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New Texts Out Now: Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. New York City: Nation Books, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Alia Malek (AM): I’ve always wanted the opportunity to dive into my family’s history, specifically that of my great-grandfather and my grandmother, in order to better understand their lives against the backdrop of Syrian history. At the same time–like so many others–I have become increasingly distressed with what has happened ...

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Alia Malek is an award-winning journalist, whose reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and Christian Science Monitor, among others. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka, and editor of Patriot Acts and EUROPA. Her most recent book is a work of narrative nonfiction, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. Malek holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University (BA), Georgetown Law School (JD), and Columbia Journalism School (MS). In November 2016, she was honored with the 12th Annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Her work can be found at