We’ve talked about doing another graphic novel for quite a while and for December – we’re doing two! We will be reading Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. It should be fun to look at two very different stories presented in this form. If the time-crunch of the season gets to you, feel free to read one or the other.
Book summary from Goodreads:
Nimona collects the beloved and critically acclaimed web comic featuring an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
Persepolis is…nothing like that. A memoir presented in graphic novel form, Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up. I will be reading “The Complete Persepolis” but there are also versions which present volumes #1-4 in two parts or individually. Read what you are able and what interests you!
This month's restaurant selection:
Falafel Inn Mediterranean Grill which was a selected location before for our bookclub but one that we haven’t made it to yet. From delicious spreads and dips like hummus and baba ganoush to savory kebabs, this one should have some delicious fare for all!
Not sure about book club or never been to one before?
Read the book (or some of the book). Come to the Meetup. Eat yummy food and chat with folks about what you thought about the book. REPEAT!
Didn’t finish/hated this book?
Come to the Meetup anyway! We have some of the best conversations ranting about what we didn’t like about the book.