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Persepolis
Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
Wise, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of 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 child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran's last emperor, Satrapi 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. Amidst the tragedy, Marjane's child's eye view adds immediacy and humour, and her story of a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary, beset by the unthinkable and yet buffered by an extraordinary and loving family, is immensely moving. It is also very beautiful; Satrapi's drawings have the power of the very best woodcuts.Persepolis ends on a cliffhanger in 1984, just as fourteen-year-old Marjane is leaving behind her home in Tehran, escaping fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in the West. In Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return we follow our young, intrepid heroine through the next eight years of her life: an eye-opening and sometimes lonely four years of high school in Vienna, followed by a supremely educational and heartwrenching four years back home in Iran. Just as funny and heartbreaking as its predecessor - with perhaps an even greater sense of the ridiculous inspired by life in a fundamentalist state - Persepolis 2 is also as clear-eyed and searing in its condemnation of fundamentalism and its cost to the human spirit. In its depiction of the universal trials of adolescent life and growing into adulthood - here compounded by being an outsider both abroad and at home, and by living in a state where you have no right to show your hair, wear make-up, run in public, date, or question authority - it's raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.
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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% 6d
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. 6d
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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! 1mo
Sweettartlaura I ❤️ Giant Days - read some of it myself this month! 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 💖📚💖 1mo
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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. 4mo
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) 4mo
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) 4mo
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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. ☺️ 4mo
CaroPi That was my first graphic novel! 4mo
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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 🧡 4mo
Tanisha_A Mangoes, summers are here! 🥭 4mo
BiblioLitten @Tanisha_A Nooooo!!!!!! 😫 4mo
Erofan Mango, litchi 👍 Yummy 😋 4mo
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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 4mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @RadicalReader thank you! That's Polly, she's a total sweetheart. 4mo
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 4mo
Tanisha_A Aha! Hope you find it a good read! Would love to know later how you like it. 4mo
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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 6mo
Librarybelle Persepolis is so good and so eye opening 6mo
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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! 6mo
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vlwelser
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And I finally finished this gem. I understand why everyone loves this. 💖📚

Tanisha_A 💙 6mo
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vlwelser
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I love this advice from the grandmother. 💖

Tanisha_A I love Persepolis. 6mo
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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! 7mo
Cinfhen Pretty photo ❤️ 7mo
Autumnscribe This is such a wonderful book. I learned so much from reading it. 7mo
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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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ilyssa.g
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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. 8mo
RaimeyGallant Love the cover art. 8mo
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. 8mo
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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! 9mo
GlassAsDiamonds Elizabeth Peters & Mary Stewart!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
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 9mo
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howjessreads Thanks @LiteraryinLititz @GlassAsDiamonds @CarolynM! Glad to fend fellow EP/MS lovers!! 🙂 9mo
mabell I just read Airs Above the Ground! 9mo
howjessreads @mabell I need to reread it! It‘s been years! 9mo
mabell It was my first Mary Stewart, and I will definitely be reading her others! 9mo
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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! 😍 10mo
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! 10mo
GingerAntics I love when the kids rebel in a positive way. Why was this one banned? 10mo
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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. 10mo
GingerAntics 🙄 That always blows my mind. Kids say worse than most books, anyway. They‘re really not learning anything new in that front. Sheesh. 10mo
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. 10mo
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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 😉 10mo
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 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks This is one of my favorites ❤️ 10mo
Mcoun This is the only graphic novel I have ever read and I really enjoyed it! 10mo
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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:) 12mo
KellyHunsakerReads That book is really wonderful! 12mo
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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! 12mo
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!😀 12mo
Cortg Maus Is another favorite of mine. There are 2 volumes. 12mo
pgh.femme Ohhhh! After this try 12mo
overtheedge I loved this...I will look for Maus and Fun Home.... 12mo
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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 13mo
doodlebug050 This is one of my favourites 👍 13mo
HeatherBookNerd @Riveted_Reader_Melissa March (the whole set) is coming up later this year. Already sitting on my TBR shelf! 13mo
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HannaPolkadots
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I just about devoured this one. Well drawn and well written, the story caught hold of me. Absolutely a recommend!!

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HannaPolkadots
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Am completely hooked.

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Q84
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So May I read 9 books.
Favorites were Esperonza Rising and Persepolis.
I still love The Velveteen Rabbit which I read to my little one and I really enjoyed this version of The Emperor's New Clothes.
I finally finished The lottery and other stories which I didn't much care for.
Also read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

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This is an amazing graphic memoir. Satrapi really shows not only how diff her background is from my own but also how much we have in common as well. It reminds me while it is important to value our diversities & the things that make us diff & unique, there is no other-we are all human; we are all trying to figure ourselves out; we‘ve all had good & bad experiences (even if the degree can be vastly diff). Everyone deserves to be met as an equal.

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hermyknee
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This would be a really rad ladies‘ dinner:
1. Justina Ireland (Dread Nation)
2. Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)
3. Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle)
4. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (Random Family)
5. Holly Black (The Cruel Prince)
6. Ruta Septeys (Between Shades of Gray)
7. Jennifer Clement (Prayers for the Stolen)
8. Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)

I just want to listen to these powerful contemporary authors talk about it ALL together ♥️ @Syndelle777

TheReadingMermaid Nice lineup 😍 1y
Mimi28 Awesome!! I just got Dread Nation from the library. I am going to start it right now. Thanks!! The other authors seem awesome too!! 1y
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hermyknee @Mimi28 I hope you love it! Her writing is amazing! 1y
tonyahoswalt I strongly considered Holly Black too! 1y
IheartYA Maggie ❤ 1y
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Vansa
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1. Persepolis, by far. Captured the poignancy and wit of the comic. Everything else falls short !
2. Can Rorschach be called a villain ?!
3. Dark Horse , Image Comics, Vertigo and Valkyrie press for Luther Arkwright!
Bit late for #TrivialThursday!

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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This is a re-read, but it absolutely holds up. Fascinating. Love the art. Such a compelling way to talk about history. #readingwomenchallenge #modernmrsdarcychallenge

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arielmonsen
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starting this book today...

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Grimscythe
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My night.

britt_brooke Good plan! This book is so good. 💚 1y
BeeLane This book is fantastic! 1y
kochtob this is one of my faves! 1y
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What a book! This had both books in one, which included a lot of background history on Marjane‘s life growing up and into adulthood. I would highly suggest this to anyone looking for a great memoir in GN format 👍🏻😊 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️