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u/KariQuiteContrary · 153 pointsr/books

In a rather different vein from a lot of the suggestions I'm seeing here, I want to plug Michael Herr's Dispatches as an incredible piece of Vietnam literature. There's also If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien.

If you're willing to consider graphic novels, check out Maus, Persepolis, and Laika.

If you're interested at all in vampires and folklore, I recommend Food for the Dead. Really interesting read.

A history-teacher friend of mine recently gave me The Lost City of Z by David Grann. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but it came highly recommended.

By the by, last year I required my students (high school seniors) to select and read a non-fiction book and gave them the following list of suggestions. Columbine was one of the really popular ones, and I had a bunch of kids (and a few teachers) recommending it to me, but, again, I haven't gotten to it yet.

  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steve D. Levitt
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemna: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
  • A Brief History of Time: The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition by Stephen Hawking
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  • The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
  • SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Emil Frankl
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got that Way by Bill Bryson
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  • Food For the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampires by Michael E. Bell
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
  • Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
u/peppermint-kiss · 103 pointsr/worldnews

Brief history lesson incoming!

So Iran had a very liberal and open government in the early 20th century. In 1953, however, the U.S. and the U.K. overthrew the democratically-elected Prime Minister and installed a shah (king) that was favorable to American interests (literally, oil and $$). Then in 1979 there was a revolution and the shah was overthrown and replaced by a theocratic ayatollah (high cleric) who was unfriendly with the Americans.

Up until the Western installation of the shah, Iran was very open and had a great deal of respect for democracy, science, etc. Here are pictures of Tehran in the 1920s-1940s. In the 1960s and '70s, under the shah, it was still quite liberal and becoming very modernized. Pictures here. You'll notice women with their hair uncovered, studying alongside their male counterparts in universities.

The revolution changed all that. The new Iranian government is theocratic and instituted Sharia law. It become far more militarized and radicalized. Pictures here. That said, a very large proportion of the Iranian people continued to be - and still are to this day - open-minded, moderate, and humanist. You can read an interesting graphic novel about the revolution here, or watch the excellent animated movie based on it.

That said, the Iranian government has slowly been opening up, although there are still serious issues with human rights. Pictures here.

Note that the Iranian government is Shia Muslim and is the enemy of a radical form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabists, represented by ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and many powerful factions within Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Although Iran's hands are not clean of the scourge of terrorism themselves (they have sponsored Hezbollah and Hamas), they have been instrumental in fighting against ISIS and other radical Sunni islamic terrorists.

For various reasons, both the United States and Israel have allied with Saudi Arabia and, until recently, Qatar, despite them being strong sponsors of Wahhabist terrorism. This, along with Iran's refusal to trade oil using the U.S. dollar, is the primary reason American foreign policy has labeled the Iranian government an enemy.

I'm still learning myself and have acquired most of what I know in the past year. It's been shocking to me how off my understanding of world events has been considering how religiously I've always followed the news. Whenever something doesn't seem to make sense, that's our cue to start diving in and seeing what we can unearth. As we can see, misunderstandings and ignorance can be fatal.

u/[deleted] · 66 pointsr/books

This is a brilliant idea.

I'm just been trying to remember what books I liked when I was still at school, the ones that I have come up with so far are: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (I know it's a graphic novel but it's really good!), Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, Wild Swans by Jung Chang, The Wind Singer, by William Nicholson. There are probably many more, but that's all I can think of right now - hope I've helped a bit though!

u/jlkmnosleezy · 21 pointsr/AskWomen

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi!

"Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. 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."

u/localgyro · 17 pointsr/AskWomen

Let's see...

  • The Ben January mysteries, by Barbara Hambly. Ben is a free black man living in 1830s New Orleans. Trained as a surgeon in Paris, he makes a living for himself mostly as a musician in New Orleans to be closer to family. And as a man with a surprising set of skills, he get called on when situations get ... tricky. Well written, suspenseful, and about a time in history that I don't hear that much about. Start with A Free Man of Color, the first book in the series.

