Friday Fast Picks: Palestinian Perspectives

#1 Balcony on the Moon

By Ibtisam Barakat
Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a write.

#2 The Lemon Tree

By Sandy Tolan
In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a twenty-five-year-old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family left fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust

#3 Where the Streets Had a Name

By Randa Abdel-Fatteh
Thirteen-year-old Hayaat of Bethlehem faces check points, curfews, and the travel permit system designed to keep people on the West Bank when she attempts to go to her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem with her best friend.

#4 Baddawi

By Leila Abelraqaq
Baddawi is a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp called Baddawi in northern Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the thousands of Palestinians who fled their homeland.

#5 Once Upon An Eid

By S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
Once Upon An Eid, a collection of stories celebrating hope and joy from 15 Muslim authors. Stories range from the sharing of meals, exuberant reunions and irritating relatives, the thrill of giving and the tenderness of receiving a gift from the heart.