Often in the new year people want to change something. Maybe it’s a big lifestyle change or small monthly goals you want to accomplish. I personally want to become more educated on issues and current events that are happening in this world and make a serious commitment to help make a positive difference.
First book for the 2018 Travel Reads List! This one I couldn’t wait to read and it didn’t disappoint. Fast Times in Palestine is about the authors experience living in Ramallah (where the government of Palestine is). She moves there to work for the Palestinian Monitor (a newspaper) and also works as a campaign manager during the 2005 Palestinian Authority Election.
Åsne Seierstad is one of my favourite authors and one of my favourite people. I have never met her but her life is fascinating to me and I have read three of her books now and have really enjoyed them all. I wrote posts on the other two books: With Their Backs to the World and The Bookseller of Kabul. When I saw this one about Baghdad I got so excited (you know me and the Middle East)!
I have been interested in Iran, its politics, its culture, and its history since high school. Iran is a country that is in my top 3 places I want to visit and I spend a significant amount of time scrolling through instagram pictures of places to see in Iran. I have read a few books about real accounts of people who live in Iran and experienced the revolution. I was so excited to read this book.
I think it is important to read about the world. To read about places, cultures, religions, histories and people. I also think that if you want to really know more about a place you should go there and talk to someone. Sometimes though we can’t just jump on a plane and fly to places like Afghanistan or Somalia and talk to people there. Which is why books are a great alternative and source of knowledge. I enjoy picking up books…
I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. Zainab Salbi has been someone who sparks inspiration and I have wanted to know more about her and how she came to construct the organisation Women for Women International. I had known previously. because of interviews and articles I had read, that she grew up in Iraq and was part of Saddam Hussein’s close circle. Her father was his personal airplane pilot.
Since I am living in South Korea, I decided that it would be good to educate myself on the issues that are in the society. One of those being refugees from North Korea. There is quite a number of them actually and some have written books about their experience living in the somewhat mysterious Northern neighbour. So I decided to get this book, even though on the back it said that George W. Bush read this when he wanted to…
On the cover, under the title The Lemon Tree, there is a little blurb that states “An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East”. I saw those words and knew that this was a book I had to read. The synopsis on the back explains that this is a novel depicting a separate and a shared history of two individuals.
I posted a review of another book by Åsne Seierstad in August on this blog and it was her novel “Bookseller of Kabul“. I loved that book and I am fascinated by this author, so I thought I would read another one of her books, this time about a different place in the world and one that I do not know a lot about.
One day, while I was working at a bookstore, I was putting books away on the shelf and came across this one. I hadn’t yet read anything by or featuring Noam Chomsky and I had been meaning too. I decided that this book was something I would want to read, it is after all on Palestine. I had been there and this book was going to talk about some of the events that led to Operation Protective Edge in…