Persepolis is a memoir from the author written in graphic novel form. It tells the story of a young Iranian girl’s life during the reign of the Shah and the Islamic revolution that followed in 1979.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. It is haunting, poetic and philosophical. It is a historical fiction about the death of President Lincoln’s son, Willie and his afterlife experiences in the bardo or cemetery. It deals with the question of life and death and coping with loss. What I found most entertaining was the structure of the novel. Some parts of it takes sentences from different historical letters, biographies, and textbooks and arranges them to tell a narrative. I also enjoyed reading from the perspective of all of the different spirits that reside in the cemetery and their individual stories.
Christmas is right around the corner, and one of my favourite stories to read, or watch, is The Nutcracker. The story originated in Germany in 1816 by E.T.A Hoffmann and was later transformed into a ballet in 1892 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovshy, Marius Petipa, and Lev Ivanov. It tells the story of Clara a young girl who on Christmas Eve receives a Toy soldier Nutcracker from her uncle Drosselys. Later that night, her nutcracker defeats the evil mouse king and his mice army and she is rushed away to a magical land there many dolls perform for her including The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.