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Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo

In 2003 journalist Annia Ciezadlo accompanied her Lebanese husband, Mohamad, to Baghdad where he was sent to report for an American newspaper. They went first to Beirut where they met Mohamad's family, then back to New York where they were civilly married, and eventually on to Iraq: the honeymoon. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War is Ciezadlo's spectacular account of her journey into a country at war, of the people she met along the way, and of the food that brought them all together. Early in the pages of the book Ciezadlo writes, "The truth is I was never all that interested in the Middle East". It’s a simple observation that draws you into her story with the understanding that you – and anyone else – is welcome in reading, that you have every right to venture into the pages. It also illustrates the honesty with which she approaches the topic, and all the smaller topics within the book. It’s her non-political approach that makes Day of Honey a reading experience everyone will likely be affected by; and she cultivates her ability to guide us through the topic by speaking languages that we all understand: family, friendship, and food.

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