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  • Publishers Weekly (named it a Top 10 Travel Book of 2013)

  • Library Journal

  • National Geographic (named it a Best Travel Book of Spring)

  • Kirkus

  • Prof. Richard Falk, Citizen Pilgrimage

  • Story Circle

  • Edmond Sun (an Oklahoma newspaper)

  • Jordan Times

  • A Traveler's Library: An Inside Look at Palestine

  • Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, Mondoweiss

  • This Week in Palestine

  • 5 End-of-Summer Travel Memoirs, Peter Greenberg, CBS News

  • "Beach Reads" for a San Francisco Fall, SF Chronicle

  • Book Recommendation: Fast Times in Palestine, The Cultureist

  • BiblioJunkie

  • Eat, Read, Explore

  • Love, Inshallah

  • Proto Libro

  • Chick Lit Club

  • Tango Diva

  • Jerry Merriman, Mondoweiss

  • David Enzel

  • Goodreads Reviews

  • Amazon Reviews

    Interviews & Presentations

  • Interview with Rick Steves (audio begins at 6:30)

  • Interview with The Global Observatory (audio and transcript)

  • Presentation at The Palestine Center in DC (video)

  • Interview at Oklahoma University (audio and transcript)

  • Interview with Talking Stick TV (video)

  • Interview on Michael Slate Show, KPFK (audio begins at min 5)

  • Interview with Danielle Tumminio, Huffington Post

  • Interview with The Global Bookshelf

  • Interview with IndieReader

  • Interview with Noor Elashi

  • Presentation at Google Tech Talks (video)

    Awards & Honors

  • A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Travel Book of 2013

  • A National Geographic Best Travel Book of Spring 2013

  • One of Married with Luggage's Forty Books to Inspire your Dreams

  • Winner, IndieReader Discovery Award in the Travel category

  • Finalist, Next Gen. Indie Book Award, Multicultural Non-fiction

    Articles by Pamela

  • An Arrest on the West Bank

  • The Ramallah I Remembered
            Stanford Magazine

  • From Self-Published to Published: A Highlight Reel

  • Nationwide Book Tour: A Peek Inside the Sausage

  • Book Tour USA: Week One

  • Book Tour Report

  • Faith, Marriage, and Scrabble
            Love, Inshallah

  • Finding Peace in Palestine
            Writing for Peace

  • Book Review: The Hour of Sunlight

  • Book Review: The Almond Tree

  • On 'Cycles of Violence'

  • What Statehood Bid?

  • Reasons for Hope

  • My Ten Favorite Blog Posts
            Fast Times in Palestine


  • Full list of excerpts in the Table of Contents

  • The Dancing Cop at Al Manara

  • A West Bank Story

  • Excerpt: Fast Times in Palestine
            The Cultureist

  • New Year's in a Garden on the Moon
            This Week in Palestine

  • Deep in Enemy Territory
            Palestine Chronicle

  • "Harrowing, funny, vivid, entertaining and deeply humane, Fast Times in Palestine opens a rare window onto Palestinian life. It’s impossible not to be moved on nearly every page."
      Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree
    "I realize that without knowing it, I have long waited for this book, although I could not have imagined its lyric magic in advance of reading."
      Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton (full review)
    "What makes her story so compelling is that she tells it in an honest and straightforward way, not by relying on hot rhetoric. For anyone who wants to learn the truth about life under Israeli occupation, this book is a superb starting point."
      Prof. John J. Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby
    "More than a travelogue or a polemic, the book is a coming-of-age story, as Olson discovers her voice by directly confronting the challenges of living in a state of institutionalized paradox... Engaging and easy to read, this is a fascinating memoir." "The strength of the narrative lies in Olson's investigation of the personal and mental effects of oppression and war on herself and her newfound friends, 'the atmosphere of mute shock expressed only in sidelong glances… of knowing something few people knew, and of genuine connection and collective struggle…' An empathetic, intriguing memoir."

    "A moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that's enormously informative yet reads like a novel."

    "Pamela Olson leads the reader on an exciting, funny, at times heart-wrenching journey, carefully deciphering complex political and historical issues. Olson is a talented writer, intelligent and exceptional in her ability to convey both tragedy and hope, remaining morally grounded and refreshingly honest."

    "As an Israeli whose life was shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I found Fast Times in Palestine moving and refreshing. Pamela Olson comes to the Middle East with a blank slate and is therefore able to hold up an undistorted mirror to the reality she encounters."

    "Pamela Olson operates in a great tradition of American explorers, from Martha Gellhorn to Susan Meiselas to Rachel Corrie — open-minded women who have thrown off a lot of tired received wisdom about a fearful part of the world in order to see it for themselves, then brought that understanding back to their own culture. This book is a triumph of sympathy and observation."

    "Fast Times in Palestine will open your eyes to the human story inside the political drama. Mixing humor, memoir, political intrigue, romance, and sociological commentary, Olson’s heartfelt work will change how you understand the Middle East."

      Patricia Ryan Madson, Professor Emerita of Stanford University and author of Improv Wisdom

    "It's love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson... takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah — and in doing so lays bare the human drama of a people... determined to live free."

      Tony Karon, Senior Editor, TIME

    "In a field overcrowded with arcane academic texts and strident polemics, Pamela Olson has broken through with a refreshing read that packs gritty journalism into a fast-paced, intimate personal narrative."

    "Part adventure story, part searing reportage, part love story, and wholly absorbing... If you want to know what everyday life is like for the Palestinian people, go to Palestine; if you can’t, read this book."

      Dr. Kenneth Ring, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Connecticut, and co-author of Letters from Palestine

    "Olson does not merely report on the world of others; she steps into their shoes and sees the world through their eyes. Fast Times in Palestine is a heroic and touching journey to self-awareness that will awaken the reader to a more humane perspective on the Arab world."

    "Olson's masterful storytelling, imagery, and wit take the reader on a transformative journey through Palestine."


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    Copyright 2012, Pamela J. Olson

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