The Map of Salt and Stars

The Map of Salt and Stars

This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart?a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker?places today?s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and ag This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two gi...

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Title:The Map of Salt and Stars
Author:Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Map of Salt and Stars
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:361 pages pages

The Map of Salt and Stars Reviews

  • Krissy
    May 25, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

  • Chris
    Oct 23, 2017

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

  • Inderjit Sanghera
    May 20, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

  • Marialyce
    May 31, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

  • Maxwell
    Jun 01, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

  • Skip
    Jun 10, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

  • Jade
    Apr 29, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

  • Emer
    Apr 16, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

  • Angela M
    May 15, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

  • RoseMary Achey
    Feb 06, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

  • Tania
    May 19, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

  • Megan C.
    May 15, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

  • KC
    Mar 19, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

  • Petra
    May 07, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

  • Touchstone Books
    Jan 23, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

  • Stuart Rodriguez
    Mar 14, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

    This is a difficult book for me to review because there were parts that I absolutely loved but at times I was put off but can?t explain why. The prose of this book is beautiful yet some times I felt there was too much description. The author tells us two, somewhat parallel stories of...

    4.5 A gorgeous cover for a gorgeous book. Nour, the main character, is twelve and has recently lost her father. Her and her family - mother, two older sisters - move back to Syria to try and restart their life after their loss. When a shell demolishes their house they must travel to...

    Nour, a twelve year old girl with a synesthesia that translates words and sounds into color is dealing with many changes. Her life is changing in ways unexpected, with her father?s death her mother, a cartographer who?s hand colored maps are things of unique beauty, decides that sh...

    I really can't describe how I feel now I've finished this book ... I'm bereft. The parallel journey taken by Nour and Rawiya is breathtaking, heartbreaking, uplifting and inspiring. I just loved the way the two stories mingled and that is all down to Joukhadar's exquisite writing. He...

    Good lord?this is an incredible novel. ARC reviewed for Bookshop Santa Cruz?s spring/summer newsletter. This deeply moving and gorgeously written novel follows the intertwining stories of two young women: in 2011, Nour is a Syrian-American girl whose family becomes refugees as t...

  • Jennie Shaw
    Apr 29, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

  • Lynn
    Jan 30, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

  • Gaele
    May 02, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

    This is a difficult book for me to review because there were parts that I absolutely loved but at times I was put off but can?t explain why. The prose of this book is beautiful yet some times I felt there was too much description. The author tells us two, somewhat parallel stories of...

    4.5 A gorgeous cover for a gorgeous book. Nour, the main character, is twelve and has recently lost her father. Her and her family - mother, two older sisters - move back to Syria to try and restart their life after their loss. When a shell demolishes their house they must travel to...

    Nour, a twelve year old girl with a synesthesia that translates words and sounds into color is dealing with many changes. Her life is changing in ways unexpected, with her father?s death her mother, a cartographer who?s hand colored maps are things of unique beauty, decides that sh...

  • Judi Ross
    May 06, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

    This is a difficult book for me to review because there were parts that I absolutely loved but at times I was put off but can?t explain why. The prose of this book is beautiful yet some times I felt there was too much description. The author tells us two, somewhat parallel stories of...

  • Faith
    May 13, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

  • Erin
    May 03, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

  • Janelle
    May 16, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

  • Stephanie
    May 07, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

  • Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
    May 14, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    May 06, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

  • Kayla Ramoutar
    May 07, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

    This is a difficult book for me to review because there were parts that I absolutely loved but at times I was put off but can?t explain why. The prose of this book is beautiful yet some times I felt there was too much description. The author tells us two, somewhat parallel stories of...

    4.5 A gorgeous cover for a gorgeous book. Nour, the main character, is twelve and has recently lost her father. Her and her family - mother, two older sisters - move back to Syria to try and restart their life after their loss. When a shell demolishes their house they must travel to...

  • Hannah Greendale
    May 14, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

  • Helen
    May 23, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

    This is a difficult book for me to review because there were parts that I absolutely loved but at times I was put off but can?t explain why. The prose of this book is beautiful yet some times I felt there was too much description. The author tells us two, somewhat parallel stories of...

    4.5 A gorgeous cover for a gorgeous book. Nour, the main character, is twelve and has recently lost her father. Her and her family - mother, two older sisters - move back to Syria to try and restart their life after their loss. When a shell demolishes their house they must travel to...

    Nour, a twelve year old girl with a synesthesia that translates words and sounds into color is dealing with many changes. Her life is changing in ways unexpected, with her father?s death her mother, a cartographer who?s hand colored maps are things of unique beauty, decides that sh...

    I really can't describe how I feel now I've finished this book ... I'm bereft. The parallel journey taken by Nour and Rawiya is breathtaking, heartbreaking, uplifting and inspiring. I just loved the way the two stories mingled and that is all down to Joukhadar's exquisite writing. He...

  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    May 24, 2018

    There have been quite a few novels written over the last several years about the refugee experience, mostly how they are trying to manage their new lives in the US. This book was somewhat different with a family moving back to Syria in 2011 after the father dies. This proved to be th...

    4 colorful and descriptive stars to The Map of Salt and Stars! ? ? ? ? The Syrian civil war and refugee crisis stay in the forefront of my mind most days. I am heartbroken. I am deeply worried. I am listening. The Map of Salt and Stars had me intrigued since I first lea...

    For the first time in years, I think of something Mama told me when I was little: that when you make a map, you don?t just paint the world the way it is. You paint your own. Joukhadar alternates between the legendary tale of a girl battling mythological beasts across windswept dune...

    Happy book birthday to this wonderful book!!! You know that wonderful feeling when you read the last page of a truly great story and then you clutch the book to your chest as if to hug the world within those pages? That's how I'm feeling right now. I loved this book. It was so simpl...

