Graphic novels were never really on my radar until I picked up a copy of Persepolis and discovered just how powerful they can be. This is Marjane Satrapi's coming of age story during the Islamic Revolution in Iran in the early eighties. Through her simple yet evocative drawings and strong writing we see her struggle to understand the political and social changes going on around her. Her family was well educated and had brought her up with a modern, progressive world view that ultimately led them to have to send her out of the country for her own safety. There was (and still is) no tolerance for opinionated women in such an oppressive society.