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Seal Press | March 2013 | 320 pages | $16.00 | trade paper
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A young Oklahoma woman's conceptions of history, politics, and human nature are turned upside down when she stumbles into the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on a post-college backpacking trip.
Fast Times in Palestine is an unorthodox combination of memoir, journalism, and politics, with a dash of romance and adventure. Think Orwell's Homage to Catalonia meets Eat Pray Love in the Holy Land. Its aim is to bring the realities in Palestine to mainstream American audiences.
Pamela Olson grew up in small town Oklahoma and studied physics and political science at Stanford University. She lived in Ramallah, Palestine, for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and as foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi's 2005 presidential campaign.
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In January of 2006, she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked at a Defense Department think tank to try to bring what she had learned to the halls of power -- an educational but disillusioning experience. She is currently working on a sequel to Fast Times in Palestine called Palestine, D.C.
You can reach Pamela via her website, www.pamolson.org.