Beirut, I Love You

A Memoir
Author: Zena el Khalil
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176499
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 218
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Zena el Khalil, a young Beirut-based female artist, writer, and activist who had an unconventional but worldly upbringing growing up in Lagos, Nigeria and attending art school in New York, returns after 9/11 to her familial home of Beirut and its mountains, beaches, food, music and drugs. Beirut, I Love You, spanning from 1994 to the present day, brings Beirut to life in all its glory and contradictions and is filled with personal anecdotes of Zena's life there: a place where, in spite of the pervasive desire for hope and the resilience of its people, still bears deep scars from the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli invasion of 2006—a place where plastic surgery and AK 47s live side by side and nightclubs are situated on rooftops in order to avoid car bombs. Yet Zena and her friends, in particular her fellow rebel Maya, refuse to accept the extreme poles of Beirut, the militias and gender restrictions on one side, hedonism and materialism on the other. And although Zena experiences tragedy and loss, her story is a testament to the power of love and friendship, and the beauty of her city and its inhabitants. Written with an honest, profound simplicity, Zena is intoxicated by the country’s contradictions—“Lebanon was, and always will be, schizophrenic”—and attempts to come to terms with her role among her friends, family, and city.

Beirut, I Love You

Author: Zena El Khalil
Publisher: Saqi Books
ISBN: 9780863564154
Category: Beirut (Lebanon)
Page: 218
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This is the story of Zena, a young woman who finds herself under the spell of the city that threatens to engulf her in war, grief, alcohol, Prozac and love affairs.

Jasmine and Fire

A Bittersweet Year in Beirut
Author: Salma Abdelnour
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 030788595X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
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As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since then—even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New York City—Salma has had a hunch that Beirut was still her home. She kept dreaming of moving back—and finally decided to do it. But could she resume her life in Beirut, so many years after her family moved away? Could she, or anyone for that matter, ever really go home again? Jasmine and Fire is Salma’s poignant and humorous journey of trying to resettle in Beirut and fumbling through the new realities of life in one of the world’s most complex, legendary, ever-vibrant, ever-troubled cities. What’s more, in a year of roiling changes around the Middle East and the rise of the Arab Spring, Salma found herself in the midst of the turmoil. As she comes to grips with all the changes in her life—a love left behind in New York and new relationships blossoming in Beirut—Salma takes comfort in some of Lebanon’s enduring traditions, particularly its extraordinary food culture. Through the sights, sounds, and flavors of a city full of beauty, tragedy, despair, and hope, Salma slowly begins to reconnect with the place she’s longed for her entire life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Day of Honey

A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
Author: Annia Ciezadlo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416583947
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 382
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The author discusses her marriage to a man from Beirut, the bond she forged with her Lebanese in-laws, and how she found love, good food, and a meaningful life, despite dividing her time between wartorn Iraq and Lebanon.


Author: N.A
Publisher: Bruno Gmuender
ISBN: 9783959852982
Category: Art
Page: 96
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The art of Salem Beiruti is unique. The skillful digital illustration pieces of beautiful men show what he admires the most, how he sees it and the way he expresses it. It is a merge of beauty and mystery, a seduction story.

Beirut to the 'burbs

Adventures of a Suburban Misfit
Author: Anissa Rafeh
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9953972044
Category: Humor
Page: 83
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From the writer who brought you 'Miss Guided: How to Step into the Lebanese Glam Lane' comes this hilarious book at surviving life in suburban America after 18 years of living it up in Beirut. Anissa Rafeh tells you all you need to know about essential life skills, like: 1. Microwaving (dinner in two minutes or less), 2. Knowing what’s playing on Netflix (every Friday is a holiday), and 3. How to shovel your driveway without chipping a nail (get someone else to do it). It’s clear that you can take the girl out of Beirut, but never Beirut out of the girl, especially when it comes to socializing, dating, shopping, and getting picture-perfect. Leaving her Louboutin’s back in Beirut, but forever clutching on to her Prada bag, she maneuvers the bumpy transition, taking detours and making wrong turns, but always remembering the number one rule to surviving the ’burbs: life’s a laugh!

