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One Book, One University: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood   Tags: iran, islamic revolution, marjane satrapi, persepolis  

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About the Program

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The One Book, One University Program is sponsored by the Governors State University Intellectual Life Committee. The One Book program is part of a nationwide movement which started in Seattle in 1998 to bring a community together to read and discuss the same literary work. Other GSU selections have included To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. Celie "overcomes her disadvantages and achieves a sense of self-worth. Ranging from the early 1900s to the 1940s, the novel consists almost entirely of letters, many written in Celie's limited but highly expressive dialect...Raped repeatedly by her stepfather (she believes him to be her natural father), Celie is delivered of three children by him: the first is taken out and killed; the second and third, a boy and a girl, are given to a local couple. Celie's stepfather forces her to marry Albert, who beats her and badly mistreats her.  From Shug [Avery, her husband's mistress], Celie learns that Albert has been hiding letters written to her from Africa by her sister Nettie, a missionary. These letters, full of educated, firsthand observation of African life, form a moving counterpoint to Celie's life. From Shug, Celie gains not only self-respect but also a pantheistic faith in a God that is in everything and everyone. This faith is Alice Walker's as well, and it gives her unflinching portrait of racial and sexual oppression a transcending hopefulness." -- Magill Book Reviews


If you like Persepolis:

New at the GSU Library! Check here to see if the copy is available.

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Saffron Kitchen - Crowther, Yasmin
ISBN: 9780670038114
Publication Date: 2006
From WorldCat: "On a blustery day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently with tragic consequences for her daughter Sara and her newly orphaned nephew Saeed."


Welcome to One Book, One University

Read and enjoy Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi's 2003 book discusses growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It depicts her childhood. "Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions of home life and public life," according to the book flap. The book has been made into a movie, as well. Join the Governors State University community in a discussion of this book

from 5 to 7 p.m.,


Nov. 1, 2011,

in the Cafeteria annex at GSU.

This book is available at the GSU Library! Check for availability, or search our main stacks for call number PN6747.S245 P4713 2003. You can check the local libraries for a copy, too.


Dr. Terry Allison on "Persepolis"

Dr. Terry Allison, Provost of Governors State University, discusses the choice of Persepolis for the One Book, One University.

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About Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are book-length comics, according to the Internet Public Library's Graphic Novels webpage. It continues: "Comics are sequential visual art, usually with text, that are often told in a series of rectangular panels. Despite the name, not all comics are funny. Many comics and graphic novels emphasize drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy." 

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