Bye-Bye Babylon: Beirut 1975-1979, by Lamia Ziadé
Lamia Ziadé was seven years old and lived in Beirut, a newly wealthy paradise of the Middle East. Residents enjoyed new luxuries and tried to ignore mounting tension until the powder keg exploded into civil war. Ziadé's memoir chronicles a child's memories and understanding of what was going on during that time--consumer goods and fancy hotels mixed up with RPG-toting guys wearing sunglasses and delighting in destruction.
This memoir has relatively few words; it's mainly images. Ziadé has painted her memories in bright watercolors. She was confused at the time and the book is somewhat confusing too, though it would probably help a lot if I knew more about the war in Lebanon. Ziadé does include illustrated charts of the various factions, but there are a lot of factions.