By Emma Giuliani
This enchanting accordion book invites us to see the beauty in every moment. On each page, a peek behind a flap or a turn of a wheel makes flowers bloom and brings color to a black-and-white landscape: a field blossoms with thanks for the warmth of the sun; a single bud opens in a gesture of love; a tree blooms, celebrating the passage of time. The visual poem that unfolds reveals the wonder that is ever-present in the circle of life, waiting to be discovered if we only look for it. Welcome the Day eloquently shares a heartwarming truth through creative paper engineering that will delight readers of all ages.
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A thoughtful and incisive meditation on literature, motherhood, and spiritual wellbeing from Turkey's leading female author.
After the birth of her first child, Elif Shafak experienced a profound personal crisis. Plagued by guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about her new maternal role, the acclaimed novelist stopped writing for the first time in her life. As she plummeted into post-partum depression, Shafak looked to the experiences of other prominent female writers - including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker - for help navigating the conflict between motherhood and artistic creation in a male-dominated society. Searingly honest, eloquent, and unexpectedly humorous, Black Milk will be widely embraced by writers, academics, and anyone who has undergone the identity crisis engendered by being a mother.
by Elif Shafak
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Daughter of Damascus presents a personal account of a Syrian woman's youth in the Suq Saruja ("old city") quarter of Damascus in the 1940s. Siham Tergeman wrote this book to preserve the details of a "genuine Arab past" for Syrian young people. In it, she relates the customs pertaining to marriage, birth, circumcision, and death. She writes of Ramadan festivities, family picnics to the orchards of the Ghuta, weekly trips to the public bath, her school experiences, Damascene cooking, peddlers' calls, and proverbs. She includes the well-known dramatic skits, songs, and tales of the Syrian Hakawati storytellers. And, through the words of her father, she describes the difficult period when Syrians were involved in the Balkans War and World War I. All this wealth of ethnographic detail is set in real-life vignettes that make the book lively and entertaining reading.
Little has been published about modern Syrian social life. In this English translation of an Arabic memoir originally published in Syria in 1978, Tergeman appeals to a wide audience. General readers will find a charming story, while scholars can find source material for university courses in anthropology, sociology, family and women's studies, and Middle Eastern area studies. The introduction by anthropologist Andrea Rugh portrays Syrian social life for Western readers and points out some of the nuances that might escape the attention of those unacquainted with Arab culture.
by Siham Tergeman
English version and introduction by Andrea Rugh