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. The intertwined stories of two generations of Asian-American women -- immigrants and their daughters. It's a hard read at times, there's some dark stuff in here, but it's not gratuitous. Amazing characters.

  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. This is an autobiographical graphic novel about the author's childhood in Iran, in the years before and after the Iranian revolution. Stunningly good, and a glimpse into a very unexpected world for me.
u/_vikram · 13 pointsr/books

Elie Weisel's Night is an astonishing look at the horrors of World War II.

Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running covers mostly the ins and outs, mundane to nontrivial aspects of his writing career.

If you're interested in a graphic novel type of autobiography, there are two that are excellent:
Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life. The former is Satrapi's account of a young girl growing up in Iran and the latter is Tatsumi's perspective on post-war Japan. Both are very good.

u/That_YOLO_Bitch · 7 pointsr/FeMRADebates

Kudos on another great writeup, /u/kuroiniji. I've grown to really enjoy seeing posts with your username on my feed, it means I'm about to read something juicy and well-sourced.

I have nothing to add other than a recommendation to all who haven't read or seen Persepolis: GET ON WITH IT.

Edit: Those who have read Persepolis understand my second point, but to those who haven't, it's an autobiography of a girl growing up in Iran during their Islamic revolution, and in parts of it she deals with groups of women enforcing Islamic conduct in girls.

u/Waffleteer · 6 pointsr/books

The Abhorsen Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen) by Garth Nix! It's a fantasy with teenaged girls (Sabriel and Lirael) as the protagonists (and their adorable and bizarre and not-what-they-seem cat and dog, respectively, companions). I loved, loved, loved these books when I was in middle school.

For graphic novels, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Guy Delisle's travelogues (Pyongyang, Shenzhen, and others) are great introductions to unfamiliar countries and cultures. And they are non-fiction!


The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

Coraline (Neil Gaiman) [also: The Graveyard Book, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants, as well as anything else age-appropriate written by Gaiman]

Dracula (Bram Stoker) [...I loved it when I read it in middle school!]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

u/SlothMold · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

This is a graphic novel, but Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return deals heavily with this issue. Persepolis should be required reading, of course. In the same vein, stories from the same author's book, Embroideries, should also meet your criteria.

Longer shots:

  • Some parts from Ayaan Hirsi Ali's books (autobiographical).
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran (circumstantial - the book is more about literary criticism than the Iranian Revolution)
  • Habibi, another graphic novel where a Muslim child bride in a post-apocalyptic Middle East falls in (different sorts of) love with a slave boy.
u/MattPH1218 · 3 pointsr/AskHistory

Though I fear it may not be what you're looking for, Persepolis is a great book/comic on the struggles of a young woman growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. Really helped to give me a better understanding of what life is like there. Hope it helps!

EDIT: Had some issues with linking the Wiki. Here it is:

u/SmallFruitbat · 3 pointsr/YAwriters

I know almost nothing about this, but I have some broad book recommendations in the vein of "read some non-fiction!"

Main thing to keep in mind as you read is that Arab ≠ Muslim ≠ Persian or any combination thereof. Differences between Sunni, Shia, Sufi, etc. Also, urban ≠ rural. And boring, everyday life doesn't readily lend itself to a narrative form.

Related Books:

  • Persepolis, Persepolis 2, and Embroideries, about coming of age (upper) middle class life during and after the Islamic Revolution. These are graphic novels, and my mother swears that Embroideries (not directly related) is her church women's group exactly.
  • Three Cups of Tea, panned for misuse of funds, but the whole book was about how bribery and paying your dues and understanding what local priorities were was essential to getting anything done in a tribal mountain culture.
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, again with "controversy," this time about immigration and religion. Still has a lot of background information about Islam in Somalia and Kenya.
  • The Underground Girls of Kabul and I Am a Bacha Posh, about the (possibly new-ish) tradition of dressing girls as boys in Afghanistan. I haven't read these, but a friend is working from them for NaNoWriMo.
  • Reading in Lolita in Tehran - I am hesitant to recommend this book because I hated it. It was billed as subversion and cultural voyeurism, but more than half the book ended up being half-baked literary criticism instead of Observations. This is also why I didn't like Some Girls: My Life in a Harem: It was supposed to be about a mind-boggling Indonesian harem/commentary on oil wealth and ended up mostly being about how much her life sucked because she was adopted.

