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Gershom GorenbergFor, humor aside, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is also a dispute between two opposing stories about what has happened here. For each side, its story is the very heart of its identity. Historians can aspire to break the bounds of those narratives and approach an objective telling; a memoir aims instead at making the collective story personal and particular. Amiry does that with subtlety and complexity. I would invite her to my table because Israelis need to hear what it was like to risk being shot to collect one's 92-year-old mother-in-law from a home near Yasser Arafat's besieged Ramallah headquarters during a brief break in a curfew—and because I'd like to discuss with her the Israeli miseries that are left out of this tale.
—The Washington Post