Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

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About the Author

Sarah Glidden's debut book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less landed on several best of the year lists, including Entertainment Weekly; earned a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens distinction; and won an Ignatz Award. A graduate of Boston University, she now lives in Seattle.


"An ambitious, nuanced and sprawling work of graphic nonfiction."-- Rolling Stone

"Glidden's clean, spare cartoons take a behind-the-scenes approach."--Harper's Magazine

"Sarah Glidden's remarkable Rolling Blackouts adds a new twist to the [graphic journalism] form. Glidden accompanies a team of journalists through Syria and Iraq and her muted watercolours record not only the lives of people in war zones but the way the media interacts with them. Highly recommended."--The Guardian

"[Glidden's] technique, combined with dozens of hand-painted snapshots of each of her subjects, feels more personal than simply text or images alone. By making these experiences feel so personal, Ms Glidden has helped to emphasize the seriousness of their struggle."-- The Economist

"Rolling Blackouts is...meticulous, once a densely layered reckoning with the region's complex politics, as well as an inquiry into journalistic methods."-- The Globe and Mail

"An intricate investigation of how the reality of conflict gets filtered through personal, political, and journalistic narrative...This work--quiet but challenging, plain yet beautiful--exemplifies [Glidden's] skillful, sensitive reportage."--Library Journal Starred Review

"Glidden does a brilliant job in chronicling a two-month journey with journalist friends through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq to report stories about the impact of the Iraq War on Middle Eastern inhabitants...The power of Glidden's narrative is in how it asks fundamental questions about what journalism is, what kinds of stories it tells, and what purpose these stories serve. She also manages to crystallize hours of recorded interviews with the locals into insightful discussions of complex situations."--Publishers Weekly