the wall: growing up behind the iron curtain, by peter sis.
i read a handful of books over the holidays. this one hardly counts, since it took about a half hour to read. but i really enjoyed it. it’s the illustrated autobiography of the author, who grew up in the prague, behind the iron curtain. he was an artist and musician, and the story tells what it was like to be a struggling artist in a repressed, controlled, communist state.
i loved his drawing style, which is comic-book-y, but with tons of detail. and the addition of selections from his journals adds a great sense of real-time to the text. if you like illustrated books, this is worth it.