The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a memoir (told in graphic novel form) of a girl growing up in revolutionary Iran. This made quite the splash when it was released, but I'm just now getting around to reading it. You can read it online here. It was adapted for film in 2007, but I haven't seen that. I'm not particularly impressed by it, either by the girl herself or the writing. I see where it might connect better with an adolescent or young adult.
from the book cover:
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrap's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.The book was originally published in separate sections, and reviews I find are often just of the one part. The work got good reviews, but there's been some controversy over whether or not parts of it were appropriate for children. The Guardian concludes:"Overall, I would give this book a 10 out of 10. I would recommend this to girls and boys who are 12 and older; this book deals with very mature subject matter, and does depict scenes of violence at times. There is also a fair amount of cursing, especially by some adults."
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming-of-age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom -Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
The are numerous video reviews available online.