Search Results: "Najla Said"


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LOOKING FOR PALESTINE by Najla Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An enlightening, warm, timely coming-of-age story exploring the author's search for identity framed within the confounding maze of America's relationship with the Middle East."
In an illuminating memoir, the daughter of Edward Said, the writer, academic and symbol of Palestinian self-determination, explores her complex family history and its role in shaping her identity. Read full book review >

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VARJAK PAW by S.F. Said
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
ANIMALS
Released: May 13, 2003

"Although the suspenseful atmosphere slides rather abruptly into surreal horror at the climax, several dangling plotlines will encourage readers to hope for the return of Varjak and his endearing companions. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A touch of magic realism lends spooky charm to Said's animal fantasy. Read full book review >

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PHOENIX by S.F. Said
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An astrological twist on an age-old story; the echoes of Star Wars, The Golden Compass, and A Wrinkle in Time should win it fans. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Young Lucky is awakened one night to discover his linens seared by fire after having a dream of flying among the stars—but it was no dream. Read full book review >

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NASSER by Said K. Aburish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2004

"'For an Arab to excel in administration is rare,' Aburish remarks in another curious statement. If so, Nasser was all the more exceptional."
Thoughtful—though sometimes puzzling—biography of the Arab world's "most charismatic leader since the Prophet Mohammed," and the last to command international influence. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2006

"Well-written and quite revealing."
Makdisi (Beirut Fragments, 1990) blends feminism and international politics in this examination of the lives and aspirations of the women of her family over roughly the last century. Read full book review >

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Released: May 29, 1981

"On this last, Said is probably the most trenchant commentator around."
In Orientalism (1978), Said denounced the ethnocentric distortions of (primarily) the Islamic world by Western scholarship, past to present. Read full book review >

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THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW by SF Said
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It's a rare sequel that so surpasses its predecessor; one hopes the neatly resolved plotlines don't preclude further installments. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Varjak Paw is back! Read full book review >

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REFLECTIONS ON EXILE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >

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THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE by Edward W. Said
Released: Nov. 21, 1979

"By using and recommending only partisan documentation, however, and neglecting to provide evidence for a number of controversial interpretations (Palestinian 'ejection from Israel; 'unauthorized' Arab terrorism), Said limits the usefulness of his tract as a scholarly work; but the position had not heretofore been articulated at this elevated level."
In this polemical essay, Edward Said, a Columbia professor and member of the Palestinian National Council, presents the Palestinian case to the American public—a follow-up to his general attack on the field of Middle East studies in Orientalism (1979). Read full book review >

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CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM by Edward W. Said
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Read full book review >

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ORIENTALISM by Edward W. Said
Released: Nov. 30, 1978

"The book is redundant and not always reasonable, but bound to cut a wide swath and leave its mark."
One may quibble with the title: this is a study of Islamic Orientalism solely, of Western representations of the Near East, with little or no direct reference to Persia, India, China, Japan. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

"An exceedingly, commendably unique eyewitness account of a country in transition, told by a charming young narrator."
What did you do over summer vacation? Akbar spent his—actually three of them—in Kunar, Afghanistan, with his father, a repatriated Afghan who happened to be tight with President Hamid Karzai. Read full book review >