    3.5 heartwarming stars Full Disclosure, I chose this book based on its stunning cover, its eye-catching title, and the fact that the synopsis drops in the comparison to The Kite Runner . Set against the backdrop of the unrest in Syria and coupled with a 12th century romance adventu...

    A wonderful and heartbreaking story that follows a refugee family in 2011 and an explorer in the 1200s, showing how their lives parallel one another and intertwine across time and space. The motif of the maps and colors were a lovely touch. This was a pretty impressive debut novel, wit...

    ?E. M. Forster taught us that ?fiction is truer than history than history because it goes beyond the evidence.? Jennifer Zeynab Maccani?s magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We?ve all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative stor...

    I am going to admit I had a hard time staying with this book. It was one of the cases where I would read a chapter put the book down to return later. It was not that the writing was poor. Point in fact the writing was amazing, but the story line just could not seem to pull me into that...

    It would be impossible to overstate how proud we are to be publishing this gorgeous and important novel. Nour's voice will capture your heart and linger in your mind long after you read the final page. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is not only immensely talented, but has a story that needs...

    This book didn't work for me, but the things I disliked about it probably wouldn't bother a lot of people. I usually have a problem with dual timeline stories because one is generally more compelling than the other. That leaves me liking only half, at most, of a book. In this case, I j...

    The narrator?s synesthesia suffuses the narrative with a harlequin array of colours; from the purple-hued breath of individuals she comes across to the glittering reflections of sunlight on cerulean sea, ?The Map of Salt and Stars? is a novel whose colouration reflects the world-...

    ?The Syria I knew is in me somewhere. And I guess it?s in you too, in its own way.? This book is really beautifully written and I found myself getting emotional a few times while reading. I really appreciate that the writer didn't go into the politics of the situation in Syria...

    Many thanks to Touchstone Books for my free copy of MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar - all opinions are my own. This is a gorgeously written, heartbreaking, and inspiring story. It?s written with a unique perspective, not of a refugee figuring out life in America...

    The salt breeze pours black water into me. It sinks deep, into a place I can't name, a place I can't chart. 3.5 stars. Exquisite writing. I can't remember when last I read such beautiful descriptions. The author definitely has a way with words. She created such vivid, colourful images...

    This is such a lovely, important book. And it?s quite different from my usual reads. It?s not YA, for example (although I can confidently say that there are many aspects that could appeal to a YA audience, so kudos on the crossover appeal), and feels like a memoir even though i...

    This novel follows the story lines of two young girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour, raised in present day New York, moves back to Syria with her mother and two sisters, after the death of her father. However, their home in the city of Hom is bombed and they are forced to flee their home as r...

    I really struggled with this one. It just didn't click with me. Too slow. ...

    A sweeping look at the Muslim world from Syria around the Mediterranean to Algeria. Two harrowing journeys: In one, a group of mapmakers mount camels to plot the geography of the known world, battling warlords, kings and the fantastic mythical beast Roc; 800 years later, a mother, who ...

    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing me a copy of this novel for review. GO GET THIS BOOK NOW. I don't often say that. But I am saying it now, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I was so nervous to read this one - it was my most anticipated book this summer and I wa...

    This debut novel takes readers on two journeys some 800 years apart. It is 2011 and after the death of her father, 12 yr old Nour and her family travel from NYC back to Syria to be closer to family. Her mother, a cartographer, hopes that the move will be comforting to them all, but soo...

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review! This novel follows the story lines of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour grew up in present day New York, but after the death of her father her family returned to Syria. Before long, they must flee their home as refugees. Eight hun...

    You cannot read this book without gaining a new respect for Syrian Refugees. In this richly drawn story a contempoary Syrian family is torn apart after their home is destroyed. As the family attempts to escape the violence and leave Syria the reader is given an intimate window to the e...

    Oh my gosh this book is absolutely beautiful!! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar?s writing is lyrical, music, a canvas that she paints in such vivid colors as you read. The Map of Salt and Stars is the story of two stories in parallel, 800 years apart. Nour, a 12 year old Syrian-American,...

    THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is a magnificent blend of fiction and fable. I won't lie; it's a challenging read from an emotional standpoint. I had to put it down after certain chapters because I was too upset to continue. I feel like my heart was cracked open and then patched together in ...

    This is a difficult book for me to review because there were parts that I absolutely loved but at times I was put off but can?t explain why. The prose of this book is beautiful yet some times I felt there was too much description. The author tells us two, somewhat parallel stories of...

    4.5 A gorgeous cover for a gorgeous book. Nour, the main character, is twelve and has recently lost her father. Her and her family - mother, two older sisters - move back to Syria to try and restart their life after their loss. When a shell demolishes their house they must travel to...

    Nour, a twelve year old girl with a synesthesia that translates words and sounds into color is dealing with many changes. Her life is changing in ways unexpected, with her father?s death her mother, a cartographer who?s hand colored maps are things of unique beauty, decides that sh...

    I really can't describe how I feel now I've finished this book ... I'm bereft. The parallel journey taken by Nour and Rawiya is breathtaking, heartbreaking, uplifting and inspiring. I just loved the way the two stories mingled and that is all down to Joukhadar's exquisite writing. He...

    Good lord?this is an incredible novel. ARC reviewed for Bookshop Santa Cruz?s spring/summer newsletter. This deeply moving and gorgeously written novel follows the intertwining stories of two young women: in 2011, Nour is a Syrian-American girl whose family becomes refugees as t...

    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts! I received a copy of The Map of Salt and Stars from Netgalley. The cover caught my eye, and the premise sold the book to me. I find maps to be very intriguing objects, and I think there is much subjectivity in the...