What are the best graphic memoirs?

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    #1The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.

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    Jean Porter
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Great book! It is a very inspirational book that is written very well. The book gives you a picture of what it was like to live in time of war. It was definitely a great read!"
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    #2My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    Possibly the most original way to understand and explain the holocaust and the Nazis prosecution against the Jews. A brutal graphic novel over a real story where the jews are wide-eyed mice and the Nazis are menacing cats. 


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    Hannah Howell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is bigger propaganda than anything the Nazis ever did. It is complete rubbish. Not at all realistic."
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    #3March: Book One

    March: Book One

    March: Book One is a Sequential Art, Autobiography, History, Non-fiction graphic novel written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. It was published August 13, 2013 by Top Shelf Productions.


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    Alice Morgan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I have never read a non-fiction graphic novel before, but this adds a whole new dimension to the experience. I found myself opening to the information and absorbing it more in this format. I think this would be a great addition to teaching courses for students to really process the civil rights movement."
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    #4Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a nonfiction graphic memoir authored and illustrated by Alison Bechdel herself tackling her relationship with her father. This autobiography is a companion piece for her earlier book, Fun Home.


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    Aaron Howard
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Ugh, not at all what I was expecting. After reading Fun Home I was excited for this, but now I just feel disappointed. I think she tends to overreact and look into things a little too much. Just a weird and disjointed story."
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    #5Burma Chronicles

    Burma Chronicles
    Burma Chronicles authored by Guy Delisle is a nonfiction graphic novel and an autobiography that features traveling. It was published on April 1, 2009 by Jonathan Cape. It follows the journey of Guy in Burma.

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    #6Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened is a nonfiction graphic memoir written by Allie Brosh. Published in 2013 by Touchstone.


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    Christina Fisher
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "this story is a fiction one that makes you feel so fantasy happening around us and science makes our life everyday "
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    #7Marbles (A Graphic Memoir)

    Marbles (A Graphic Memoir)
    Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me is a graphic autobiographical memoir written by Ellen Forney. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2012 by Avery.

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    Keith Alexander
    Written on April 27, 2018
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    Blankets by Graig Thompson is one of the best coming of age stories on comic ever made. This autobiographical story tells the love story between Graig and his first love Raina, who fall in love during a winter Church Camp. Blankets won of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, and is a portrait of adolescent yearning and growing up leaving the pain behind.

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    Joe Holmes
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book really hit home with me as I felt I could really relate to the character almost as if it was written about me. The graphics are simple yet they really help you paint a great picture in your head of the settings and the story really becomes ingrained in your mind. This is a great read for teens wondering about the future and adults looking back on their life. "
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    #9Stitches (A Memoir)

    Stitches (A Memoir)

    Stitches A Memoir is a graphic autobiographical memoir sequential comics written by David Small. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company.


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    Benjamin West
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This seems like an excellent and unique take on the traditional memoir idea. This is an illustrated memoir of the author as a young boy, depicted through his own illustrative style from his career as a children's book author. This is a great example of the author conveying his own life experiences through the art of his career."
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    #10Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an LGBT themed non-fiction book written by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of Alison's father. He is a closeted professional old man who had his own struggles but conquered all of it.

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    Jeffrey Fuller
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Great Book! I bought it for a friend who has been struggling with coming out for a few years, thought that it would help for him to read about the struggles of another closeted professional. He loved it and told me that it helped him understand and accept himself better and understand where he fits within his community."
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    #11American Splendor

    American Splendor
    American Splendor by Harvey Pekar was a revolution in the American comic book industry in the 70's. It was the first comic that drew attention to the graphic novels telling the own autobiographical story of Pekar in his hometown of Cleveland. Harvey Pekar counted with the best artists of the underground comic books scene including Robert Crumb, Kevin Brown, Greg Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray.

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    George Schneider
    Written on April 30, 2018
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    This metaphoric comic winner of the Pulitzer Prize by Art Spiegelman tells us the story of the father of the author during World War II. The story mixes past and present while the author asks his father about his own story. 


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    Harini Chopra
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This realist book is very interesting. This book is based on real story and its described so vividly, and it has a very unique style of writing. I can say that this is a book that is worthy reading it, and knowing this story, social problems of the that time and many other interesting situations. "


Best What are the best graphic memoirs
1The Complete PersepolisBooks 38 Paid
2My Father Bleeds History (Maus)Books 31 Paid
3March: Book OneBooks 22 Paid
4Are You My Mother?: A Comic DramaBooks 22 Paid
5Burma ChroniclesBooks 16 Paid
6Hyperbole and a HalfBooks 14 Paid
7Marbles (A Graphic Memoir)Books 11 Paid
8BlanketsBooks 11 Paid
9Stitches (A Memoir)Books 9 Paid
10Fun Home: A Family TragicomicBooks 7 Paid

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