Sunday, November 16, 2014

Staff Picks-Adult Graphic Novel

I just finished reading my first graphic novel and it was nothing like I expected.  Instead of the exploits of super heroes and super villains, in Jerusalem: Chronicles of a Holy City, I found an engaging look at what it’s like to live in the volatile climate of modern Jerusalem. 
I almost feel like I have visited the historic city, thanks to Guy Delise’s simple pencil drawings and the very human characters that live in the pages of this book.  I certainly know a lot more about the city and the clashes that arise between devote and non-practicing members of the three major religions that dominate Jerusalem than I did before reading this book.  

Jerusalem is rich in holy sites, customs and conflicts.  Road blocks, check points and tourists from all over the world complicate daily life.  Despite the heavy military presence, there’s also the very serious threat of terrorism and violence. 

Anyone who wants to learn more about the subject or is considering visiting the area will gain some real insight from this unique book.     

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist