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Our Women on the Ground
Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World | Zahra Hankir
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Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour International media coverage of the Arab world is dominated by the work of Western correspondents--meaning we often view stories about those complex, interconnected conflicts through one particular lens. But a growing number of intrepid Arab women, whose access to and understanding of their subjects are vastly different than their Western counterparts, are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their homelands through their work as reporters and photojournalists. In Our Women on the Ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that are (quite literally) close to home. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the difficulty of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique--as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women or gain entry to places that an outsider would never be able to access. Their daring, shocking, and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about Arab women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is often misunderstood. INCLUDING ESSAYS BY: Donna Abu-Nasr, Aida Alami, Hannah Allam, Jane Arraf, Lina Attalah, Nada Bakri, Shamael Elnoor, Zaina Erhaim, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Hind Hassan, Eman Helal, Zeina Karam, Roula Khalaf, Nour Malas, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Heba Shibani, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Fascinating and powerful essay collection. So many varied perspectives within the collection give a well rounded picture of the difficulties facing women journalists, and women in general, in the unsettled Arab world of today.

#NFNov #nonfictionnovember

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GatheringBooks
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I feel like my heart is being torn out of my chest as I read one powerful essay after another. So much grief, it covers the world. Calamari especially prepared by the husband as I resist reading and pulled back yet again by the drumbeat of so much pain: “Arab Women Reporting From The Arab World.” Why is this book not receiving all the awards yet????

8little_paws Yes this anthology was fantastic. 5d
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Anna40
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I found this in the New books section of my library. It is a collection of essays by Arab female journalists. Media coverage of the Middle East and Arab world seems to be dominated by men or reporters from the outside, so this collection is extremely interesting. I wish I had more time to read at the moment...

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GatheringBooks
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#GratefulReads Day 12: Not really #AShortStory but more like essays/vignettes. This is a #BlameItOnLitsy title or to be more precise #BlameitOnReggie. @Reggie 🤣😂🧚🏼‍♀️

Cathythoughts The lunch looks delicious 😋 delicious 😋 1w
Reggie This pic makes me hungry. Hope you‘re liking the book. 1w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yum!! I‘m more interested in the food!! 1w
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conny
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I‘m awestruck & speechless. These essays by female Arab & Middle Eastern journalists spoke in volumes with such commendable tenacity, courage & resilience. This is a needed perspective I highly recommend.

Read for #NFNov challenge, hosted by @Clwojick & @rsteve388

Linsy This sounds excellent! 💕 1w
Clwojick Beautiful! 6pts. 1w
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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#NonfictionNovember starting off with a bang with this fascinating collection of essays written by female Arab journalists about their experiences reporting in Arab countries.

Smrloomis I need to get a copy! 2w
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DGRachel
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A set of mini-memoirs written by sahafiya, women journalists, on the frontlines of turbulent events in the Middle East over the last 30 years, this collection is poignant, emotional, and inspiring.

16 hrs so far for #24B4Monday. I hope to get a little more reading done today, but if not, I‘m happy with what I‘ve accomplished this weekend, including 4 1/2 hours yesterday for #deweysreadathon

Andrew65 A great time, well done! 👏👏👏 3w
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DGRachel
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I love the idea of a #weeklyforecast ( @Cinfhen you are BRILLIANT! 😘). My goal is to finish the tagged book, read everything below it, and start The Blue Eye. I‘m also hoping to finish my reread of The Black Khan via audio.

Cinfhen I‘ll take that compliment , thanks so much 😘and I‘m impressed with your goals for this week xx can‘t wait to to get that #bookreport on Saturday 😁 3w
Soubhiville I love this idea too @Cinfhen ! 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen I‘ll be impressed if I actually meet them. 🤣🤣 3w
Cinfhen Thanks @Soubhiville 🥰🙏🏻 3w
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laurar311
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I only just bought this one, so I haven‘t started reading it yet. As soon as I finish The Beekeeper of Aleppo I plan on starting on some of these essays. I look forward to seeing a new perspective on the Middle East that I feel I don‘t often hear about.

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DGRachel
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It‘s a little warmer and stickier than is truly comfortable, but there is a strong breeze, so I‘m going to try to get a little reading done for #24b4monday while enjoying my new deck. The dogs can‘t decide if they want to be inside with Mom or outside with me. 😂 #Bailey #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

crazyspine Nice outdoor furniture 2mo
charl08 Sounds brilliant! Adding. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Hi Bailey! 😘 2mo
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ManyWordsLater How are you liking this book? 2mo
DGRachel @crazyspine Thanks! It‘s pretty comfortable. 😊 @MicheleinPhilly Bailey says Hi back 👋🏻 2mo
DGRachel @charl08 @ManyWordsLater It‘s good so far. Not quite what I was expecting-I was thinking a little more reporting on events in the Middle East, but it‘s almost more mini-memoirs of the journalists experiences covering those events. Much more personal and powerful, so I can only read one essay at a time without taking a break. 2mo
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DGRachel
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Making the most of our Fall temperatures on my new deck, even though my deck furniture hasn‘t arrived, yet.

