Day of Honey A Memoir of Food, Love, and War

ISBN-10: 1416583947

ISBN-13: 9781416583943

Edition: N/A

Authors: Annia Ciezadlo

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Now in paperback, the powerful memoir that The New York Times described as “filled with adrenalized scenes…Ciezadlo is the kind of thinker who listens as well as she writes.…Her sentences make a smart, wired-up sound on the page. Readers will be lucky to find her.”In the fall of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. Over the next six years, she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is her story of love, war, and the hunger for food and friendship in times of conflict.Living in occupied Baghdad, Ciezadlo longs for normal married life. She finds it in Beirut, her husband’s hometown, a city slowly recovering from years of civil war. But just as the young couple settles in to a new home, the bloodshed they escaped in Iraq spreads to Lebanon and reawakens the terrible specter of sectarian violence.In lucid, fiercely intelligent prose, Ciezadlo uses food and the rituals of eating to uncover a vibrant Middle East that most Americans never see. From secret Baghdad book clubs to home cooking with her sardonic Lebanese mother-in-law, Ciezadlo illuminates the human cost of war and takes us into the heart of the modern Middle East at a historic moment when hope and fear collide. Day of Honey is a profound exploration of everyday survival—a moving testament to the power of love and generosity to transcend the misery of war. 
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 2/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792

Born in Chicago, Annia Ciezadlo grew up in Bloomington, Indiana.nbsp;She received her Master's in journalism from New York University in 2000. In late 2003, she left New York for Baghdad, where she worked as a stringer forThe Christian Science Monitorand other publications for the next year. During this time, she wrote groundbreaking stories, about parliamentary quotas for women, Baghdad's graffiti wars, militant Islamist poetry slams, the flight of the country's Christian minority, and Iraq's first reality tv show. Her first-person piece on what it's like to go through checkpoints in Baghdad earned a flood of responses, and is now used by the US military to help prevent civilian casualities. Since then, she has reported on revolutions in Lebanon, crackdowns in Syria, repression in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the 2006 "summer war" between Israel and Hezbollah. Although she has covered several wars, Annia does not describe herself as a war correspondent. She specializes in articles about Arab culture and civil society, stories that explore the intersections between larger political realities and everyday activities like driving, cooking, and going to school.She has written about culture, politics, and the Middle East forThe New Republic, The Nation, The Washington Post,nbsp;theNational Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Observer,and Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper. She is currently a special correspondent forThe New Republic,based in Beirut. Annia lives somewhere between New York and Beirut, with her husband, the journalist Mohamad Bazzi.

New York
Introduction The Siege
The Quiet Assassin
Bride of the World
Honeymoon in Baghdad
The Benefits of Civilization
"Iraq Has No Cuisine"
Becoming Human
The Movement of Democratic Lovers
The Sumer Land
The Flavor of Freedom
Iftar Alone
Chicken Soup for the Iraqi Soul
The Devil's Hijab
The Free One
Even a Strong Person Can Ask for Peace
Republic of Foul
The Green Revolution
Death in Beirut
The War of the Kitchen
The Operation
Eat, Tray, War
Fear and Shopping
Cooking with Umm Hassane
Supper of Stones
God, Nasrallah, and the Suburbs
There Are No Shiites in This Neighborhood
My Previous Experience in Warfare
Author's Note
Select Bibliography
Reading Group Guide and Author Q&A
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