Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me (Hill and Wang, $24.95), illustrated by JT Waldman with an epilogue by Joyce Brabner, is the final graphic memoir from the man who defined the genre, Harvey Pekar. In it, he explores what it means to be Jewish and what Israel means to the Jews. Pekar interweaves his increasing disillusionment with the modern state of Israel with a comprehensive history of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present. “[Pekar’s] message here is important—that a good Jew asks tough questions.”—The Los Angeles Times. Waldman is an artist, interactive designer, and comic-book creator. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Megillat Esther.