The Wandering Palestinian
The Wandering Palestinian starts in 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon, where at age twenty-nine, Ameri, a free spirited urban middle class professional woman, met and fell in love with a US citizen, and followed him to Detroit. Without speaking English, knowing how to drive, or having a permit to work, and without family or friends, life in Detroit, a city still marked by the scars of the 1967 rebellion, was rather difficult. Ameri felt uprooted and isolated as well as stripped of her identity and independence. 

Armed with resilience and determination, the author found comfort in becoming involved with the Detroit’s large and politically active Arab American community. An involvement that helped her break away from her isolation, resume her activism, and pave the way for her to become a recognized and respected leader in her community. 

The vignettes of The Wandering Palestinian are both humorous and poignant. With a keen eye of a trained sociologist, the book gives an insight into the Arab American communities struggles, hopes, and aspirations to find their rightful place in the American mosaic. These are also personal stories of love and a failed marriage, struggle with depression and therapy, as well as activism that took the Ameri to live in Washington DC, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Jerusalem. Then back to Detroit to be with her newly found love, and a new career that led her to play a pivotal role in the creation of the Arab American National Museum in 2005.
The Wandering Palestinian by Anan Ameri
Anan Ameri
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-64397-130-8
Softcover:   978-1-64397-131-5
Ebook:         978-1-64397-132-2
LCCN: 2020933941

Page Count: 264 (est)
Release Date: 11/19/2020
Nonfiction / Biography / Memoir
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“Anan Ameri’s memoir is a valuable contribution to narratives of community organizing and grassroots activism especially on the question of Palestine. Weaving between heartbreak and personal and political triumph, her story sheds light on important solidarity work and organization building in the US. 
— Dr. Sarah Gualtieri
Author of Arab Routes: Pathways to Syrian California
“…a riveting, 40 year-long journey through the streets of several American cities recounting tales, both humorous and heartbreaking, that illustrate the acculturation of an idealistic but restless Palestinian woman into American life. Ameri’s writing is crisp and smooth, and I was hooked immediately. I couldn’t put it down. 
— Diana Abouali, PhD.
Director of the Arab American National Museum
“This is a gem in the archives of Arab America. 
— Evelyn Alsultany, Associate Professor,
American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
“…a beautifully written book… This book is a joy to read. 
— Louise Cainkar, Scholar of Arab Americans and Professor,
Marquette University
“…a masterful book capturing the intimate ways one woman's immigration story can contribute to the transformation of U.S. society at large …a must-read for anyone interested in immigration, feminism, activism, or Arab Americans. 
— Nadine Naber, Professor, University of Illinois
and author, Arab America 
“…Ameri tells captivating tales of youth, love, migration and the joys of struggling for dignity and justice. …an Arab American saga, an enchanting web of stories. 
— Khaled Mattawa
Poet, writer, and a creative writing professor, University of Michigan
“Like beautiful Middle Eastern tapestry she presents a personal narrative of immigration and activism woven into a story of institution building. Reading Anan Ameri's memoir one will be reminded that at the center of the fight for peace is the search for love. 
— E. Ethelbert Miller
Literary activist and writer