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Fiction and nonfiction selections by Palestinian authors and/or about Palestine.

We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I

A Palestinian Memoir

By: Raja Shehadeh
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

2023 National Book Award Finalist for NonfictionA subtle psychological portrait of the author’s relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rightsAziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee. He was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this searingly... Read more

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Palestinian Walks

Forays into a Vanishing Landscape

By: Raja Shehadeh
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Raja Shehadeh is a passionate hill walker. He enjoys nothing more than heading out into the countryside that surrounds his home. But in recent years, his hikes have become less than bucolic, and sometimes downright dangerous. That is because his home is Ramallah, on the Palestinian West Bank, and the landscape he traverses is now the site of a... Read more

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Except for Palestine

The Limits of Progressive Politics

By: Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

In this major work of daring criticism and analysis, scholar and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and Israel-Palestine expert Mitchell Plitnick spotlight how holding fast to one-sided and unwaveringly pro-Israel policies reflects the truth-bending grip of authoritarianism on both Israel and the United States. Except for Palestine deftly... Read more

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Evil Eye

A Novel

By: Etaf Rum
Narrated by: Vaneh Assadourian & Gail Shalan
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

“A moving meditation on motherhood, inter-generational trauma and how surface appearances often obscure a deeper truth. . . . A stunning second novel from a writer who set the bar very high with her first!”—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics and Community BoardThe acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of... Read more

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They Called Me a Lioness

A Palestinian Girl's Fight for Freedom

By: Ahed Tamimi & Dena Takruri
Narrated by: Dena Takruri
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

A Palestinian activist jailed at sixteen after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers illuminates the daily struggles of life under occupation in this moving, deeply personal memoir.

“I cannot even begin to convey the clarity, the intensity, the power, the photographic storytelling of They Called Me a Lioness.”—Ibram X. Kendi, internationally...
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The Tiny Journalist

By: Naomi Shihab Nye
Narrated by: Naomi Shihab Nye
Length: 1 hour 55 minutes

“A moving testament to the impact one person can have and the devastating effects of occupation.”
Washington Post Best Poetry Books of 2019
Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna... Read more

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Minor Detail

By: Adania Shibli
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 3 hours 57 minutes

A searing, beautiful novel meditating on war, violence, memory, and the sufferings of the Palestinian people.

Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba—the catastrophe that led to the displacement and exile of some 700,000 people—and the Israelis celebrate as the War of... Read more

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By: Ilan Pappe
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 12 hours 40 minutes

Renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint.

Denied for almost six decades, had it... Read more

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Salt Houses

By: Hala Alyan
Narrated by: Leila Buck
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home On the eve of her daughter Alia's wedding, Salma reads the girl's future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to... Read more

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Against the Loveless World

A Novel

By: Susan Abulhawa
Narrated by: Susan Abulhawa
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes

2020 Palestine Book Awards Winner
2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist

“Susan Abulhawa possesses the heart of a warrior; she looks into the darkest crevices of lives, conflicts, horrendous injustices, and dares to shine light that can illuminate hidden worlds for us.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

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Mother of Strangers

A Novel

By: Suad Amiry
Narrated by: Amin El Gamal & Lameece Issaq
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR from NPR  • Set in Jaffa in between 1947 and 1951, this “fable-like historical novel of young love ... darkly humorous and touching” (Oprah Daily) is based on a true story during the beginning of the destruction of Palestine and displacement of its people.

Based on the true story of two Jaffa teenagers, Mother of Strangers... Read more

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On Palestine

By: Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

The sequel to the acclaimed Gaza in Crisis from world-famous political analyst Noam Chomsky and Middle East historian Ilan Pappé.

Operation Protective Edge, Israel's 2014 assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. The need to stand in solidarity with Palestinians has never been... Read more

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The Parisian

By: Isabella Hammad
Narrated by: Fiona Button
Length: 20 hours 17 minutes

The Parisian, a captivating novel of cultural assimilation, deprivation, and sacrifice in times of war, is quite simply a beautifully vivid, immersive love story. While these attributes alone would make The Parisian a compelling read, it is Hammad’s writing that marks this work as one of the greatest novels I’ve read in recent years. The... Read more

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Enter Ghost

By: Isabella Hammad
Narrated by: Nadia Albina
Length: 11 hours 41 minutes

“Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. There are certain authors whose websites I continually refresh looking for new material. It's the worst when I start doing this in response to a debut because the wait is excruciating. Luckily Isabelle Hammad has at least one other book in circulation to tide me over because this was SPECTACULAR. I was also struck by the... Read more

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Justice for Some

Law and the Question of Palestine

By: Noura Erakat
Narrated by: Christine Rendel
Length: 13 hours 53 minutes

Justice in the Question of Palestine is often framed as a question of law. Yet none of the Israel-Palestinian conflict's most vexing challenges have been resolved by judicial intervention. Occupation law has failed to stem Israel's settlement enterprise. Laws of war have permitted killing and destruction during Israel's military offensives in... Read more

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The Hundred Years' War on Palestine

A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017

By: Rashid Khalidi
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi & Rashid Khalidi
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.

In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home... Read more

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