Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and

Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and As young girls in Cairo, Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class, cultural, and religious divides Years later, Anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother s death Meanwhile, Layla s family is faced with a difficult decision about kidney transplantation Their friendship is put to the test when these medical crises reveal stark differences in their perspectivesuntil revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives foreverThe first book in a new series, Lissa brings anthropological research to life in comic form, combining scholarly insights and accessible, visually rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics, inequalities, and solidarity

10 thoughts on “Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

  1. Stewart Tame Stewart Tame says:

    The jacket flap touts this as the first book in a new series, that realizes ethnographic research in graphic novel form Sounds potentially boring, I know, but it s actually pretty cool Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship as young girls in Cairo When Anna s mother dies of cancer, she is forced to return to the US to live, though the two friends promise to stay in touch In later years, each faces a medical crisis Anna, the choice of preventive surgery to decrease her chances The j

  2. Lauren Lauren says:

    Using a graphic medium to study ethnography a pretty brilliant idea Lissa is the first of a series called ethnoGRAPHIC, published by the University of Toronto.The story follows two girls throughout their teenage years and early adulthood one an Egyptian Muslim daughter of a chaffeur, the other an American expat between their intersecting lives in Cairo, Egypt, and Boston, USA Written with the specific purpose of ethnographic and anthropological education, each of the young women face medic Using a

  3. Matthew Noe Matthew Noe says:

    As a reader, this is a moving and beautifully constructed comic bridging two cultures, medical traumas, and revolution itself As a scholar teacher, this is exactly the sort of work I believe we need in graphic medicine or other graphic disciplines The story can be approached by anyone, but it also can be pulled apart and discussed in depth from any number of points of entry In particular, the illustrations about genetic testing and patents are lesson in themselves The authors also provide As a reader, th

  4. Hafsa Hafsa says:

    What an interesting book, and what a fascinating way to make ones researchaccessible outside of the academia The story is set primarily in Cairo and the US It s a story of two girls Layla, who is the daughter of a bawab in Cairo, and is studying to be a doctor, and Anna whose American father works for an oil company in Egypt and whose mother has recently died of breast cancer Anna fears the gene for the cancer is also in her, and explores the option of getting a preventive mastectomy What an interesting book, a

  5. A. David Lewis A. David Lewis says:

    This is as close to the perfect book as I have ever read I say this as someone who writes on comics religion, who is doing research on comics cancer, who is a convert to Islam, and is a Caucasian American I know not everyone shares my demographics and my interests, but, if I can t praise LISSA, then who can It s a daring, beautiful, intelligent, and enriching book, touching on so many urgent topics primarily, the ethnography of the Arab Spring in Cairo but also cancer research, preventat This is as close to the perfec

  6. Maggie Gordon Maggie Gordon says:

    Lissa is a fascinating combination of academic research presented through a narrative graphic novel It s an intriguing way of trying to make scholarly workaccessible, though I think this particular book failed a bit both as a good reflection of the academic research, but also as a compelling narrative Though the creators were obviously trying to avoid putting out a 1000 page book, there needed to be a bitdepth to make either aspect of the comic memorable However, admirable efforts Lissa is a fascinating combination of academ

  7. Karime Karime says:

    Modern, cultural, research based, critical, peer reviewed, creative, and cross disciplinary A great example of collaboration across disciplines, especially with the graffiti artist Ganzeer It doesn t talk down, judge or tip toe around the tensions between healthcare, government and Islam in Egypt.

  8. l. l. says:

    it s a very interesting, very unexpected graphic novel about medical decision making set during the egyptian revolution i just think it could have gone a bit deeper re the medical decision making stuff as sherine hamdy is an academic and this is her area.

  9. Ganzeer Ganzeer Ganzeer Ganzeer says:

    Upon first glance, LISSA comes off as the sort of book that I would not at all be interested in For one, the art style isn t the type that typically attracts me, because it is the sort of style that one would generally associate with books geared to a much younger audience Secondly, the book, upon first glance, seems to deal with the Egyptian revolution in some fashion This isn t in itself a bad thing, but because the Egyptian revolution is too grand and important a topic, I find that most gr Upon first glance, LISSA comes off as the sort of boo

  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    Lissa A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution is a graphic novel following two girls, one American and one Egyptian, as they grow up, choose careers, and lose family members Although the story is fictional, it combines anthropological research about American and Egyptian healthcare cultures with the story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution This unique concept ethnography via graphic novel is the first in a series called ethnoGRAPHIC from the University of Toronto Press.The st Lissa A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revoluti

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