61. THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS, BY MARJANE SATRAPI
Recommended by Mary, on Goodreads. I wasn’t really planning on including graphic novels in this challenge, since I consider them a different medium than books without drawings (?) but I didn’t tell her that when I asked for recommendations, and after she suggested it I thought the premise was very interesting and decided to give it a try.
This is an autobiography in comic strips. She covers many subjects in a very honest and human way, like oppression, privilege, racism, sexism, growing up, and depression. In the meantime, she also manages to explain some of Iran’s history, and try to portray her home country as faithfully as possible.
The drawings look very clean, beautiful and simple, and add a lot to the narrative. This graphic novel made me laugh out loud, and cry, and left a slight aching inside of me once it was finished. Highly recommended.
Up next: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand