With the deaths recently of the three Jewish teenagers and the brutal revenge-killing of one Palestinian teen, I’ve found the book I’ve just read timely: My promised Land: The Tragedy and Triumph of Israel by Ari Shavit. Not that the book offers much hope in this endless struggle, but it does offer more information and understanding to someone like me, with minimal facts of the history of Israel. Though Shavit uses a device in the beginning that I wasn’t crazy about and although I had another quibble or two with his style, I cannot recommend the book highly enough.

About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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