Was hesitant about sharing this book because I know how controversial this topic and this country can be, but… “Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me” is a graphic novel by Harvey Pekar, an acclaimed graphic novelist and a proud Jewish man of Polish descent. 
He recounts the tumultuous history of the Jews from Biblical times, through WWI to the present in a very equitable way. 
He also shares his own history growing up Jewish and his journey from being a Zionist to his disgust of Israeli policies against Palestinians.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, Pekar breaks down the history of the Jewish people and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that can only be achieved through the simplicity of a graphic novel. 
Definitely worthy read! 
#HarveyPekar #NotTheIsraelIRemember #Israel#Palestine #History #Judaism #GraphicNovel

Was hesitant about sharing this book because I know how controversial this topic and this country can be, but… “Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me” is a graphic novel by Harvey Pekar, an acclaimed graphic novelist and a proud Jewish man of Polish descent.
He recounts the tumultuous history of the Jews from Biblical times, through WWI to the present in a very equitable way.
He also shares his own history growing up Jewish and his journey from being a Zionist to his disgust of Israeli policies against Palestinians.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, Pekar breaks down the history of the Jewish people and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that can only be achieved through the simplicity of a graphic novel.
Definitely worthy read!
#HarveyPekar #NotTheIsraelIRemember #Israel#Palestine #History #Judaism #GraphicNovel

"The Inconvenient Indian" by Thomas King gives an overview of the history and struggles of Native Americans and Aboriginals in Canada and the U.S.A. from "discovery" to the present.

A truly informative, in-depth look at a people whose rights and welfare this continent still seems to overlook to no end, and whose history is still not fully told in classrooms. #NativeAmericanRights #WhenWillInjusticeStop? #AmericaIsImprovingButStillHasAVeryLongWayToGo #NeverForgetThePast

"The Inconvenient Indian" by Thomas King gives an overview of the history and struggles of Native Americans and Aboriginals in Canada and the U.S.A. from "discovery" to the present.

A truly informative, in-depth look at a people whose rights and welfare this continent still seems to overlook to no end, and whose history is still not fully told in classrooms. #NativeAmericanRights #WhenWillInjusticeStop? #AmericaIsImprovingButStillHasAVeryLongWayToGo #NeverForgetThePast

An anthology of winning essays from the “A Dream Deferred” essay contest challenging Middle Eastern youth from the west and Middle East to share their stories and dreams for a freedom, stability, peace, and equality. 
This collection focuses mainly on winners from the Middle East region as they employ the use of narrative fiction, mock news reports, and autobiographical essays to share inspiring and heartbreaking stories of advocacy, oppression, of despair and hope. 
Wonderful words from brave people from our generation working tirelessly for real and positive change! 
#ArabSpringDreams #DreamDeferredEssayContest #MiddleEastYouthVoices #Inspiring

An anthology of winning essays from the “A Dream Deferred” essay contest challenging Middle Eastern youth from the west and Middle East to share their stories and dreams for a freedom, stability, peace, and equality.
This collection focuses mainly on winners from the Middle East region as they employ the use of narrative fiction, mock news reports, and autobiographical essays to share inspiring and heartbreaking stories of advocacy, oppression, of despair and hope.
Wonderful words from brave people from our generation working tirelessly for real and positive change!
#ArabSpringDreams #DreamDeferredEssayContest #MiddleEastYouthVoices #Inspiring

4 fascinating documentaries:
1. Oscar-nominated ‘Dirty Wars’ investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill as he uncovers what America’s  Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is really doing in Afghanistan. 
2. ‘Reel Injun’ looks at the history of Native American’s in American film and television. It shows us both how far we have come in terms of positive portrayal and how dismally we are lacking as well. 
3. Oscar-nominated ‘The Square’ follows four young, outspoken individuals over the demonstrations in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to bring down an oppressive regime. 
4. ‘Poliwood’ hearkens back to the 2008 election and follows the Creative Coalition—a bipartisan group of artists, actors, and musicians for fine arts in education—as they are asked tough questions about the tenuous boundaries between celebrity, media, and politics. #Documentaries

4 fascinating documentaries:
1. Oscar-nominated ‘Dirty Wars’ investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill as he uncovers what America’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is really doing in Afghanistan.
2. ‘Reel Injun’ looks at the history of Native American’s in American film and television. It shows us both how far we have come in terms of positive portrayal and how dismally we are lacking as well.
3. Oscar-nominated ‘The Square’ follows four young, outspoken individuals over the demonstrations in Egypt’s Tahrir Square to bring down an oppressive regime.
4. ‘Poliwood’ hearkens back to the 2008 election and follows the Creative Coalition—a bipartisan group of artists, actors, and musicians for fine arts in education—as they are asked tough questions about the tenuous boundaries between celebrity, media, and politics. #Documentaries

