Browsing the memoir isle of book stores can be a major bummer, given all the cookie-cutter confessionals with covers depicting drying laundry and picket fences (just shoot me). But Marjane Satrapi's amazing Persepolis series waltzed into the world of memoir, and kicked it in the butt without warning or apology. Born in Iran in 1969, Satrapi witnessed the Iranian Revolution firsthand before emigrating to Paris to foster her emerging talent for graphic art. Persepolis and Persepolis 2 are graphic memoirs that balance the political implications of the period with the personal effects it had on Satrapi and her close-knit family. She's also a total badass, encouraging her readers to "always shout louder than your aggressor."