Title: Hope Street, Jerusalem written by Irris Makler
Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir
Published by Harper Collins Publisher
Page count: 320
Rating: 5/5 – It was amazing!!
‘I had no idea how demanding this consuming, cruel, dangerous and fascinating place would be. I would fall in love here, I would do some of my best reporting, I would be injured, ending my run of good luck – my life would change dramatically …‘
Moving to a strange city always takes courage, but never more so than in a place where the daily expression of love and hate can turn a simple choice of a romantic table by the window into a life or death decision.
Both a love story and bittersweet tribute to her beloved adopted city of Jerusalem, Irris Makler shines a hopeful light on a part of the world where the news reports often makes it seem impossibly dark. From juggling the danger and unpredictability of her work as a roving foreign correspondent , covering everything from Palestinian suicide attacks to Israeli incursions into the West Bank, to falling in love with a handsome and charming young Israeli, and gaining a mischievous four-legged companion along the way, she allows us an intimate glimpse into a passionate, vibrant and fascinating world.
Adventurous, compassionate and engagingly honest, the award-winning author of OUR WOMAN IN KABUL is a master at capturing the personal stories behind the news we really want to know – and her story is the most interesting of all.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hope Street, Jerusalem. I would like to take a moment and thank TLC Book Tours and the author, Irris Makler for allowing me to participate. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I’m excited to share it with you today!
Although I don’t get around to reading a lot of nonfiction, I discovered my love of nonfiction and memoirs in college when I enjoyed assigned reading for classes like geopolitics and international economics a little more than my peers. It was this enthusiasm for memoirs and nonfiction that made me super excited to read Hope Street, Jerusalem. Once I read the description of this book (as you can see above), I knew I had to read it. Once I held the book in my hands, I was even more intrigued. As you can see, it has this hauntingly beautiful cover that I found myself drawn to whenever my eyes roamed over my bookshelf.
I wasn’t disappointed.
I feel like I can’t even rightly express how much I loved this book. Wow, just wow, is really all that seems to sum it up. I feel honored to have been able to witness the events in this book in the author’s words. When I started this book, I could not put it down…I was literally just riveted until the very last page. I went through a lot of different emotions in one sitting…happiness, disappointment, sadness, astonishment and I could probably go on.
I was familiar with a lot of the historical content in this book mainly because of classes I took when I was working on my International Relations degree . I thought that was really helpful when reading this book but even if you don’t have any sort of background reading on the events that occur in this book the author does a great job of describing everything and giving you background information.
I loved reading this story as a memoir. For me memoirs read like fiction but when we are reading it we are conscious of the fact that these things really did happen, someone really went through this. This book reminded me of the important fact that while I’m sitting here typing on my computer, playing with my dog, or eating dinner…these tragic events like suicide bombings are occurring at the other end of the world. This book definitely puts that into perspective, a book with that kind of impact is something so rare it must be treasured.
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. The writing is impeccable, Irris Makler transported me into the life she was living at this point in time. I feel intimately familiar with Mia and with Meg even though I have never met them! I absolutely love the themes of hope and love in this book and how the author writes about Mia and herself towards the end of the book and how their relationship has changed. Being a fur mommy myself I just treasured this so much, I love Mia!! I also have fallen in love with the love story of Raphael and Irris. I desperately hoped they would end up together. One of my most favorite things about this book are the descriptions…the author does such a wonderful job in presenting us with the sights, the smells, the sounds of the places she goes whether it’s a market in Jerusalem or the site of a suicide bombing…her ability to do this is almost magical! I enjoyed this book so much I was almost sad to see it end. One thing is for certain…what a life the author has lived!!! Few ever get to see or experience what she has in her lifetime and all I can say is just wow! Thank you for sharing your story with us! I also appreciated the photos included in this book, I didn’t look at them until I finished reading the book and I found that I had imagined the setting different than what it really is so it was good to be able to see photos from Yemin Moshe.
In conclusion, I gave this book a five star rating because it was amazing. I am in love with this book and I definitely plan to read it again. Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK!!!!
About the Author
For the past seven years, award-winning foreign correspondent Irris Makler has been based in Jerusalem, filing stories across the Middle East for radio, television and online news services around the world, including Australia. Previously based in Moscow and London, she reported extensively from Afghanistan as one of the first journalists on the scene after 9/11. She is the author of Our Woman in Kabul.