An Unnecessary Woman

Author: Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802122140
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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An obsessive introvert in Beirut, eschewed by her family and neighbors for her divorced status and lack of religious reverence, quietly translates favorite books into Arabic while struggling with her aging body until an unthinkable disaster threatens what little life remains to her. By the best-selling author of The Hakawati. 20,000 first printing.


Author: Samir Kassir
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520271262
Category: History
Page: 656
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Beirut is a tour de force that takes the reader from the ancient to the modern world, offering a dazzling panorama of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's spectacular growth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concentrating on its emergence after the Second World War as a cosmopolitan capital until its near destruction during the devastating Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. --from publisher description.

Taste of Beirut

175+ Delicious Lebanese Recipes from Classics to Contemporary to Mezzes and More
Author: Joumana Accad
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757317707
Category: Cooking
Page: 320
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Joumana Accad, creator of the blog, is a native Lebanese, a trained pastry chef, and professional caterer. In her debut cookbook, the The Taste of Beirut, she shares her heritage through exquisite food and anecdotes, teaching anyone from newbies to foodies how to master traditional Lebanese cuisine. With over 150 recipes inspired by her Teta (grandmother) in their family's kitchen, Accad captures the fabulous flavors of the Middle East and makes them completely accessible to home cooks. Each recipe features step-by-step instructions, Accad's warm teaching style, and breathtaking color photographs that will make mouths water

I Remember Beirut

Author: Zeina Abirached
Publisher: Graphic Universe ™
ISBN: 1467772828
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Page: 96
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Zeina Abirached, author of the award-winning graphic novel A Game for Swallows, returns with a powerful collection of wartime memories. Abirached was born in Lebanon in 1981. She grew up in Beirut as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel where buses refuse to go, and on outings to collect shrapnel from the sidewalk. With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.

War in Val D'Orcia

An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944
Author: Iris Origo
ISBN: 1567924689
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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A classic of World War II, and in its first American edition, War in Val d'Orcia is Iris Origo's elegantly simple chronicle of daily life at La Foce, a manor in a Tuscan no-man's land bracketed by foreign invasion and civil war. With the immediacy only a diary can have, the book tells how the Marchesa Origo, an Anglo-American married to an Italian landowner, kept La Foce and its farms functioning while war threatened to overrun it and its people. She and her husband managed to protect their peasants, succor refugee children from Genoa and Turrin, hide escaped Allied prisoners of war-and somehow stand up to the Germans, who in dreaded due course occupied La Foce in 1944 and forced the Marchesa to retreat under a hot June sun. Fleeing eight impossible miles on foot, along a mined road under shell fire, with sixty children in tow, she sheltered her flock in the dubious safety of a nearby village. A few days later, official Fascism disappeared, and La Foce was ransacked by the retreating Wehrmacht. Here, as the restoration of La Foce begins, her book ends. Beyond praise and above mere documentary value, War in Val d'Orcia belongs to the literature of humanity.


An Explosive Thriller
Author: Alexander McNabb
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781477586594
Category: Fiction
Page: 331
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Beirut - An Explosive ThrillerMichel Freij is a powerful man. But he wants more. Two hundred kilotons more.Michel Freij is poised to become the next president of Lebanon. The billionaire businessman's calls for a new, strong regional role for the country take on a sinister note when European intelligence reveals Freij has bought two ageing Soviet nuclear warheads from a German arms dealer. Maverick British intelligence officer Gerald Lynch has to find the warheads, believed to be on board super-yacht the Arabian Princess, before they can reach Lebanon. Joined by Nathalie Durand, the leader of a French online intelligence team, Lynch is pitched into a deadly clash with Freij and his violent militia as he pursues the Arabian Princess across the Mediterranean.Beirut – An Explosive Thriller sweeps through Lebanon, Hamburg, Prague, Malta, Albania and the Greek Islands on its journey to a devastating climax.

Beirut Blues

Author: Hanan al-Shaykh
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307831132
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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With the acclaim won by her first two novels, Hanan al-Shaykh established herself as the Arab world's foremost woman writer. Beirut Blues, published to similar acclaim, further confirms her place in Arabic literature, and brings her writing to a new, groundbreaking level. The daring fragmented structure of this epistolary novel mirrors the chaos surrounding the heroine, Asmahan, as she futilely writes letters to her loved ones, to her friends, to Beirut, and to the war itself--letters of lament that are never to be answered except with their own resounding echoes. In Beirut Blues, Hanan al-Shaykh evokes a Beirut that has been seen by few, and that will never be seen again.

