This week we are reading Persepolis from Marjane Satrapi.  This is her tale growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Spanning her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, she sees the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. 

Todd's drink from this week is a traditional drink from Iran.

Stolen from Wikipedia:

Arak or araq (Arabic: عرق‎‎) is a Levantine alcoholic spirit (~40–63% Alc. Vol./~80–126 proof, commonly 50% Alc. Vol./100 proof) in the anis drinks family. It is a clear, colorless, unsweetened anise-flavored distilled alcoholic drink. The Persian (Iranian) version of Arak (commonly called Arak Saggi) does not contain anise, as it is usually produced from ‌raisins, dates or saccharum plant. Arak is the traditional alcoholic beverage in Lebanon, Iran, Morocco , Iraq, Syria, and Jordan.