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Annotation:For all of us who have mixed feelings about the whole Israel situation, this book is for us. It's a wonderful exploration of Pekar's relationship to Zionism and Israel.
Annotation:A powerful graphic novel-memoir, this is the story of Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual and Alison's search to try to understand him.
Annotation:Another great exploration of how to reconcile Jewish identity with the history and governmental policies of Israel. Sarah Glidden is ambivalent about taking her Birthright trip and she spends her visit to Israel grappling with this ambivalence.
Annotation:When David Small was fourteen-years-old, he awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute - a vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot. This is the story of his descent into adolescent hell and the difficult journey he took to triumph.
Annotation:The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. A haunting story.
Annotation:Though the cover says: "graphic novel", this book clearly is quite closely based on Craig Thompson's life. It is a sensitive memoir that recreates the confusion, emotional pain and isolation of the author's rigidly fundamentalist Christian upbringing, along with the trepidation of growing into maturity (Publishers Weekly).
Annotation:In Beirut in September 1982, while Israeli soldiers secured the area, a Christian militia entered the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila and massacred hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians. Ari Folman was one of those Israeli soldiers, but for more than twenty years he remembered nothing of that night. Then came a friend's disturbing dream and with it Folman's need to excavate the truth of the war in Lebanon and answer the crucial question: What was he doing during the hours of slaughter at Sabra and Shatila?
Annotation:Kevin Sacco tells his story of making his way into the New York commercial art scene of the 1970's. Along the way, we are introduced to his Communist-turned-ad exec father, a mother he never knew he had, a cigarette-smoking guardian angel, and a bevy of characters that all influence his fate. The Plane Story tells the universal story of a young man with a dream as he encounters the world's complicated realities.
Annotation:One of the best portrayals of the dilemmas faced by a creative person suffering from bipolar disorder. As Ellen puts it, "Who gets to be crazy-brilliant, and who's just crazy-crazy?"