I loved most was the fact that the author has dealt about sensitive topics in a lighter tone.It talks about Satrapi‘s childhood and her growth into adult life as she survives through islamic revolution in Iran in the 1980s,political issues and the differences it creates in public life .. everything that could have been a vague topic for me in a newspaper is told in a lively manner and keeps the reader hooked till the last word!Loved it🎈❤️

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erzascarletbookgasm
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A remarkable growing up story told in graphic by the Iranian-born French artist-writer. From her childhood in Iran (during & after the Iran Revolution of 1979, & the Iran-Iraq War) to her study and stay in Austria, and eventually France. Funny in many parts, it‘s an interesting and lighthearted account of how a young girl tries to understand what‘s going on in(and to) her country; and later as an adolescent trying to discover herself.

Cinfhen Lots of prompt slaying!!! Woohoo 10mo
Librarybelle Persepolis is so good and so eye opening 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Check in time. Book three of #24in48 . I hope everyone‘s doing way better than I am. 🙄 And having enough caffeine. And fun!

Kalalalatja Hope you like it! 10mo
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vlwelser
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And I finally finished this gem. I understand why everyone loves this. 💖📚

Tanisha_A 💙 10mo
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I love this advice from the grandmother. 💖

Tanisha_A I love Persepolis. 10mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m starting my #December by being behind from the start - both in the #WinterWonderland challenge and with my advent/calendar candle. #WinterKills my energy, but being able to drink coffee in candle light while reading almost makes up for it 🕯📖

Starting this GN today, it has been on my tbr forever! Hoping to get a chapters in before morning yoga class 🧘‍♀️

TrishB I find the dark days energy sapping too! 11mo
Cinfhen Pretty photo ❤️ 11mo
Autumnscribe This is such a wonderful book. I learned so much from reading it. 11mo
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bookishbitch
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I've wanted this since the first time I saw it. Stumbled across a copy on sale at my favorite book store. Score one for me!

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Just finished this! I loved it! The art is great. The story grasped me from the very beginning. I loved how Marjane Satrapi showed not only the challenges she faced but her personal growth. I would highly recommend to anyone!

RaimeyGallant Sounds wonderful. 12mo
RaimeyGallant Love the cover art. 12mo
ilyssa.g @RaimeyGallant The art is so beautiful throughout the book! There is also a movie based on the book with the same style of art. 12mo
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Naj
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A charming coming of age story in the backdrop of the Iranian revolution. It can be broadly divided into two parts– the fight to uphold personal freedoms under an oppressive regime, and the universal experiences of growing up. The book gives an insight into the lives of ordinary Iranians different from popular perception. Satrapi expertly shows the intersections between the personal and the political, never hiding the unlikable parts of her life.

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howjessreads
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Day 7 of #31bookpics - I love a book with a #strongheroine! I tried to pick some less expected examples (i.e. no P&P), which means I‘m showcasing some of the more random books off my shelves!

LiteraryinLititz Great choices! 13mo
GlassAsDiamonds Elizabeth Peters & Mary Stewart!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 13mo
CarolynM Legend in Green Velvet! ❤️❤️❤️ My first Elizabeth Peters novel - I read it serialised in one of my mother's magazines when I was about 12. Excellent choice 13mo
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howjessreads Thanks @LiteraryinLititz @GlassAsDiamonds @CarolynM! Glad to fend fellow EP/MS lovers!! 🙂 13mo
mabell I just read Airs Above the Ground! 13mo
howjessreads @mabell I need to reread it! It‘s been years! 13mo
mabell It was my first Mary Stewart, and I will definitely be reading her others! 13mo
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KathyWheeler
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1/ Persepolis, Harry Potter, The Kite Runner, Lady Chatterley‘s Lover, lots of Stephen King . . .
2/ Not on purpose, but I could see someone trying to challenge Vox in a library.
3/ I am Jazz
4/ I think it‘s ridiculous and sometimes wonder if it‘s not the publishers‘ representatives challenging these books (not really) as challenges just make people, who probably had no interest at first, want to read the challenged books. #HelloThursday

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Linsy
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An Illinois school district tried to ban this book in 2013, but the students fought back.

