An enchanted way of life suddenly ended by multinational hostilities, her close-knit extended family is soon scattered far and wide. But in 1956, egyptian president nasser’s nationalizing of the Suez Canal set in motion events that would change her life forever. Speaking for a different wave of immigrants whose Sephardic origins highlight the American Jewish story through an unfamiliar lens, Naggar traces her personal journey through lost worlds and difficult transitions, exotic locales and strong family values.
Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus from Egypt #ad - The story resonates for all in this poignant exploration of the innocence of childhood in a world breaking apart.
To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of AfricaAmazon Publishing #ad - Nina sovich had always yearned for adventures in faraway places; she imagined herself leading the life of a solitary traveler. Catching her reflection in a window spotted with Paris rain, Lahore, she no longer saw the fearless woman who spent her youth travelling in Cairo, and the West Bank staring back at her.
. To the moon and timbuktu takes readers on a fast-paced trek through Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, bringing their textures and flavors into vivid relief. Inspired by female explorers like mary kingsley, and karen blixen, who ran a farm in Kenya during World War I, who explored Gabon’s jungle in the 1890s, Sovich packed her bags and hopped on the next plane to Africa in search of adventure.
To the Moon and Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa #ad - Unwittingly, she had followed life’s script, and now she needed to cast it out. Sovich’s journey reveals that sometimes we must pursue that distant glimmer on the horizon in order to find the things we value most. On sovich’s travels, she encounters rough-and-tumble chinese sailors, and a close-knit circle of Nigerien women who adopt her into their fold, indifferent French pensioners RVing along the coast, a Venezuelan doctor working himself to death in Chinguetti, showing her the promise of Africa’s future.
This lyrical memoir will transport you to the breathtaking landscapes of West Africa, whose stark beauties will instill wonder in even the most experienced traveler. Yet at the age of thirty-four, she found herself married and contemplating motherhood.
The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg VariationsAmazon Crossing #ad - And when the revolution ended, it was the piano that helped her to heal. By 1969, and xiao-mei was on her way to a work camp in Mongolia, the art schools had closed, where she would spend the next five years. Zhu xiao-mei was born to middle-class parents in post-war China, and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age.
Heartbreaking and heartwarming, the secret Piano is the incredible true story of one woman’s survival in the face of unbelievable odds—and in pursuit of a powerful dream. Taught to play the piano by her mother, she developed quickly into a prodigy, immersing herself in the work of classical masters like Bach and Brahms.
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One by one, her family members were scattered, sentenced to prison or labor camps. She was just ten years old when she began a rigorous course of study at the Beijing Conservatory, laying the groundwork for what was sure to be an extraordinary career.
Footprints on the Heart#ad - Ripped from their comfort zones and their Egyptian birthplace, each is propelled into New York worlds of challenge and opportunity, their destinies shaped by a land and a world in turmoil, fashion and finance. A mesmerizing tale of adventure, romance and survival. Driven by a mother's sacrifice to save her daughter from abuse, Footprints on the Heart unwinds an epic tale of love, and exile in the lives of unforgettable characters, deprivation and neglect, loss, and a lifetime of poverty, as they navigate the turbulence of six decades against a backdrop of powerful world events.
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On Two Feet and WingsSkyscape #ad - He is in a foreign country, he is alone, and he is just a boy. Abbas kazerooni is not yet ten, but he’s suddenly forced to leave his parents, his friends—his entire world—and flee Tehran. His quick thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, and the kindness of strangers allow him to make the best of his dire situation in surprising ways.
Does he have what it takes to not only survive against these challenging odds but achieve his parents’ ultimate dream for him: a visa to England, and the safety it represents? This compelling true story of one young boy’s courage provides a powerful child’s-eye view of war, political tumult, and survival.
If abbas doesn’t escape, it’s almost certain that he will be drafted and die fighting for a regime that has stripped his family of all they have. On his own in the strange, often frightening city of Istanbul, Abbas grows up fast—with little more than his wits to guide him. The iran-iraq war is at its bloodiest, and the Ayatollahs who rule Iran have reduced the recruitment age for the army.
