Amy E. Robertson
Reader, writer, globetrotter. Seattle native who has lived in six countries (current home: New York). Food obsessed. Bylines in NPR, Wall Street Journal, Vice MUNCHIES, Budget Travel and more.
PTSD After 9/11: An Interview with Helaina Hovitz
Those who lived through September 11th, 2001, all remember exactly how the day unfolded. Journalist Helaina Hovitz was a 12-year-old girl in school two blocks from the World Trade Center. She talks to Bookwitty about her book, After 9/11.
Daring to Disturb the Universe: Madeleine L’Engle
Understanding Charlottesville: Race, Religion and the KKK
Hate speeches and attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, shocked people world-wide. But marginalization of and discrimination against people of different colors and faiths have roots that stretch back to the United States' founding. Here are a few suggestions for books that will take you closer to today’s reality, by looking deeper into the past.
Secrets of Sicily: Tell No One About These Books
Sicily’s history left behind a culture that is rich and complex, and perhaps impossible for someone non-Sicilian to fully understand. These books can help, each giving glorious glimpses of Sicilian life behind closed doors.
Living the Expat Life
"As diverse as we expats are, we are also a tribe. We share the experience of straddling places and cultures, and our adventurous spirits are tinged with nostalgia, because no matter where we are, we have left bits and pieces of our heart in other places. We become jacks of many cultures, masters of none. We may return to the same place, but like the proverbial river the waters have changed, and we can never be the same person in the same place again." Amy E. Robertson is on the move again, from Beirut to New York. More to follow
Lebanon in Literature: 10 Books to Unravel the Mystery
Lebanon is a complicated place to get one's head around. In less than 10,000 square kilometers there are four million people, one million Syrian refugees, eighteen officially recognized religions, and one heck of a political system. Here's a reading list of 10 books to help you figure it all out
Rebels with a Cause: 8 Books to Inspire Young Adults, Part II
Eight books and two websites to help teens and young adults find and fight for the changes they believe in. Get informed and take action!
The Human Experience: 8 Books to Inspire Young Adults, Part I
These eight books for Young Adults examine injustice in the world today and challenge social norms—not by preaching, but by personalizing.
My Summer Reading List (no "beach reads" here)
A literary list for summer reading. International and YA-heavy.