The Book of Exodus

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A double rescue in wartime Sarajevo. By Geraldine Brooks When the Axis powers conquered and divided Yugoslavia, in the spring of 1941, Sarajevo did not fare well. The city cradled by mountains that Rebecca West once described as like “an opening flower” suddenly found itself absorbed into the Nazi puppet state of Croatia, its tolerant, […]

$100 and a Dream

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How to turn a modest gift into a dynamic little nonprofit, 28 scholarships, dozens of changed lives, and counting… The letter from Texas had taken a couple of months to find its way to my desk in Cairo. Inside was a $100 bill and a brief note. Every so often in journalism, something you write […]

The Writing Life

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The bookshelves of my Australian childhood were garrisoned by foreign troops, filled with stories by faraway English people who wrote of things I couldn’t see or touch or know: A.A. Milne, Enid Blyton, C.S. Lewis; The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, The Snow Goose. These were good books, but they came between me […]