1. “Love, Inshallah” and it’s sequel “Salaam, Love” are anthologies of essays written by an array of diverse individuals on the subjects of family, love, sex, and religion. The essays are a wonderful mix of narrative, autobiography, prose, honesty, hope and heartbreak. 
2. “Almost White” is the autobiography of Rick Najera, a prominent Latino actor/director/playwright/screenwriter who talks about his experiences growing up in America and working in Hollywood as a Latino man. Najera provides insight into the need for a more positive portrayal of Latinos & Hispanics in the media. 
3. “12 Angry Men” is a collection of stories of 12 prominent African American men and their experiences being harassed and racially profiled in America—mostly by police officers. A book guaranteed to make you angry at how our law enforcement system often hurts and lets down the citizens it should be protecting.

1. “Love, Inshallah” and it’s sequel “Salaam, Love” are anthologies of essays written by an array of diverse individuals on the subjects of family, love, sex, and religion. The essays are a wonderful mix of narrative, autobiography, prose, honesty, hope and heartbreak.
2. “Almost White” is the autobiography of Rick Najera, a prominent Latino actor/director/playwright/screenwriter who talks about his experiences growing up in America and working in Hollywood as a Latino man. Najera provides insight into the need for a more positive portrayal of Latinos & Hispanics in the media.
3. “12 Angry Men” is a collection of stories of 12 prominent African American men and their experiences being harassed and racially profiled in America—mostly by police officers. A book guaranteed to make you angry at how our law enforcement system often hurts and lets down the citizens it should be protecting.

1. “I Am Woman” by Lee Maracle is a combination of poetry, narrative, and autobiography of life seen through the eyes of a Canadian First Nations Woman.

2. “Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie” by Rabya Tabari Idliby chronicles her experience being Muslim in America raising children. 
3. “Renting Lucy” by Linda Smith w/Cindy Coloma is broken up into narratives and commentaries about the lives of prostituted children and the stigmas that surround them. 
4. “Fancy White Trash” by Marjetta Greeling is a YA Teen novel that follows main character Abby Savage who lives in small house with a big family, an oft-absent dad, and her mom’s current boyfriend who impregnated her older two sisters. Her central struggle is not wanting to end up pregnant like her family. #GreatBooks #ReadingBinge #SadBooks #ButThere’sHope

1. “I Am Woman” by Lee Maracle is a combination of poetry, narrative, and autobiography of life seen through the eyes of a Canadian First Nations Woman.

2. “Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie” by Rabya Tabari Idliby chronicles her experience being Muslim in America raising children.
3. “Renting Lucy” by Linda Smith w/Cindy Coloma is broken up into narratives and commentaries about the lives of prostituted children and the stigmas that surround them.
4. “Fancy White Trash” by Marjetta Greeling is a YA Teen novel that follows main character Abby Savage who lives in small house with a big family, an oft-absent dad, and her mom’s current boyfriend who impregnated her older two sisters. Her central struggle is not wanting to end up pregnant like her family. #GreatBooks #ReadingBinge #SadBooks #ButThere’sHope

Military Book phase:
1. “Wheels Down”—a guide for soldiers and family members to understand the variety of stressors and emotions loved ones often come home with, and how to help! 
2. “The Military Father”—an in-depth look at how soldiers, their families and spouses love. It covers everything from financial planning to staying in touch with your kids. It even includes sections for men whose wives are in the military and single military fathers. Entire sections are  devoted to helping fathers understand what their children and spouses go through while they are away.

These individuals are truly amazing. They must do twice the work of a normal couple while balancing the stressors of long-distance relationships, PTSD, and single parenthood. #WheelsDown #TheMilitaryFather #SupportOurTroops #BraveWomen&MenOfAmerica #Inspiring

Military Book phase:
1. “Wheels Down”—a guide for soldiers and family members to understand the variety of stressors and emotions loved ones often come home with, and how to help!
2. “The Military Father”—an in-depth look at how soldiers, their families and spouses love. It covers everything from financial planning to staying in touch with your kids. It even includes sections for men whose wives are in the military and single military fathers. Entire sections are devoted to helping fathers understand what their children and spouses go through while they are away.

These individuals are truly amazing. They must do twice the work of a normal couple while balancing the stressors of long-distance relationships, PTSD, and single parenthood. #WheelsDown #TheMilitaryFather #SupportOurTroops #BraveWomen&MenOfAmerica #Inspiring