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  • Title: Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family
  • Author: Najla Said
  • ISBN: 9781594487088
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about growing up second generation Arab American and struggling with that identity.The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural background and identity Said knew that her parents identifieA frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about growing up second generation Arab American and struggling with that identity.The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, Najla Said grew up in New York City, confused and conflicted about her cultural background and identity Said knew that her parents identified deeply with their homelands, but growing up in a Manhattan world that was defined largely by class and conformity, she felt unsure about who she was supposed to be, and was often in denial of the differences she sensed between her family and those around her The fact that her father was the famous intellectual and outspoken Palestinian advocate Edward Said only made things complicated She may have been born a Palestinian Lebanese American, but in Said s mind she grew up first as a WASP, having been baptized Episcopalian in Boston and attending the wealthy Upper East Side girls school Chapin, then as a teenage Jew, essentially denying her true roots, even to herself until, ultimately, the psychological toll of all this self hatred began to threaten her health.As she grew older, making increased visits to Palestine and Beirut, Said s worldview shifted The attacks on the World Trade Center, and some of the ways in which Americans responded, finally made it impossible for Said to continue to pick and choose her identity, forcing her to see herself and her passions clearly Today, she has become an important voice for second generation Arab Americans nationwide.
    Looking for Palestine Growing Up Confused in an Arab American Family A frank and entertaining memoir from the daughter of Edward Said about growing up second generation Arab American and struggling with that identity The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and

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    1. This is a very quick, easy readd I have mixed feelings about it, because I expected one thing and got another Since Najla is Edward Said s daughter, and since the book is titled Looking for Palestine, I was expecting to read aboutwell, Palestine And her development as an activist daughter of an intellectual activist What I got instead is a memoir about a very mixed up kid who spent most of her life denying her heritage and starving herself to be accepted as normal in a white, largely Jewish nei [...]

    2. I loved reading this book It was as if Najla Said was sitting at my kitchen table sharing coffee and her story with me Her struggle to find her true ethnicity, can be compared to everyones struggle to just fit into the human race For me it was a real page turner, I read it in one day.

    3. If I had been younger much younger, say in my teens or early twenties I probably would have liked this book It s the memoir of a child s and then later a young woman s struggle to find herself I don t mean to belittle her struggle or the insights she came to but, although the particulars of her situation are rather unique, the search for herself and the insights she came to seemed mundane than insightful Perhaps I expected too much, considering whose daughter she is And that is part of her pro [...]

    4. As smart as he was, Edward Said did not understand his daughter I believe the key to all that went on before was on p 158 girls like me didn t need to know serious things The Said s sent their son off to school with the tools to understand the rules , and like many before, of almost any ethnic background, sent their daughter off vulnerable.Fully vulnerable she was she was the only Arab in a school with Christians and Jews a school that had a holocaust survivor s memoirs and visit as part of its [...]

    5. Let me first specify that I received uncorrected copy of this book before publication for review That being said, my thoughts and opinions are mine alone I was not reimbursed by the publisher or asked to post a certain kind of review.This memoir is particularly notable for having been written by the daughter of acclaimed thinker and professor Edward Said She describes the difficulties she encountered in being raised as a self proclaimed Upper West Side princess, while also growing up in a family [...]

    6. Fabulous Said s book is so honest and to me, fascinating First of all, it has sparked in me an interest in the Arab world I want to educate myself about Israel and Palestine and the struggle I also loved Said s personal story and the way she describes her identity conflict, her insecurities and her troubled mind She writes really well and her self deprecating style and candid soul searching captivated me I related to her story as well because I struggled in middle and high school with being Cuba [...]

    7. I read an uncorrected proof of this book that I got through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers program It s based on a solo show that Najla Said Edward Said s daughter says she performs mostly for high school and college students That s apparent in the simplistic tone of the book, which makes it seem like it must be targeted at a young teen audience Looking past that, the narrative is about 3 4 humble bragging with a few paragraphs expressing guilt over the author s privilege It s just not a compell [...]

    8. The daughter of a late hero of minefascinating to read her story, and laugh with the similarities of our lives, and cry with the tragedies of her specific life Dealing with the feeling of other , something I have always struggled with, albeit not as pathologically as she hasI commend her for her work with other Arab American actors after 9 11 This is the story of all immigrantswhich in truth is the story of all Americans, at some point in their history, is it not

    9. Ok, I know it s my fault that I m not rating this book with 5 stars I just couldn t relate to what she s going through, and I tried to understand but I couldn t And another huge problem was that I expected too much of it The title said Looking for Palestine , and as I was reading I was also looking for her Palestine with her but neither I or she could find it And I believe that Palestine wasn t what she was looking for, she ended up finding her identity as an Arab American not even Palestinian A [...]

    10. I bought this book after I heard Najla Said speak at the Boston Book Festival I admired her courage as a very anxious person to stand up for an, in the USA, unpopular cause Despite the fact that her father was a leader in the Palestinian movement, Najla Said manages to write a very personal account to how a youth of Christian Lebanese and Palestinian descent feels in American society Said s confusion and suffering was compounded by her mental health issues anorexia and anxiety This makes her sto [...]

    11. I received Looking for Palestine as part of a giveaway.In her memoir, Najla Said recounts her early life growing up in New York City A Lebanese Palestinian American, baptized Christian but raised by non religious, intellectual parents her father was the literary theorist and academic Edward Said , Najla struggles with issues of identity common to any young girl body image and social standing but exacerbated by insecurities over her cultural background and identity From her childhood visits to Le [...]

