A Beirut Heart
One Woman's War
by Cathy Sultan
Other nonfiction stories by Cathy Sultan (All rights are available):
Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006
Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides
This disturbing and yet beautiful memoir, written by a courageous housewife, places us inside something we seldom think about—domestic survival during civil war. A Beirut Heart imposes upon the reader a haunting metaphor about how the tragic destruction of a great city can be paralleled in the psyche of even the most resilient of its inhabitants.
As a young woman Cathy Sultan dreamed of living in a foreign land. She realized that dream in 1969 when she moved with her Lebanese husband and two infant children from the United States to Beirut—a city known for its welcoming residents, breathtaking landscape and cosmopolitan culture. Sultan quickly grew to adore Beirut despite its seedy side, and came to think of it as her dysfunctional lover. Even after the onset of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975 her feelings were slow to change. Using cooking as a tranquilizer, Sultan worked tirelessly to provide a home environment that was comforting to her family and inviting to friends. Even as bullets pierced her own kitchen and bombs destroyed the ancient city and the lives of loved ones, she and her family refused to be driven from their home and their humanity. A Beirut Heart: One Woman's War is the riveting story of how a wife and mother struggled to maintain order and normality amid the unspeakable cruelty of civil war.
All rights are available.
A Beirut Heart:
Best Book Award and Best Autobiography.
Tragedy in South Lebanon
Best Book of the Year - Political Science - Nominated
Israeli and Palestinian Voices
USA's Best Books - History/Politics
Midwest Book Awards - Honorable Mention - Political Science
Interview on CSPAN
A Beirut Heart:
". . . a view drawn from a camera obscura that moves behind the screen of invading armies, détentes, and broken treaties. . . a compelling story of survival that settles for no less than the promise that this family will remain together and safe at all costs. . . ." —Colleen McElroy, Professor of English, University of Seattle; Author of 14 books including Over the Lips of the World: Among Storytellers of Madagascar and Queen of the Ebony Isles, which received the American Book Award.
Tragedy in South Lebanon:
"Sultan gives a fair and accurate account of what went on in South Lebanon. . . . She also lends a refreshing voice to those who would otherwise never be heard." —Timur Goksel, Senior Advisor and Official Spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
A Beirut Heart:
"A Beirut Heart: One Woman's War is an unpredictable memoir of a family whose choices tied them to disruptions and dangers of life on that city's infamous Green Line." —Sarah Harder, President, National Peace Foundation.
"There is nothing like an intelligent woman spouse and mother of small children to carry one into the midst of war, with its horrors as well as its capacity for soul-building." —David Burrell, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame; and Director, Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem.
"Ms. Sultan's story demonstrates the biological imperative that drives the human spirit when we must function and persevere in unthinkable circumstances." —Donald Mash, Former Chancellor, University of Wisonsin-Eau Claire.
"Cathy has combined a dramatic story of life in the Lebanese capital with the complexities of Middle Eastern politics." —Don Betz, PhD, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
"Sultan writes a compelling story of survival. . . This is a must-read for everyone with any interest in what happens to a family under seige." —Colleen McElroy, Professor of English, University of Washington, Seattle.
Review by Caleb and Linda Pirtle: Here Comes a Mystery - Daily Review.
Tragedy in South Lebanon:
"Finally finally finally there is a book that looks at the complex issues in Lebanon. . . . Sultan has taken her experience and transported all of us into the region to better understand the complexities from the people themselves. . . . Great! —Jack Rice, Journalist and Former CIA Officer.
Review on Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Israeli and Palestinian Voices:
". . . Standing in the shoes of those who face each other daily across this dangerous divide forces us to see beyond media stereotypes often reduced to terrorist and victim. The fast-paced narrative and compelling interviews brings to life a conflict whose complexities Americans must try to understand. . . " —Sarah Harder, President, National Peace Foundation.
Cathy Sultan is the award-winning author of three nonfiction books: Beirut Heart: One Woman's War, Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides, and Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006. The Syrian, a political thriller, is her first work of fiction. Sultan is also an activist who sits on the Board of the Interfaith Peace Builders, an NGO based in Washington D.C. She has led several delegations to Israel-Palestine, and accompanied a delegation to Gaza in November 2012.
Sultan won USA's Best Book Award and Best Autobiography of 2006 for A Beirut Heart; USA's Best Books of 2006 in the category of History/Politics for Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides; 2006 Midwest Books Awards - Honorable Mention in the category of Political Science for Israeli and Palestinian Voices; and Tragedy in South Lebanon was nominated for Best Book of the Year in the category of Political Science for 2008.
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- Publisher Calumet Editions, LLC.
- Publication Date April 2015
- Orginal LanguageEnglish
- ISBN/Identifier 9781939548320 / 1939548322
- Publication Country or regionUnited States
- Primary Price 15.99 USD
- Publish StatusPublished
- Original Language TitleEnglish
- Original Language AuthorsEnglish
- Copyright Year2015
- Page size6 X 0.6 X 9 Inches (6 X 9) inches
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