CBR15Passport Recommended by a Friend
If I am halfway through Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator, that is saying something. Only I wish Sofia Warren had said something. Or at least something interesting. I mean, I was expecting something Exciting! Flashy! Political! I was expecting a biography of a socialist senator with the job thing tossed in. I am going to assume it is rare on state or national level, let alone in New York to be elected running on a Socialistic ticket. (Please let me know one, other than Bernie Sanders. And if you can’t name him, you’re probably less involved in politics that Warren was). We get all the details in the months after the election and what everyone, but Julia Salazar, is doing.
The idea was for Warren to follow Salazar’s first year in office on the state level in New York. Albany is mentioned. But we took the long way to get there. Every little detailed is mentioned. And it takes us almost halfway into the book to get to Albany. And it is not like we are even watching her campaign and winning. She’s already done that. This is just the other stuff she needs to get/must do. And while it is important for us to know things like if you don’t know someone you won’t be getting the good office space, I do not think we needed as many pages on it as Warren allows.
Overall, this is a book that would be great for people who like politics, like a lot of details, and are interested in the main campaign issue that Salazar ran on, rent control/rent protection laws for the renter. It is for people willing to take the time and effort to want to know the dirty details. And if you are not comfortable, if you are interrupted, if you are not 100% in the head space needed for a serious, non-fiction graphic novel, then please do not start.
This is a book that a friend recommended as one of my coworkers not only recommended it to us as a group one morning meeting book review, but I had seen this title in catalogs, and it sounded interesting. It would fit my trying to read outside my comfort zone. Yes, it is a graphic novel, but it was about politics and non-fiction at that. I am going to use their line from their review to end this and as my title, it is A very well done piece of comics journalism by Sofia Warren. Because, in the end it is that.