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Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
Publisher: FSG Macmillan
Published Date: 26 October 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0374302511

Picking up where Tasting the Sky left off, Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. Ibtisam finds inspiration through writing letters to pen pals and from an adult who encourages her to keep at it, but the most surprising turn of all for Ibtisam happens when her mother decides that she would like to seek out an education, too. This memoir is a touching, at times funny, and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. 

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The 2017 Shortlist

  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
  • The Oslo Accords
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • Code Name: Butterfly
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre

Past Winners

  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation
  • The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
  •  The Battle for Justice in Palestine
  • Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile
  • The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948