Three Books on a Theme: Graphic Memoirs

Submitted by Lois

Graphic memoirs are powerful. Great art and writing help you learn about other people's lives and experiences. Here are three that I've enjoyed reading recently.

It Won't Always Be Like This

It Won't Always Be Like This by Malaka Gharib follows her first graphic memoir, I Was Their American Dream. Gharib is a first-generation American of Filipino and Egyptian descent. This memoir is about the time Gharib spent in Egypt as a child, getting to know her father’s new wife and culture.

I Was Their American Dream


Spellbound is about the life of artist Bishakh Som. This memoir navigates themes of identity and self-discovery.

The Arab of the Future

This is the first in a 4-book graphic memoir series written by Riad Sattouf, who is also a cartoonist for the satirical French publication, Charlie Hebdo. Sattouf writes and draws about his childhood as the son of a Syrian father and French mother. If you like book one, you can read the whole series!