Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
This was a gift from my husband and it makes the Iranian revolution and the rise of the Shah so personal. Even if you aren't keen on either Middle Eastern history or graphic novels, you will be touched by the story of one young woman coping with her place in the middle of a turbulent era.
Sounds like a great book.
This is the first volume of the two graphic novels that inspired the eponymous film, and it's excellent. It's a quick read, but the intensity of the author's experiences and family history are weighty, but very pertinent in helping us understand the Iranian Revolution, and its affect on everyday people. The story is told honestly and in an entertaining manner, and I love the simplicity of the artwork as well. It's an essential read for anyone into graphic novels and memoir.