Beirut Rules

The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America
Author: Fred Burton,Samuel Katz
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101987480
Category: Political Science
Page: 400
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From the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Under Fire--the riveting story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley. After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast: William Buckley. But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh. Beirut Rules is the pulse-by-pulse account of Buckley's abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists. Drawing on never-before-seen government documents as well as interviews with Buckley's co-workers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the relentless search for Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day.

Duet in Beirut: A Thriller

Author: Mishka Ben-David
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468311824
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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In this riveting thriller by an ex-Mossad agent, an Israeli spy risks his life to save a Hezbollah leader For over a decade, Mishka Ben-David was a profes­sional spy, taking part in secret operations on be­half of the Mossad, Israel’s legendary intelligence agency. But after twelve years of service, Ben-David quit the Mossad and became an acclaimed novelist, describing life as a spy from within. A major best­seller in Israel, Duet in Beirut is Ben-David’s first book to appear in English. Ronen, an expelled Mossad agent, has disap­peared following a failed assassination attempt against the Hezbollah operative responsible for suicide bombings in Israel. Feared to be on an un­authorized mission, it is up to his former command­er, Gadi, to track Ronen down and stop him from causing harm both to himself and to his country. The physical and intellectual scuffle between the two men becomes one of deeper, moral inquiry. Written with a master novelist’s terse convic­tion, Duet in Beirut takes us inside a much-dis­cussed but little understood world. As revealing in its psychological acuity as it is in its portrait of life in the Mossad, Duet in Beirut is an essential thriller of espionage and political intrigue.

From Beirut to Jerusalem

Kisah Pengabdian Seorang Dokter Perempuan di Kamp Pengungsian Palestina
Author: Ang Swee Chai
Publisher: Mizan Pustaka
ISBN: 9794335932
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 492
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Sebagai seorang Kristen fundamentalis, dulu aku mendukung Israel. Pengalamanku di Sabra-Shatila menyadarkanku bahwa orang Palestina adalah manusia. Kebodohan dan prasangka telah membutakan mataku dari penderitaan bangsa Palestina. Buku ini adalah kesaksianku. Mulanya, karena latar belakang religinya, dr. Ang Swee Chai adalah pendukung Israel. Di matanya, orang Palestina adalah teroris. Namun, pada 1982, Israel menyerang Beirut dengan brutal. Keyakinannya pun mulai goyah. Ia putuskan untuk membuktikan sendiri dengan menjadi sukarelawan medis di Beirut. Di sana, di kamp pengungsian Palestina, setelah menjadi saksi Pembantaian Sabra-Shatila, akhirnya ia temukan jawaban. Ia berbalik memihak rakyat Palestina, memihak keadilan dan kemanusiaan. Di tanah asing, ia pertaruhkan nyawanya untuk membela orang-orang yang tak punya hubungan darah maupun etnis dengan dirinya, untuk melaksanakan kewajibannya sebagai dokter, sebagai manusia. ?Saya menangis ketika membaca buku ini untuk pertama kalinya. Ilmu kedokteran dan keterampilan sastra menjadikan kesaksian ini begitu mengiris.? ?Farid Gaban, Pena Indonesia ?Buku yang membuat orang AS marah karena kesaksiannya yang berani. Tidak lama kemudian, penerbitan buku ini dihentikan peredarannya di AS.? ?Media Indonesia ?Pembaca akan merasakan kepedihan dan pergolakan yang dialamai dr. Ang Swee. Membaca buku ini berarti merasakan dari dekat pembantaian manusia.? ?Koran Tempo ?Buku yang ditulis secara detail dan menerobos relung jiwa.? ?Gatra ?Catatan yang amat personal tentang kehidupan di kamp pengungsian.? ?The Times ?Penggambaran dr. Ang dalam buku ini membuat peristiwa-peristiwa tersebut terasa seoalah-olah baru terjadi kemarin.? ?The Independent ?Sebuah kesaksian tentang pembantaian manusia yang menukik hingga inti permasalahannya.? ?The Guardian Dr. Ang Swee Chai lahir di Malaysia dan dibesarkan di Singapura. Sejak 1977, bersama suaminya tinggal di Inggris. Kini, ia bekerja di St. Bartholomew?s Hospital dan the Royal London Hospital sebagai orthopaedic consultant. Setelah terjadinya Pembantaian Sabra-Shatila, bersama beberapa rekannya, dr. Ang membentuk Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). Pada 1987, Pemimpin PLO, Yasser Arafat, menganugerahi dr. Ang Star of Palestine, penghargaan tertinggi bagi pengabdian kepada rakyat Palestina. Hingga kini, melalui MAP dr. Ang terus aktif membantu bangsa Palestina. [Mizan, Qanita, Novel, Memoar, Indonesia]

