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Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206918
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

Many consider Israel's engagement in southern Lebanon in the 90s to have been its most pointless. Friedman, a Canadian-Israeli journalist, has written a compelling account of that war, filtered through the lens of the small deserted outpost (the Pumpkin) in the no-man's land where he was stationed for his army service. Matti Friedman will be here on May 15.


My Promised Land

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My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521703
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 19th, 2013

Shavit calls upon the story of his own family, his personal experience as a journalist and witness, and the historical record to create this deeply moving and insightful portrait of the state of Israel in all its complexities from the first Zionist settlers to the present.


Looking for Palestine

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Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594487088
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

Najla Said grew up as a Jew on Manhattan's Upper West Side - except she wasn't. Her father, Edward Said, was the preeminent Palestinian intellectual of his time and her living room was filled with people like Noam Chomsky and William Buckley. She's a performance artist, which clearly comes through in this memoir about a childhood of confused identity that finally, with her own adulthood and her father's death, leads to her forging her own views of the ideological conflict with which he was so deeply involved. (It also makes you want to go back and read, or re-read, Edward Said's Orientalism.)


The World is a Carpet

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The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594488320
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2013

In Oqa, an Afghan town so remote that Google and the Afghan government can’t find it, a woman squats atop a loom, making flowers bloom from the thousand threads she knots by hand.  Following the weaving of this carpet, and the people of Oqa, through the four seasons of its weaving, The World is a Carpet provides an insightful, compassionate, and enlightening portrait of fates woven by the centuries of art, war, and an ancient trade that binds the invaded to the invader.


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