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Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq | Sarah Glidden
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Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war s refugees. Joining the trio is a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves. As the crew works their way through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, Glidden observes the reporters as they ask civilians, refugees, and officials, Who are you? Everyone has a story to tell: the Iranian blogger, the United Nations refugee administrator, a taxi driver, the Iraqi refugee deported from the US, the Iraqis seeking refuge in Syria, and even the American Marine. Glidden ("How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less") records all that she encounters with a sympathetic and searching eye. Painted in her trademark soft, muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor, "Rolling Blackouts" cements Glidden s place as one of today s most original nonfiction voices."
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JulietteGF
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A great graphic non-fiction about journalism. Totally worth reading!

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WanderingBookaneer
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Leniverse How odd. In Norway that's basically the definition of an asylum seeker. Whereas a refugee is someone who has been displaced due to warfare and destruction. The UK operates with a different definition again, where you are a refugee until you are granted asylum seeker status. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Kelly
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I liked her first graphic memoir so I'm excited to read this title.

LA_Mead I LOVED this one! 2y
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LukkiAnn
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I was out off the research desk for 30 minutes and had a graphic novels haul for the weekend 📚 cannot wait to put my little one to bed 😴😬

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trueisa4letterword
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I liked this, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a pick. Interesting subject matter and it helped that I majored in journalism. Too easy to put down.

#nonfictiongraphicnovel #journalism

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Kathrin
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Great behind the scene book about journalism and easily accessible information about the Middle East around 2010. I also really enjoyed the watercolors.

My reading spot today is a massive contrast to the content of this book.

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Chessa
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4 ⭐️ This is a graphic travel memoir about the author's time in the Middle East (including Iraq and Syria). But it's actually about journalism as much as anything - how to do it ethically, questions of objectivity, marketability and more. It was very informative-she's great at giving contextualizing information to help you understand the conflicts of the countries that she's in. Not exactly a light or fast read, but I'm definitely glad I read it.

Smrloomis Oooh, thanks for posting! 3y
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Steph_EE
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SarahSaysRead
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I'm focusing on catching up on my pull list for today's #readathon 😄 What are you reading?

#comics #rahrahreadathon @DeweysReadathon #TBRpile #goodmorning

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Erin01
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picked up some books I've been waiting for at the library today 📚😀☕

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ute_f
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What is (good) journalism? What do I expect from journalism? This graphic novel makes me think about those questions.

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NoFrigateLikeABook
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Fascinating and informative. Well-written and beautifully drawn.

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Lindy
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- Oh yeah.

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Lindy
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- I'm feeling very grumpy about this all of a sudden.
- About what?
- Politics.

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Lindy
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"Now that's a story Americans could understand... smuggling your dog across the border because you love him so much."

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Lindy
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... anything that is informative, verifiable, accountable and independent. And using those terms seems like a really great way of thinking about it. Because it's not a medium and it's not a result and it's not a voice. It's an expectation.

BookishMarginalia 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3y
melbeautyandbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Lindy @BookishMarginalia @melbeautyandbooks I'm glad this quote resonates with you. It's a great book. 😊 3y
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Lindy
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What is journalism? A cartoonist records the work of independent American reporters in Iraq and Syria. Glidden's watercolour art make individual people and settings personal. Refugees, politics, a travelling companion who's a US vet of the war in Iraq, the financial need to sell stories, the heartbreak of millions of displaced people - each with their own story - this book is full of important, interesting content. I recommend it.

shawnmooney Stop reading such interesting books! My TBR is teetering over here! :) 3y
Lindy @shawnmooney it's only fair. You are doing the same thing to me. 😉 3y
shawnmooney I knew you'd come back with that. Lol. All's fair in love, war, and bibliophilia, hey? 3y
Lindy Yup. 😀 3y
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Lindy
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"I always ask myself: is it better that this story is out there in the world than if it wasn't? If the answer is yes, then you do it. The way the reader uses that story to understand the world is up to them."

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Lindy
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Libby1 💔 3y
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Lindy
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My Friday night.
@Bookworm83

rabbitprincess Nice beer glass! 😄 3y
Lindy @rabbitprincess Belgian beer of any kind - I love it all. Got a case of various Belgian glassware at an auction for 25 cents a glass. 3y
Bookworm83 Perfect! 🙌🏻 3y
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Lindy
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BookishMarginalia
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Sarah Glidden has created a cartoon for The Nib that clearly and concisely explains the extreme vetting process that refugees already undergo (underwent, I guess), in case any Littens are curious: https://thenib.com/why-the-refugee-vetting-process-is-already-too-tough #ReadOutsideTheLines

You might also like: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/01/30/artists-are-using-...

Lacythebookworm Sarah Glidden ❤Thanks for sharing! 3y
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for those links. 3y
JoeStalksBeck Hi miss! How do I sign up for the Cupid exchange?❤️😊 3y
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Kristy_K Thank you for sharing this! 3y
kspenmoll Thank you so much for all the information sharing do in so many areas- so appreciate it! 3y
BookishMarginalia @GoodallBookHaul That one is closed. Our next one is the #SummerSolsticeBookExchange -- I will post notices for signup during the first week of April. 3y
BookishMarginalia @Lacythebookworm @LiteraryinLititz @Kristy_K @kspenmoll 👍🏼💜 I often worry that I'll post too many of these things! I try really hard to keep it text-centric and book-related. 3y
JoeStalksBeck Thanks!! 3y
melbeautyandbooks Thank you for sharing with us! 3y
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First read of 2017. Here I am, passing this story along. It's relevance to the current political climate cannot be overstated. I read this for the #readharderchallenge as my book about war, as well as #litsyAtoZ for my letter R.
#seasonalreadingchallenge 5.2 Read a book set at least 50% in (a list of countries including) Turkey and Iraq.

