Qesher Book Club: "Stranger in the Desert - A Family Story"

Tuesday, March 12

Please note that the times (in the US) are different from our usual schedule!

USA 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 60 minutes

About this talk

Inspired by family lore, a young writer embarks on an epic quest through the Argentine Andes in search of a heritage spanning hemispheres and centuries, from the Jewish Levant to turn-of-the-century trade routes in South America.

Combining travelog, history, memoir, and reportage, Stranger in the Desert transports readers from the lonely plains of Patagonia to the breathtaking altiplano of the high Andes; from the old Jewish quarter of Damascus to today's vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It is also a fervent journey of self-discovery as Jordan Salama grapples with his own Jewish, Arab, and Latin American identities, interrogating the stories families tell themselves, and to what end.

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About the Author

Jordan Salama is a writer focusing on culture and the environment in the Americas. He is the author of Every Day the River Changes, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book. of the Year.

His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, All Things Considered (NPR) and other publications. In 2022, he was on the staff of National Geographic, where he wrote digital and print stories and served as a guest host for the flagship podcast Overheard at Nat Geo

An American writer of Argentine, Syrian, and Iraqi Jewish descent, Salama graduated from Princeton University in 2019. He has been based, in recent years, between New York and Buenos Aires. Follow him on Instagram @/jordansalama19.