#bailey #deck #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #perfectweather

Mitch Looks lovely ( deck, Bailey & the book!) 2mo
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sumaiyya.books
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oh my god this book is so so so good and intense and life changing. Please read it 🖤

charl08 Added! 2mo
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Floresj
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A collection of essays by Arab women journalists from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, this book gives such an unique perspective into each of these countries and the life of a journalist. It also made motivated to subscribe to the NYT to support the journalists who put their lives on the line so that we can learn the truth of our world. Wonderful, inspiring, harrowing read.

Reggie I really liked this book!! 2mo
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DGRachel
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I decided I needed to own a copy of the tagged book, so I made a quick run to #ParkRoadBooks to grab one, and *might* have picked up a fun read to balance out the serious essays. 😆

kspenmoll Lovely photo! 3mo
Linsy Beautiful vase! 1w
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Reggie
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19 essays from Arab women journalists from all over the Arab World. This was eye opening to this American in his self spun cocoon. I had no idea what the Arab Spring was or how it started or who Mohamed Bouazizi was. How this was a catalyst for everything that happens in this decade for the Middle East. I must admit I had my own preconceived notions about the area and women from the Middle East and this was revelatory. I‘m glad I read it. 👇🏼

Reggie I just want to add that the strength these women have to fight to be able to do something that society tells them that, based on their gender, they have no business doing, while witnessing and reporting on nightmares one can only hope to never have to live through left me with a deep sense of respect and gratitude towards them. Pick! (edited) 3mo
Tanisha_A I stacked it yesterday after reading your blurb. Sounds like a powerful read! Great review! 💙 3mo
Suet624 Well now I have to go find this! 3mo
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Suet624 And yes, so much respect for these women. (edited) 3mo
IvoryLunatic Ah I this exactly the kind of book I want to be reading more of. Thank you for the review! 3mo
LibrarianJen I took a women and war history class in undergrad and loved it! This would have been a great addition to the class. If you want something else similar try 3mo
thebluestocking You write great reviews. 💙 2mo
GatheringBooks this is exactly the kind of book i should be reading now! i think i need this in my life right about now. 2mo
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Reggie
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This is from the introduction but I‘m 2/3rds of the way finished with it. I could have finished it tonight but this isn‘t a book one barrels through. If you‘re like me and have had your head in the sand, it‘s pretty eye opening. Much respect to all these women.

Niso As an Arab woman, I 100% endorse this statement and this anthology ❤️ I hope you‘d have a great time reading it! 3mo
Reggie @Niso I just finished this book and thought it was great. It was very educational. 3mo
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We have signed copies of Zahra Hankir's Our Women on the Ground! 👏 Nineteen women journalists tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that (quite literally) hit close to home. Their daring and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about the region's women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is frequently misunderstood.

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DGRachel
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Opting for something completely different this evening.
#sundaysnuggles #bailey #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #amstaff #pibble
#nonfiction

Nute Such a cute photo of Bailey!🐶💜 3mo
Reggie I started this earlier tonight. So eye opening. 3mo
DGRachel @Reggie I‘ve only read the intro and the first two essays, but that second broke my heart. I‘ve read several books on recent events in the Middle East, including one written by another female reporter on Syria, so there hasn‘t been anything shocking so far, but the personal stories are always so heartbreaking. 3mo
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DGRachel
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Today‘s mini-#libraryhaul #bookhaul brought to me by the color GREEN. 🤣🤣 I‘m super excited about the tagged book. Marilou looks questionable for me, and I can‘t remember why I requested it, but I‘m going to give it a shot.

LauraBeth I have had to start a spreadsheet of my TBRs with a column added to reflect who/where the recommendation came from 😂. I‘d get a notice from the library that a hold came in and I‘d be like, “Why on Earth did I hold this?!” 3mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth A spreadsheet is a great idea! I used to keep a little notebook and I‘d write @Liberty or @Litsy or @BookRiot since that where most of my reccs came from but a spreadsheet sounds much better. 🧐 3mo
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Bkwurm
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This looks right up my alley! It isn‘t available from any of my libraries...have any of you Littens read it? Should I go ahead and jump in and purchase it? Recommendations appreciated!