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.

Day of Honey

A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
Author: Annia Ciezadlo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416583947
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 382
View: 1925

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Beirut


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.

Morphosis


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.

An Unnecessary Woman

A Novel
Author: Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802192874
Category: Fiction
Page: 306
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Winner of the California Book Award Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for the National Book Award Beautiful and absorbing.” New York Times An Unnecessary Woman is a breathtaking portrait of one reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, which garnered a wave of rave reviews and love letters to Alameddine’s cranky yet charming septuagenarian protagonist, Aaliya, a character you can’t help but love” (NPR). Aaliya’s insightful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and her volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left. Here, the gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East and an enduring ode to literature and its power to define who we are. A paean to the transformative power of reading, to the intellectual asylum from one’s circumstances found in the life of the mind.” LA Review of Books [The novel] throbs with energy [Aaliya’s] inventive way with words gives unfailing pleasure, no matter how dark the events she describes, how painful the emotions she reveals.” Washington Post

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 TasteOfBeirut.com, 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

A Girl Made of Dust


Author: Nathalie Abi-Ezzi
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802199887
Category: Fiction
Page: 257
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A Girl Made of Dust is a sophisticated exploration of one family’s private battle to survive in the midst of civil war. In her peaceful town outside Beirut, Ruba is slowly awakening to the shifting contours within her household: hardly speaking and refusing to work, her father has inexplicably withdrawn from his family; her once-youthful mother looks so sad that Ruba imagines her heart must have withered like a fig in the heat; and Ruba’s older brother has begun to secretly meet with older boys who carry guns. When Ruba decides that to salvage her family she must first save her father, she uncovers a long-buried secret that will send her on a journey away from the safety of childhood and into a brutal reality where men kill in the name of faith and race, past wrongs remain unforgiven, and where nothing less than courageous acts of sacrifice and unity can offer survival. A Girl Made of Dust is a coming-of-age story sparked, but not consumed, by violence and loss. This strikingly assured debut captures both a country and a childhood plagued by a conflict that even at its darkest and most threatening, carries the promise of healing and retribution.

Beirut Hellfire Society


Author: Rawi Hage
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9781324002918
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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After his undertaker father's death, laconic, Greek mythology- reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society-- an antireligious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality. Pavlov agrees to take up his father's work for the society, and over the course of the novel acts as survivor- chronicler of his torn and fading community, bearing witness to both its enduring rituals and its inevitable decline.In Beirut Hellfire Society, award- winning author Rawi Hage-- praised for his "fierce poetic originality" (Boston Globe) and "uncompromising vision" (Colm Tóibín)-- asks: What, after all, can be preserved in the face of certain change and imminent death? The answer is at once propulsive, elegiac, outrageous, profane, and transcendent-- and a profoundly moving meditation on what it means to live through war.

German Religious Women in Late Ottoman Beirut

Competing Missions
Author: Julia Hauser
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004290788
Category: Religion
Page: 404
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In Competing Missions. German Religious Women in Late Ottoman Beirut, Julia Hauser offers a critical analysis of the German Protestant Kaiserswerth deaconesses’ establishment in late Ottoman Beirut as situated within the larger field of educational development in the city.

Transit Beirut

New Writing and Images
Author: Malu Halasa,Roseanne Saad Khalaf
Publisher: Al Saqi
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 191
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A unique anthology of complex urban experience that brings together personal writing, essays, journalism, short stories, photography and animation. Transit Beirut oscillates between sarcastic humour and serious exploration of the tensions and conflicts in a society undergoing reconstruction.

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.

Inhuman Land

Searching for the Truth in Soviet Russia, 1941-1942
Author: Jozef Czapski
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1681372576
Category: History
Page: 480
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A classic work of reportage about the Katyń Massacre during World War II by a soldier who narrowly escaped the atrocity himself. In 1941, when Germany turned against the USSR, tens of thousands of Poles—men, women, and children who were starving, sickly, and impoverished—were released from Soviet prison camps and allowed to join the Polish army being formed in the south of Russia. One of the survivors who made the difficult winter journey was the painter and reserve officer Józef Czapski. General Anders, the army’s commander in chief, assigned Czapski the task of receiving the Poles arriving for military training; gathering accounts of what their fates had been; organizing education, culture, and news for the soldiers; and, most important, investigating the disappearance of thousands of missing Polish officers. Blocked at every level by the Soviet authorities, Czapski was unaware that in April 1940 the officers had been shot dead in the Katyn forest, a crime for which Soviet Russia never accepted responsibility. Czapski’s account of the years following his release from the camp, the formation of the Polish army, and its arduous trek through Central Asia and the Middle East to fight on the Italian front is rich in anecdotes about the suffering of the Poles in the USSR, quotations from the Polish poetry that sustained him and his companions, encounters with literary gures (including Anna Akhmatova), and philosophical thoughts about the relationships between nationalities.

One Day in April


Author: Jād Ḥājj
Publisher: Quartet Books Limited
ISBN: 9780704372375
Category: Fiction
Page: 169
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?Beirut, April 13th, 1977... Exactly two years into the infamous civil war, Armenian photographer 'Koko' Krikorian is given an unusual assignment: meet up with freelance journalist Nader bin Nadeer in a remote Bekaa Valley village to cover a conciliatory wedding aimed at ending a vendetta between warring tribes. However, Nadar-a brilliant but maverick writer-is Koko's arch-enemy. Not only is he impossible to work with, he's also the man who stole Koko's girlfriend, the beautiful and enigmatic painter Najla. As Koko drives to the Bekaa, he reflects on the past entanglements of this tormented trio, on Beirut's fading glory, and on the destruction of its famed artistic and intellectual life. When he arrives, more surprises await him. The desperados aren't what they seem, there are rumors of a witch in the vicinity, and a novel idea for ending the civil war is being hatched. This rich portrait of Lebanon's cultural elite completes Jad El Hage's informal civil war trilogy and confirms the author's position as one of Lebanon's finest contemporary writers.

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.

Prisoner of Love


Author: Jean Genet,Barbara Bray
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590170281
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 430
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Follows the late author's experiences and observations as a visitor to an early 1970s Palestinian refugee camp, in a lyrical and philosophical account that offers insight into the Palestinian cause and the Middle Eastern conflict. Original.

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!

From Beirut to Jerusalem


Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374706999
Category: Political Science
Page: 560
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This revised edition of the number-one bestseller and winner of the 1989 National Book Award includes the Pulitzer Prize Winning author's new, updated epilogue.