What We Are Reading Today: An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba by Nahla Abdo and Nur Masalha

Updated 18 May 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba by Nahla Abdo and Nur Masalha

  • The collection gives new insights into the Palestinian experience of the Nakba and the wider dynamics of the conflict, which continue to this day

The 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call “the catastrophe” was bound to unleash a flurry of new works, of which this is one, about the mass evictions of Palestinians from lands that were taken to establish the state of Israel. 

It could be said that history not only changed for Palestinians in 1948, but ended. Still stateless seven decades on, for them the bitterness and trauma are as raw as ever.

Efforts at preserving the memory of the Nakba have resulted in an unparalleled body of oral testimony. 

The editors of this book have tapped into that rich seam to tell the story of this epochal event through the words of those who lived through it. There are contemporary accounts from 1948 and accounts related in the present day as memories. 

The collection also gives new insights into the Palestinian experience of the Nakba and the wider dynamics of the conflict, which continue to this day. 

The Nakba is the pivotal event shaping Palestinian identity and galvanizing resistance. This book shows that it is by no means consigned to the past, but an ongoing, pernicious process aimed at the erasing of Palestinian history and memory.


What We Are Reading Today: A Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald

Updated 20 October 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: A Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald

  • This is the story of one man's battle to pursue his dreams despite an often incapacitating brain disorder

A Mind Unraveled is a well-written, informative, and enlightening book from Kurt Eichenwald. It is a beautiful, tragic, and strong memoir.

This is the story of one man's battle to pursue his dreams despite an often incapacitating brain disorder. 

From his early experiences of fear and denial to his exasperating search for treatment, Eichenwald provides a deeply candid account of his years facing this misunderstood and often stigmatized condition. 

He details his encounters with the doctors whose negligence could have killed him, but for the heroic actions of a brilliant neurologist and the family and friends who fought for him.

A Mind Unraveled reads like a medical thriller, at times truly frightening but also deeply inspiring,” commented Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, in a review published in goodreads.com.

He added: “This book will make me think differently as a doctor. Eichenwald is a tremendously talented writer. When you travel on his personal journey, it is pure gold.”

Reviewing the book for the New York Times, Daphne Merkin said: “A Mind Unraveled is inspirational in the true sense of the word rather than in a gimmicky, self-help sort of way. It is written with great verve and wisdom by someone who has closely and thoughtfully detailed his own plight as well as the journey out of it.”

Merkin is the author of “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression.” 

He added: “I found myself reading it obsessively, the better to discover what happens to Eichenwald as he stumbles from one traumatic misadventure to the next while managing all the while to keep his eye on the larger picture. It is a book to take heart from.”