    12. Najla Said is a Palestinian Lebanese growing up in New York City Her father is a famous Palestinian scholar and, unbeknownst to me, the reason we no longer use the word Oriental to describe Asian people Najla grew up confused and troubled with her identity Looking for Palestine is her memoir, which describes her childhood to present day and how she has dealt with her experience of never quite fitting in I had high hopes for this memoir, but was unimpressed It felt a tad whiny at times, and not q [...]

    13. What a complex and honest delivery from Said To be allowed to read of one s otherness, what it makes them feel, think and do, or vice versa Najla Said reminds us all, that it is our otherness, what a society cannot assimilate if we do not let them that will open us up to spaces where we can belong together A moving memoir.

    14. I would give 3 to the first 3 4 of the book and 4 to the last quarter I chose this book because it deals with identity issues of the Arab American daughter of Edward Said She grew up hating the Arab part of her identity It even lead to very dangerous anorexia I figured that she would write something earth shatteringly useful that could help me advise my own Arab American kids deal with identity For the first three quarters, I did identify and sympathize with her Her attitudes and experiences wer [...]

    15. I loved the book and read it in one sitting which is very unusual for me I loved the author s descriptions of her heritage they so reminded me of my own Like the author, whenever anyone asks me what my background is, I would never say Arab, but rather I m Lebanese Christian, always having to explain that yes, there are Christians in the Arab world , and I never fail to add that I m part Irish on my mother s side, unlike the author who always wished for that small piece of non Arabness Don t even [...]

    16. I respected Najla s honesty and her vulnerability throughout the book She addressed the Israeli Palestinian conflict as someone who has too many connections to the situation to pretend to be unbiased, as someone who feels like they should be an expert on the subject but is not, as someone who is confused and conflicted and struggles constantly to reconcile what she knows with who she knows I read this book with the intent to determine whether or not it would be a good choice for the Northeastern [...]

    17. The voice of the great Edward Said s daughter is plaintive, charming, familiar and easy on the eyes Self described Upper West Side princess , daughter of sophisticated Christian Arab parents, Najla grows up privileged but feeling always alienated negotiating Arab identity in largely WASP and Jewish Manhattan There is acceptance than trauma, but Najla experiences a series of private school crises that lead to anorexia Her eating disorder is the most candid part of the memoir the rest of her chil [...]

    18. The subtitle to Najla Said s memoir, Growing Up Confused in an Arab American Family, captures only one side of this engaging and sometimes laugh out loud funny book Said s memoir is also quite simply a young woman s coming of age story, albeit in the midst of a famous father and a complicated mix of backgrounds Throughout, Said s voice is crystal clear, funny, and to the point She tells a wrenching story of trying to make sense of her identities of which Palestinian is but one while growing up i [...]

    19. This is an amazing book It is rare because it is one of the few book that depicts middle east, growing up in a middle eastern house and their culture in non bias manner The memoir is written by an Arab Christian woman, by the name of Najla Said This is daughter of the great and late Edward Said I really loved the end part of the story, when she describes her finding her place in the world, and how Edward s last few days Also, I love the way she described her childhood growing up in an WASP surro [...]

    20. I really wanted to love this book, I was so excited to read it and finished it on a few sittings I thought it would be a reflection of my own experience and the confusion in culture most Arab Americans deal with I feel that Ms Said could have done with her story BUT that being said it s funny, humorous and laugh out loud worthy at times I found we shared similar growing up issues Did it capture the struggles of Arab Americans Not completely Was it partly a memoir of her late father Most definit [...]

    21. This was a giveaway, and I loved it Najla Said is a quirky and fun writer while at the same time very intelligent and self aware Growing up in a sheltered community, I never had to deal with the knowledge and prejudices that Said grew up with Even as a child she was aware of political turmoil, but I was still able to feel a connection with her because of how real she is, and how similar her own thoughts and feelings were to my own This book opened my eyes, and made me really wish I was a part o [...]

    22. A mildly interesting book by a young Palestinian Christian about her journey of self identity The reason I picked up the book because the author is the daughter of Edward Said, one of the leading scholars in the field of post colonial politics The book had its moments but, having read other books on self identity and exploration written by other children of immigrants, this was not quite up to par.

    23. Interesting story of how Najla came to love herself, her culture and history It is upsetting, yet common for girl in particular to feel that they must fit in with the majority Especially if the only this that visually appears to separate you is the tint to your skin and your name Being of African American, a group of people who s history and culture was literally beaten out of them, I cant understand how she could feel like an outsider among the elite she was growing up with.

    24. I received this book as a giveaway It was interesting, especially that her dad was so internationally famous I enjoyed it, even with all if the politics it s basically just a universal story of a person trying to feel comfortable with who they are

    25. A really beautiful personal narrative that offers perspective that s at once novel and universal Absolutely worth your time.

    26. I couldn t love this book I bought it because of its title but then i was looking for Palestine in it and I couldn t find it I expected much than this, something else

    27. I was not aware of Edward Said before reading this book, so I went into it without any expectation on the part of his daughter I had originally found the book when searching for memoirs about non celebrities, for books about the human experience and was drawn to the way that the description of this book included her cultural confusion.I have experienced cultural confusion and appreciate reading about how others have dealt with it and what they have gone through Being cultural confused here in th [...]

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