Persepolis 2: By Marjane Satrapi, $12.95 U.S. By Gary

I bought this because I loved the first book. This is the story of a girl from Iran who goes to school in Europe and her accounts of the differences between Western and Middle Eastern ideology. Marjane is grown up now, but going through some troubles while away in Europe. The second book is a chronicle of her emergence into adulthood, yet it is still a troublesome read for someone with Western ideals. I was on her side until she sold a fellow countryman out to save her own hide. Whether you agree with her views or not, this book is an important read from inside a world that is kept from our view. If nothing else can be taken from this book, it is that the family unit binds all cultures. –Gary Hornberger (pantheonbooks.com)