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Navigating both the new landscape of her heart and that of her beloved war-torn city, Nimeta must draw upon her deepest reserves of inner strength to keep her family safe. A moving drama set against the backdrop of the crisis that rocked the Balkans in the 1990s, Rose of Sarajevo reveals the tremendous lengths people will go to in the name of love.
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The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping AfghanistanLittle A #ad - In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances. A heart-stopping memoir of a girl shaken by the brutalities of war and empowered by the will to survive, The Broken Circle brilliantly illustrates that family is not defined by the borders of a country but by the bonds of the heart.
Amid the rumble of invading soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home. Thus begins an epic, reckless, her siblings, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, and their father to reconnect with her mother.
The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan #ad - An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival—and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s. Before the soviet invasion of 1980, afghanistan—as peaceful, prosperous, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home—Kabul, and filled with people from all walks of life.
. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever.
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - After the fall of king farouk and the rise of the nasser dictatorship, Leon loses everything and his family is forced to flee, abandoning a life once marked by beauty and luxury to plunge into hardship and poverty, as they take flight for any country that would have them. A vivid, tradition, and triumph set against the stunning backdrop of Cairo, heartbreaking, tragedy, Lucette Lagnado's unforgettable memoir is a sweeping story of family, Paris, and powerful inversion of the American dream, faith, and New York.
Winner of the sami rohr prize for jewish literature and hailed by the new york times book review as a "brilliant, crushing book" and the New Yorker as a memoir of ruin "told without melodrama by its youngest survivor, " The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit recounts the exile of the author's Jewish Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father's heroic and tragic struggle to survive his "riches to rags" trajectory.
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World P.S. #ad - Lucette lagnado's father, leon, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit, is a successful Egyptian businessman and boulevardier who, makes deals and trades at Shepherd's Hotel and at the dark bar of the Nile Hilton.
I, Who Did Not DieRegan Arts. #ad - Written with award-winning journalist Meredith May, this is literature of a very high order, set down with passion, urgency, and consummate skill. The two countries spent a combined 1. 1 trillion dollars fighting the war. Little has been written of the iran-iraq war, one fought with chemical weapons, ballistic missiles, which was among the most brutal conflicts of the twentieth century, and cadres of child soldiers.
Instead, the boy committed an astonishing act of mercy. But zahed, and najah, are rare men—not just survivors, a child, a young restaurateur, but masterful, wondrously gifted storytellers. It was an act that decades later would save his own life. This is a remarkable story. This story is an affirmation that, in the end, it is our humanity that transcends politics and borders and saves us all.
I, Who Did Not Die #ad - More importantly, it is a story that must be told, and a richly textured view into an overlooked conflict and misunderstood region. More rarely still does such searingly brilliant literature—fit to stand beside Remarque, Hemingway, and O’Brien—emerge from behind “enemy” lines. 80, 000 iranian child soldiers were killed, mostly between the ages of sixteen and seventeen.
Young men of military service age—eighteen and above in Iraq, fifteen and above in Iran—died in the greatest numbers. It’s a war story.
Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the WorldAmazon Crossing #ad - When her world falls apart again as an adult, Christina returns to Brazil to finally confront her past and unlock the truth of what really happened to Christiana Mara Coelho. A memoir of two selves, never stop walking is the moving story of the profound love between families and one woman’s journey from grief and loss to survival and self-discovery.
An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s fight to find her true self between the life into which she was born and the one she was given. Christiana mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. When one door closed on the only life Christiana had ever known and on the woman who protected her with all her heart, a new one opened.
Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World #ad - As christina rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden, far from the despairing favelas of her childhood. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption.
. Accomplished and outwardly “normal, ” Christina is also filled with rage over what she’s lost and having to adapt to a new reality while struggling with the traumas of her youth.