Alison's family was artistically innovative and emotionally repressed. Her memoir is not only the story of her life but also a study of the man who was her father. His passion for literature shaped her own, and when she came out to her parents her father was outed by her mother. An amazing look at how a parent's involvement in a child's life can affect you in ways that bring you closer and push you farther away.
Sarah How to Understand Israel in 60
Days or Less
When Sarah goes on a Birthright trip to Israel, she arrives with plenty of opinions and is determined to get to the bottom of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The longer she’s there, the more Sarah begins to see that there are no clear answers and things aren’t as black and white as she thought.
We Are on Our Own
Lisa is Jewish six year old growing up in Hungary on the eve of WWII. Her mother Esther goes to great lengths to ensure their survival while Lisa's father fights in the Hungarian army. While much of this is told from Lisa's perspective, this story is really Esther's.
Lucy Knisley shares the journal she kept the winter break before she graduates from college. She and her mother rent a Paris apartment and live there for six weeks. Lucy sees the sights, eats lots of excellent French food, and tries to figure out the rest of her life.
Kinsley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
Lucy Knisley's most vivid memories are of how things tasted. She grew up with a foodie father and caterer mother in the middle of New York's blossoming food scene. Her memoir tells the love story of her relationship to food, and provides many tasty recipes along the way.
Escape From "Special"
Melissa is special, and labeled as such much to her detriment. It is not until she learns to push past the psychobabble that she somehow learns to be at ease with herself.
Lockpez, Inverna and illustrators Dean Haspiel and Jose Villarrubia
Cuba: My Revolution
This is the life of Sonya - artist, surgeon, idealist, revolutionary - between 1958 to 1966. Cuba is in the midst of a revolution, and Sonya is slowly becoming disillusioned with the government and the promises it made to the people.
A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman
The thrilling life of revolutionary activist Emma Goldman.
The author of Persepolis creates another wonderful autobiographical book, with the focus on the important women in her life and their stories and opinions on love, sex, and marriage.
A look at a girl's experience growing up in Iran during revolution. This is a classic graphic novel.
Sowa, Marzena and illustrator Sylvain Savoia
Marzi was born in Poland in 1979. For the first ten years of her life, Marzi grows up under Communist rule. Waiting in long lines for food is the norm, and Marzi does not really understand why things are the way they are. She can tell the adults are unhappy, but no one will bother to explain what is really going on.
Talbot, Mary M. and Bryan Talbot
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
Mary Talbot remembers growing up with her father, a renowned James Joyce scholar. Talbot draws parallels between her own life and the life of Joyce's daughter, Lucia.