They blasted their protest across the internet, went on tv, protested, “checked out all library copies of the book,” and were just basically magnificent. The district retrenched.

The kids really are all right!

https://www.ila.org/content/documents/bbw_2014_short.pdf

#bannedbooksbonanza #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek

jmofo I really enjoyed this one! She‘s so fiesty and smart! 😍 14mo
Linsy @jmofo Me too!!! I think that it‘s one that every kid should read, especially here in the states. It taught me so much. I think a reread might be in order! 14mo
GingerAntics I love when the kids rebel in a positive way. Why was this one banned? 14mo
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Linsy @GingerAntics Me too! They were worried about graphic language and imagery and that the kids — 7th and 11th graders — weren‘t ready to be exposed to the material. 14mo
GingerAntics 🙄 That always blows my mind. Kids say worse than most books, anyway. They‘re really not learning anything new in that front. Sheesh. 14mo
Billypar What a great story: good for them! Though I'm baffled that there are people who would consider the risk of inappropriateness to be greater than the risk of not learning the historical narrative that Persepolis chronicles. 14mo
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DorkieHollieReads
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For my Book Riot Read Harder challenge, I‘m reading Persepolis for my “a book of social science.” I feel this counts as it has history, sociology, geography and is non fiction, so it would make it that much more accurate? 🤷🏾‍♀️If you can think of a better pick, please let me know. (No, really. I‘m not trying to be snarky, I need help!! Haha.)

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This is my absolutely favorite graphic novel/memoir in the world. I loved how Satrapi conveyed the complexities of the Islamic Revolution and how it affected her life (and that of every woman!) in Iran after it. Her story is really fascinating and her art is amazing, which makes it a joy to read. I recommend this book to literally everyone because it‘s fantastic in every way.

HannaPolkadots I agree! We read this for book club before summer and I've been recommending it to everyone ever since 😀 Last week one of my students was reading it during break and I really wanted to let her graduate then and there just because of that 😉 14mo
margreads Love this book. Have you seen the movie of Chicken with Plums. The last 15 minutes is the best montage of time passing I've seen 14mo
NeedsMoreBooks This is one of my favorites ❤️ 14mo
Mcoun This is the only graphic novel I have ever read and I really enjoyed it! 14mo
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Pri2000
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My first encounter with a graphic novel. Not as descriptive as a written novel,yet so vivid. This book made me think about the place of women's stories in the world,especially that of ordinary women

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RachelO
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I've been chilling out round #France for the last couple of weeks with the Little Prince (delightful company - seems a bit rude to review him!) We decided to stop off for the last day of the Avignon festival, where we caught the 10th anniversary showing of French film Persepolis.

Sad, funny, sometimes dark story of growing up in and out of Iran. Glad I've finally seen the film, but I think I need to read the book still.

#backpackeurope

hilded Definitely read the book, it's great:) 1y
KellyHunsakerReads That book is really wonderful! 1y
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TheBookAddict
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🤣🤣🤣 her father is something else! #diversereads

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TheBookAddict
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Started this today! #diversereads

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overtheedge
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I love the idea of a autobiography written as a graphic novel. This is my first.....hope to find more!

KristinaRay This was the first graphic novel I ever read. It‘s one of my favorites still. The movie was good too! 1y
HannaPolkadots I read this about a month ago for book club, and was hooked from the first drawing. Satrapi is an excellent storyteller, both through words and art. Enjoy!😀 1y
Cortg Maus Is another favorite of mine. There are 2 volumes. 1y
overtheedge I loved this...I will look for Maus and Fun Home.... 1y
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HeatherBookNerd
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Read this for the Read Harder Challenge and it was excellent. This one was a double dipper, checking off a comic written and illustrated by the same person and a comic written or illustrated by a person of color.

@bookriot #readharder

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So good! And if you liked this one try 1y
doodlebug55 This is one of my favourites 👍 1y
HeatherBookNerd @Riveted_Reader_Melissa March (the whole set) is coming up later this year. Already sitting on my TBR shelf! 1y
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