How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Sarah Glidden
206 pages
Comics and Graphic Novels

Plot:  Sarah Glidden is a young, American woman raised in a Jewish family in Massachusetts.  Having developed a critical stance toward the contemporary state of Israel as an adult, this piece of graphic memoir details her Birth Right trip to Israel and her struggles to understand and integrate elements of her own identity and worldview throughout the trip.  Through conversation with fellow trip members, Birth Right guides, and others living in the region, Sarah examines her own beliefs and convictions. 

Themes: Identity, dialogue, travel, conflict

Classroom Applications:  The process-oriented narrative provides an excellent framework for students to consider larger questions about how they process information, understand history, and form opinions.  Includes glossary.  

Extension Resources: Outreach Center blog post about dialogue and comics on the Public Conversation Project blog. 
Sarah Glidden is currently working on a graphic novel about journalism in the Middle East.  See an excerpt here.

For other graphic resources related to Israel / Palestine see Joe Sacco's Palestine, Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds, and Naji al-Ali's A Child in Palestine.

Access: Email with call number Comic Book 08072  to reserve item in library or have it mailed to you.

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