Beirut 39

New Writing from the Arab World
Author: Samuel Shimon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608192830
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 320
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Beirut is the 2009 World Book Capital, as designated by UNESCO, and at the center of the festivities, in collaboration with the world-renowned Hay Festival, is a competition to identify the thirty-nine most promising young talents in Arab literature. The selection of the "Beirut 39" follows the success of a similar competition in the 2007 World Book Capital, Bogotá, celebrating achievements in Latin American literature. This year, for the first time, the winners-nominated by publishers, literary critics, and readers across the Arab world and internationally, and selected by a panel of eminent Arab writers, academics, and journalists-will be published together in a one-of-a-kind anthology. Edited by Samuel Shimon of Banipal magazine, the collection will be published simultaneously in Arabic and English throughout the world by Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. Beirut 39 provides an important look at the Arab-speaking world today, through the eyes of thirty-nine of its brightest young literary stars.

Beirut to Boston: A Cookbook

Comfort Food Inspired by a Rags-to-Restaurants Story
Author: Jay Hajj
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
ISBN: 1624143563
Category: Cooking
Page: 192
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Delicious Comfort Food Dishes Inspired by an Immigrant’s Story of Success Today, Mike’s City Diner is the destination for foodies from all over the world, but it didn’t always used to be this way. Jay Hajj was born in Beirut and came to Boston to flee the violence of the Lebanese Civil War. Packed with mouth-watering recipes and inspiring stories of perseverance and success, this cookbook highlights the turning points in Jay’s career and the food that defines them. Spanning decades of his life, Beirut to Boston includes the Southern-style breakfast that stole Bill Clinton’s heart, Guy Fieri’s favorite Thanksgiving sandwich, Ming Tsai’s special hummus recipe and the pâté of wartime reinvented. Combining his old-world techniques for traditional Lebanese dishes with his approach to modern American dishes, Jay showcases comfort food with unique and enticing flavors. Every page starts with an incredible story of struggle and triumph, and ends with what Jay Hajj is known best for: one-of-a-kind American food inspired by his Lebanese upbringing.

Beirut Noir

Author: Iman Humaydan
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 1617753440
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Part of Akashic's acclaimed Noir series. Beirut is a city of contradiction and paradox. It is at once urban and rural, a city of violence and forgiveness, memory and forgetfulness.This short story collection is a part of a vibrant, living recovery of Beirut, effected through the literary visions of its authors. The stories here show the vast maze of the city that strictly can't be found in tourist brochures.

The Dove Flyer

Author: Eli Amir
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590177525
Category: Fiction
Page: 560
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The Dove Flyer tells the story of the last years of the Jewish community in Baghdad, before their expulsion in 1950 and settlement in Israel. The young narrator, Kabi, watches as the members of his extended family each develop different dreams and a different sets of fears throughout these tumultuous, transitional times: his mother wants to move out of the new Jewish quarter and back to their old Muslim neighborhood where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to the promised land, the new State of Israel, where he will farm and grow rice; his uncle Hizkel, a Zionist, is arrested and taken off to prison to await trial and a possible death sentence; his headmaster, Salim, believes in the equality of Arabs and Jews; and his uncle Edouard just wants to hang out on the rooftop with his doves. Meanwhile, as World War II draws closer and Israeli statehood seems more assured, a noose begins to tighten around Jewish Iraqis. Houses are appropriated, Jews are beaten in the streets and hung in public, and young Kabi watches as the storied legacy of the Jewish community in Baghdad is dismantled piecemeal and finally decimated. As for the land of milk and honey, there is neither milk, nor honey. It is a desert, a place as barren and coarse as the community Kabi and his family left behind was vibrant, bountiful, and dreamy.