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Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo
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Mar 06, 11

Read from February 22 to March 06, 2011

I've marked this book "read" but it's not finished, since I'm still working my way through the recipes in the back! Annia is a friend and colleague, and in this deft, funny and thoughtful book she shows those of us lucky to have lived far from war how conflict remakes the fabric of everyday life without ever wholly destroying it. In these pages lies the rich human detail I had always wanted to see in journalism from Iraq but could almost never find in the papers (aside from Annia's dispatches for the Christian Science Monitor). In Lebanon, where she settles (sort of) with her husband, journalist Mohamad Bazzi, her account gets even more intimate as the brewing conflict there ripples through her own family. But this is hardly just a book of personal vignettes, or food (though it offers plenty of both); these ingredients serve as entries to understanding the absurdities and rages that fuel sectarian conflict, as well as the grounding forces that keep society going.
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