    Some other recommendations: if you're on or close to a university campus, there's probably a Muslim/Arab/Persian student association that would love to answer your specific questions or give you advice. There are also subreddits like /r/dubai, but they're mostly expats. Just poke around and you'll find more though.

    Fictional, often-fantastical book recommendations about the Middle East would be Shadow Spinner, The Book of a Thousand Days, or Habibi.

    Honestly, the thing that stuck with me the most as a chemist was that one of the other grad students was from Golan Heights and prior to moving here had to work through his entire master's thesis without an NMR (the most common chemistry instrument that is used to "prove" pretty much everything) because a blockade stopped his university from receiving liquid nitrogen (which is used to keep the magnets in NMRs and medical devices like MRIs running). He found almost any touching or joking by a girl very uncomfortable, but was always polite. Other Muslim chemist friends just seemed French. Because they were.
u/natidawg · 2 pointsr/DCcomics

Not a dumb question at all. In my opinion, it's best to think of Graphic Novels as a completely separate medium from books. So you can have fiction and non-fiction books, the same way you can have fiction and non-fiction movies (documentaries), the same way you can have fiction and non-fiction Graphic Novels.

Most non-fiction graphic novels are either memoirs like Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant and Persepolis, or biographies like My Friend Dahmer. There is old historical stuff like Gettysburg, and even graphic novels about The History of Hip Hop.

It's definitely a niche genre within a niche medium, but it has its audience!

u/undercurrents · 2 pointsr/women

One way to feel slightly more powerful is to arm yourself with knowledge that you can share with others. This week women activists in Iran were sentenced to 15 years or more in jail for removing their hijabs in public. I was able to answer comments on this post because I pay attention. I told you about it, now you know. Now you can tell others. That's why paying attention to what is going on in the world is so important. Two books you can check out are Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran.

I have a whole list of reading material, but two slightly older books that are still applicable today to the plight of women around the world are Half the Sky and Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography Infidel.

Knowledge is power. Even if you can't directly change the lives of those who are suffering, learning about it and making people aware keeps the victims from becoming invisible. Plus, you never know when dominoes might start to fall.

u/strangenchanted · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Dune by Frank Herbert.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. You have probably read it, but if you haven't, it's superbly funny sci-fi comedy.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. A book that I re-read once every few years, and every time I find something new in it.

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon. A gripping, heartbreaking non-fiction book about police detectives. It inspired the acclaimed TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street." Simon would go on to create "The Wire."

The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy. Noir-ish procedural crime fiction. If you enjoy "Homicide," you may well like this.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, "a philosophical novel about two men, two women, a dog and their lives in the Prague Spring of the Czechoslovak Communist period in 1968," according to Wikipedia. One of my favorite books.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Detective novel meets sci-fi in one mind-bending existential work. If you watch "Fringe," well, this book is Fringe-y... and more.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Time travel. Victorian England. A tea cozy mystery of sorts.

Graphic novels! Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman. Love And Rockets by The Hernandez brothers. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. Elektra: Assassin by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz. And of course, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. To discover yet more great comic books, check out the Comics College series.

u/Retropathdom · 2 pointsr/OldSchoolCool

Is it "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels)",

u/Darsint · 1 pointr/politics

Ever read Persepolis the comic? It's a true life story about a girl in Iran, and there was a huge Western influence in the region even as the Shah took over and went full on oppression mode.

u/rhapsblu · 1 pointr/pics

This makes me want to reread Persepolis