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Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
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Jul 07, 10

Recommended to Leanne by: Brenda Thomas
Read in July, 2010

I would love to know Ibtisam Barakat personally. To read about the Six-day War from the perspective of a Palestinian child, is a memory I hope I never forget. Barakat shares her story to promote understanding of both Palestinians and Israelis. Her hope is that "together, these stories can show us how all people are interdependent and have the same basic needs."

Like Naomi Shihab Nye, Barakat's prose reads like poetry:

"My tears drip onto my shoes. Tears are my secret ink, in the absence of real ink. Liquid stories. On the air that comes into and leaves my chest, I write all the things that happen to me."

I especially love that Ibtisam tells her story simply with no political agenda. By describing her parents, her brothers, and her family's upheaval, she gives the huge scope of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict a very personal face.
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