With today being Passover I am thinking about my Jewish friends and wishing them all well.

Last year about this time I attended a Jewish reading group at the SJSU library and we read and discussed Art Spiegelman’s Maus, a graphic nonfiction book about Spiegelman’s father’s experience during WWII, layered with the father/son relationship that occurred afterward. Maus won the Pulitzer Prize and is described by The New York Times as “An epic story told in tiny pictures.”  The artwork is beautiful and the story is relayed with this premise:  the very personality traits that drive Spiegelman crazy in his relationship with his father are the same traits that kept his father alive during the Holocaust.  Everyone should read this book.

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