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I Live Here (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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“Gut-wrenching–and hauntingly beautiful.” –Glamour
“Elaborately designed in its look, knottily layered in its content and far afield from the entertainment world in its subject matter . . . I Live Here is no vanity project.” –Los Angeles Times
“Gives a voice to the voiceless, vividly and beautifully illustrating the lives of marginalized women and children.” –Tribeca Film
“A potent and provocative graphic delivery system for unspeakable real-world horrors. . . . Each section elegantly manages to balance the personal and political aspects of its respective crisis.” –The Village Voice
“Intense. . . . Disturbing. . . . Effective. . . . With I Live Here, Kirshner shines an unwavering, informative light on important and troubling non-U.S.-centric issues in a truthful and often disturbing manner. She elevates celebrity philanthropic efforts to an extraordinary new level of sophistication in content and style. . . . One of the finest looking publications ever produced. In toto, the package forms an amazing work of art. An exceptional book of rare quality, I Live Here exceeds all expectations.” –The San Antonio Current
“Kirshner has taken a more deliberate, less paparazzi-infested approach to global suffering in I Live Here.” –Seattle Weekly
“Stunning, heartbreaking, riveting. True.” –January Magazine
“A harrowing, moving and memorable book. . . . Using first-person accounts, original art and prose, [I Live Here] is uniquely evocative in its presentation of the life-and-death struggles of marginalized people.” –Toronto Star
“Intimate. . . . Moving.” –mtvU
“Beautiful. . . . Heartbreaking. . . . Extremely personal and intimate. . . . The stories, woven throughout the beautiful illustrations and the sometimes-disturbing photos, are a wake-up call to the atrocities that are occurring daily.” –Curve Magazine
“A remarkable assemblage of refugee stories. . . . [This] composite of four notebooks designed to be taught, read, spoken of and remembered, not only chronicles the lives she encountered, but it gives them each a voice. . . . Mia’s not in any way preachy, she’s just determined to do whatever it takes to make this world a better place to live in for those whose lives are lived in the margins.” –The SunPost (Miami)
“A harrowing tribute to the overlooked victims of war. . . . Innovative, moving.” –The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“A vibrant, passionate look at lives affected by poverty, violence, and political repression. . . . [A] brave attempt to break beyond standard documentary approaches.” –Planet Magazine
“Creatively compiled. . . . Beautifully constructed. . . . We can’t all make the remarkable journeys Kirshner has, but with this book, she serves as our unexpected ambassador.” –Modern Tonic
“I Live Here brings to life those who blend into the crowds we see on the news every day. . . . [It] makes a strong attempt to bring to life the world’s oppressed in a way the news media cannot.” –The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
“I Live Here is not just another Hollywood starlet story.” –The Kansas City Star
“Kirshner–with the help of Mackinnon, Shoebridge, and Simons–does an exceptional job putting a human face to devastating problems to which people of developed nations have become desensitized. I Live Here is both heartwrenching and beautiful, inspiring readers (without ever preaching) to reach out to those in need.”–BookLoons.com
Top Customer Reviews
I Live Here is a work of non-fiction, published with support from Amnesty International USA, about Kirshner's trips to four of the poorest, most desperate places on Earth to gather information and stories from the people: Chechen refugees living in camps in Ingushetia; Burmese refugees in Thailand, most of whom are forced into the sex industry; frightened women in Ciudad Juarez, on the Mexico-Texas border, where over 400 women have disappeared in the last decade, most of them later found dead, their deaths unsolved; and orphans in Malawi, Africa, where one in five people are HIV positive. It's a harrowing, eye opening work. Sometimes it's hard to believe how much misery and suffering exist in this world. We don't always want to be reminded of it, either. It's difficult to read about these places and the desperate people who populate them. But it's also heartening to see how much hope they hold in their hearts for a better tomorrow. The human spirit doesn't give up easily, even in the worst of conditions.
The design of the book is outstanding, too. It's comprised of four separate booklets, one for each place she visited, that are filled with journal entries, stories, photographs and -- most interestingly -- comics: each booklet has at least one "graphic novella." The four booklets are themselves encased in a single hefty, folding cover that is created to look like a whitewashed brick wall.
A fantastic job all around.
The first book takes readers to Ingushetia, a refugee camp not far from Grozny, Chechnya, during the fighting that has continued since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. In this book, Kirshner and her cohorts prove to be talented and engaging writers, crafting such vivid imagery (in this collection and the three that follow) of extreme circumstances that it can be almost physically gut-wrenching in the way a Chuck Palahniuk novel has the power to turn readers' stomachs.
It can be overwrought at times, but that physical connection is designed to make readers truly empathize and pay attention to the dismal situations. The authors and artists pull no punches in their depictions of the darkest, dirtiest, and most horrible of things that are happening to their subjects, but it is all with the goal of affecting their readers.
Celebrated comics journalist Joe Sacco contributed a graphic novella, "Chechen War, Chechen Women," to the first book that may be the finest of the collection. Sacco offers an incredible amount of detail--culled from a personal trip to the refugee camp--in his recognizable black-and-white art style.
The second book focuses on Burma, or the Union of Myanmar, the infamous war zone of Southeast Asia that has seen refugees fleeing to bordering Thailand for roughly 50 years.Read more ›
If you have a heart go out and buy a copy of this book. It will change your perspective about life. Also, it makes you realize that more humanitarians are needed in this world.
Mia Kirshner writes from the heart about her experiences to these four places in need of humanitarian efforts.
Dont forget to help out her organization, I Live Here, by making a donation.
Remember that WE are all humans and everyone of us will need help from someone else one day. Give a helping hand today in order to make the difference TOMORROW!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No books have haunted me quite like I Live Here. The stories, the people... The book is unlike a traditional book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jacqueline M. Pearce
I can't believe Mia took the time to search out and travel to these desolate locations. She took her own life in her hands by visiting these places to show the atrocities that are... Read morePublished 21 months ago by SIERRA
this book really makes you sit back and think about your life and how much we take for granted in our lives, this book is very detailed with real events so be prepared, there are... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by youknow
This compilation of four smaller books presents the stories of refugees in four different countries in a poignant unique format of mixed media: photographs, comics, journaling and... Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by Deborah V
Mia Kirshner and everyone that contributed to this book did a wonderful job. The book talks about displaced people from different parts of the world that you don't normally hear... Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Jennifer Lewis
I bought this book set as a Christmas gift for my Daughter. She read it and said that it is very good. I plan to read it soon as well.Published on January 18, 2009 by Joanne L. Van Kurin
What sets this book apart from other similar ones is the cool minds and warm hearts of its creators. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Grouch