cover of the book PersepolisBook Title & Author:
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
First nominator: “This book – being a graphic novel will open our eyes to a different type of literature – the graphic novel. It is accessible, easy to read and quite engaging. It focuses on the life of a young girl in Iran during the time of the islamic revolution. It shows us multiple images of young adult life, the challenges faced and more importantly that our picture of the wider world can be expanded, as it shows a completely different side to these events – not often shown or talked about in American media. Iran was a highly developed country but it also was built on shaky ground, after being propped up by Western Governments (mainly the US) which is what caused it to be so fragile and eventually led to the revolution. This book makes it clear that the fate of that country (and any other as well) could have been dramatically different. This meets our diversity goal quite clearly and would also show that reading can be fun, interesting and nothing to be scared of, and it will DEFINITELY spark conversations. Although the STEM fields will find it harder to connect to this book, it will be a high impact book for those who do wish to integrate it.”
Second nominator: “I used this book as the first in a series of the Muslim Journeys Project sponsored by the NEH which I directed in Pickford a few years ago. Many were suspicious of the entire project. This book–easy to read and “just about a little girl”–broke down barriers. We have everything and nothing in common with Marjane, and that’s easier to discuss with a graphic novel. I think this book is a shortcut to the deeper discussions many would like to see evolve from the Common Read.”

Description from publisher’s site:
“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.”

Additional Information: This title is available in Kindle format but not Audiobook format.  This book is being used as a campus read at many colleges including Nicolet College, Cleveland State, Oswego, Boise State, Bismarck State College and others.

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