Book: Politically Homeless - A Five-year Odyssey across Three Continents by Mary Terziancategories: Book, Personal Development, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Travels in Africa, Women's Issues, Inspirational, Aspiring for Education, African Travels, Soviet Union, Lome, Togo, Raised in Cairo, Expat Assignment, Immigrant, Memoir
Mary Terzianabout this book: This multicultural nonfiction memoir is a young woman's story, born to immigrant parents in Cairo, who is willing to withstand hardships and cross unchartered territory in order to acquire higher education. She does not hesitate to venture beyond her comfort zone, ignoring outdated traditions and kicking roadblocks in order to achieve her dream. The book teaches tenacity, purpose and sometimes sheer duress to convert compelling circumstances into opportunities.
Life is not always served on a platter of roses. The book's primary purpose is to encourage youth to chisel the world they want to live in. The author was compelled to write this story, after extensive research, to represent the status quo in the 1960's, and the endurance it took to overcome hardships during the journey from Cairo to New York, as the cover represents.
Book summary: Politically Homeless - an Odyssey across Three Continents, is the story of Mary Terzian's adventurous and itinerant life, from Cairo to New York. It follows her award-winning first-book, The Immigrants' Daughter, a private battle to earn the right to self-actualization, about growing up in Egypt. Both books are posted at digital stores and are available in paperback from regular bookstores, through Ingram.
Author's notes: In retrospect I realized how adamant I was in my pursuit of higher education for valid reasons. I left home unmarried to live alone, a major taboo in a conservative community; accepted assignment in a foreign war-torn country, crossed the iron curtain when it was inaccessible, and traveled through African countries at the peak of their struggles for independence. I also found a niche to fit in. Had I stayed home I would have turned into an embittered old maid. The books were a catharsis for me. Higher education increased my self-confidence. I became a vibrant member of society.
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