Here from her Michigan home where she was founding director of the Palestine Aid Society of America and the Arab American National Museum is Anan Ameri. She visits with an evocative memoir of growing up, The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus (Olive Branch Press).
“In the course of 23 vignettes spanning three decades The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus describes life as it had been from the early fifties to the mid 1970s in three major cities: Amman, Damascus and Jerusalem. Anan Ameri’s extraordinary rich life is described in lively and engaging prose. Her free rebellious spirit permeates these pages providing the reader with a Kaleidoscopic expose of life in these cities. Whether it is through running away from school to take part in political demonstrations or through the travails of her political father, Ameri succeeds in describing the political landscape of wars, political and social turmoil at crucial junctures in the history of the Middle East region. The book is a real pleasure to read.” —Raja Shehadeh.
“Anan Ameri’s stories are exquisite gems of humanity—her gentle, direct touch even when describing scenes of complication, confusion, or conflict—are filled with bright insight, detail, and care. I wish my father were still alive so he could read this book. Everyone should read it!”—Naomi Shihab Nye.