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼 3y
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Loving this book, but procrastinating as I set up my book tracking and challenges for the year. What are you guys participating in? I'm currently doing Litsy A to Z, Read Harder, and the Litsy Reading Challenge. Anything else I should know about?

Melwilk If you have a massive #TBR, the #mountTBR challenge through Goodreads is good. You can join the group on their site. 3y
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h_harrison
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absolutely heartwarming 🍬🍬🍬💓💓💓#rollingblackouts #graphicnovels #sarahglidden #graphicnovel

ChasingOm This book is on my list for 2017! 3y
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danibourgon
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This book was informative, empathy enducing, and illicited unanswerable questions through the characters and the reader that are super valuable, while not being overly preachy.

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LindsayReads
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#BestofNovember #photoadaynov16

Still riding the high of Ghost Girl in the Corner, but I'm tagging Rolling Blackouts because it was phenomenal also and it's available to be tagged right now...

AThousandLives87 What's MG? 3y
LindsayReads @Bi-Polar_Reader Libraryland/bookseller lingo for Middle Grade (around ages 9-12). ☄The more you know☄ 😂 3y
Owlizabeth "What is this month even" YES 3y
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LindsayReads @Owlizabeth RIGHT?! I feel like the fact I managed to read anything was a triumph in itself. 3y
LindsayReads @Owlizabeth *Post 11/8, that is. 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Completely agree. What is this month? 😭😭😭 I read all of five books this month because DEPRESSION. 3y
LindsayReads @emilydecato Gosh, I hear ya!! 3y
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charl08
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Better quality graphic. I hope.
Great book.

DGRachel "They forget that refugees are people." ? 3y
charl08 @DGRachel or as someone said walking past our VOLUNTEER refugee support group 'that's where our taxes go'. Wtf. 3y
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charl08
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Thought-provoking true story of journalists working in Iraq and Syria, before the Arab Spring. The graphic memoir style helps (me) absorb the politics.

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charl08
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I am enjoying accompanying these journalists (by reading the book :-).

RachelO This looks so interesting! 3y
charl08 @RachelO I love my library... 3y
RachelO @charl08 🙂 Me too! 3y
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LindsayReads
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Powerful #graphicmemoir. I loved it for the ruminations on journalism, the conflict of whose story is ultimately heard and to what purpose it serves, and, of course, the mess America has made in the Middle East. That this chronicles a period between the focused American war effort in Iraq and the Arab Spring makes it all the more fascinating. Glidden's use of watercolor enhances the contemplative tone of the book. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #nonfictionnovember

charl08 Hoping to get to this soon. 3y
LindsayReads I can't wait to hear what you think, @charl08 ! 3y
charl08 Just picked it up from the library. Love the style. 3y
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LindsayReads
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Yep.

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WanderingBookaneer
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#SeptimusCat lords over what will hopefully be my #NovemberTBR #photoadayNov16

Cinfhen I'm loving your reads😍nice choices 3y
LindsayReads Loving Rolling Blackouts right now. Can't wait to hear what you think! 3y
Litlady Sweet fur baby .. awesome choices‼️😸👍🐾 3y
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LindsayReads
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Oof, I may have ODed on horror this month. All I want to do on this, my favorite of holidays, is read down some of my library stack and recuperate.

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Lindy
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I loved Glidden's memoir in comics about her trip to Israel. After hearing her today at #VWF16, I'm pumped to read her latest, which is about her travels in the middle east with other journalists, interviewing Iraqi refugees.

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LindsayReads
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How did I miss that Glidden's new #graphicnovel was due out this October (tomorrow!!)? Loved How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less...can't wait to see what she has in store for us now. #booktober #mostanticipatedreads

(shout out to Lynda Barry's Syllabus for already being -rightly- touted as an "iconic classic")

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LA_Mead
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Picked this (and a few other titles) up at Word on the Street Toronto today. Looking forward to digging into them!

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Lacythebookworm
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#24in48 snacks! Moving on to book #2 Rolling Blackouts, an ARC I picked up at ALA!

alwz Yay for ALA ARCs! 3y
MrBook Someone eats a balanced diet of nutrition and nutrition. 😎👍🏻 3y
Jilanna Yum! I used to be ADDICTED to Kettle Brand salt and pepper chips...but I had to quit. No chips since December 31! I'll be sure to look for the book. 3y
Lacythebookworm @Jilanna I ❤️ Kettle chips! Definitely check out the book. It provides an interesting look at journalism, the Iraq war, and how people deal with conflict. 3y
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charminggoats
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This seemed appropriate for today. Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate it!

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charminggoats
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Just getting started into this book but enjoying it so far. The beginning is an interesting outsiders perspective of journalism that I didn't expect but set the tone well for the rest of the book (or so I think. I'm about 60 pages in so far.)

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