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Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut by Salma Abdelnoor

Monday • April 14 • 4pm

Bellevue Store

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Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the 80s, then nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since then— even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New York City—Salma has had a hunch that Beirut was still her home. She kept dreaming of moving back—and finally decided to do it.

Jasmine and Fire is Salmas poignant and humorous journey of try-ing to resettle in Beirut and fumbling through the new realities of life in one of the worlds most complex, legendary, ever-vibrant, ever- troubled cities.

Tasty Reads Book Club Salma Abdelnour is a writer and editor based in New York City. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and Houston, Texas, and has lived in New York since graduating from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been the travel editor at Food & Wine, the food editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, and the restaurant editor at Time Out New York. Look for Salma on

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