Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Literary Collections - 224 pages
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Based on diaries and email correspondence that she kept from 1981-2004, here Suad Amiry evokes daily life in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Capturing the frustrations, cabin fever, and downright misery of her experiences, Amiry writes with elegance and humor about the enormous difficulty of moving from one place to another, the torture of falling in love with someone from another town, the absurdity of her dog receiving a Jerusalem identity card when thousands of Palestinians could not, and the trials of having her ninety-two-year-old mother-in-law living in her house during a forty-two-day curfew. With a wickedly sharp ear for dialogue and a keen eye for detail, Amiry gives us an original, ironic, and firsthand glimpse into the absurdity—and agony—of life in the Occupied Territories.


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Imagine living with curfews, unpredictable in duration and imposed and lifted erratically, in a place where every detail of your life is controlled externally. For architect Amiry (director, Ctr. for ... Read full review


Title Page Dedication Preface
I Was Not in the Mood
Goodbye Mother
Return to Jaffa
The SevenYear Epic of My Identity 19811988
The Bold and NotSoBeautiful
The Balcony
Our New Neighbors
Ramallah Under Curfew 29 March1 May 2002
The Purple Dress
The Marmalade
The Doors
Welcome Home Salim
Saleh the Blacksmith

A Shopping Spree in Anticipation of Saddams Scud Missiles
The Promised Gas Masks
Palestina Vulgaris
A Dogs Life
Dialas First Encounter
Cappuccino in Ramallah
NablusThe Unbearable Encounter I My Nabulsi Grandmother
The Destruction of Nabluss Historic Quarter
The Three Princesses
Sharon and My Teflon
A TenDay Relaxation Trip to Egypt
A Lionesss Perspective
Endnotes About the Author Copyright Page

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Suad Amiry is an architect and the founder and director of RIWAQ, Centre for Architectural Conservation, in Ramallah. She grew up in Amman, Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo, and studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and at the Universities of Michigan and Edinburgh. Amiry participated in the 1991—1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in Washington, D.C., and from 1994 to 1996 was assistant deputy minister and director general of the Ministry of Culture in Palestine. She is the author of several books on architecture and was awarded Italy’s Viareggio-Versilia Prize in 2004 for this book. She lives in Ramallah.

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