Book Give Away VIII


Michelle Cohen CorasantiThis month’s Book Give Away is sponsored by author Michelle Corasanti. She is giving away 5 copies of her highly acclaimed book book The Almond Tree. I had highly recommended this book in my review of the book.

All you have to do is creatively answer this question:

What is the most inspiring book you have read so far and what was most inspiring part of the book?

About the Book

Ichmad’s story is a big-hearted story of a small Palestinian boy who learns to survive in a brutal environment and doesn’t simply endure, but emerges from the fire with the wisdom gleaned from the example of a father who has taught him that all men have value, even their enemies. A tale of innocence moving through a vicious world, compassion learned against an environment of daily horrors, and wisdom forged through a boy’s journey through a life we would never wish upon our own children.

The book’s universal message of resilience, hope and forgiveness will hit home with anyone who has faced adversity. Cohen Corasanti’s novel brings humanity and clarity to the Arab-Israeli conflict, exploring themes of redemption, family sacrifice and the benefits of education and tolerance. Her personal experience of living in Israel for seven years and her undergraduate degree from the Hebrew University and her MA from Harvard, both in Middle Eastern studies, gave her the perspective, insight and ability to craft this story.

Author is using an innovative way to promote the book by having someone role play the protagonist and you can actually meet and speak to him.

About the Author

Michelle Cohen Corasanti has a BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MA from Harvard University, both in Middle Eastern Studies. She also holds a law degree. A Jewish American, she has lived in France, Spain, Egypt, and England, and spent seven years living in Israel. She currently lives in New York with her family. The Almond Tree is her first novel.


Books can be shipped only on South Asian Addresses.
You must provide your complete shipping address with phone number within 7 days of the announcement of results. Results will be announced after 15th of the following month.

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Update 18-Nov-2013

Congratulations to the Winners of this Give Away:

1. Jatin

2. Venkatesh

3. Mithun

4. Divenita

5. Raghav

Please inbox your addresses to [email protected]

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  1. The most Inspiring book that read so far is “Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe” by George Eliot. The book is about Marner who loses everything and leaves the place and lives his seclude life in different place. His money is stolen during Christmas time and finds a baby, which changes the life there after. Its inspiring in a way as personally the book changes my outlook entirely of kids, now working with kids for more than 15 years do I need to say more….

  2. The most inspiring book I have read so far is the autobiography of a legend, Nelson Mandela. The book is titled: Long Walk to Freedom.
    The story details his struggle against apartheid in South Africa, finally leading to Freedom, also describing his 27 years in prison. The book enlists several small instances which make one very sad, disheartened and angry. His continued struggled despite all odds is highly commendable and inspiring.
    Having had his house burnt, losing invaluable family records and photos and being treated like dogs brings one to tears. In one of the incident, Nelson Mnadela describes that on having a white client walked in on a secretary taking dictation from Nelson Mandela at a law firm, the secretary got embarrassed, gave sixpence to him, and told him to go get the shampoo to cover up. While practicing law in a court, the white felon used to not reply directly to the questions asked by a black lawyer, the judge used to re-ask for him.
    The most inspiring part would be his actions, behavior and attitude at the Robben Island where he was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years, where they were deprived of even smallest moments of relaxation like whistling/singing while working and where mails, letters and newspapers came and went in tatters, thanks to censoring. He occupied himself in exercising and gardening, reading a lot to keep himself motivated and updated was an inspiring factor for other prisoners and also contributed to the struggle for freedom from inside the jail.
    ‘Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished’ – Nelson Mandela
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  3. I cannot really think of a book/movie which inspired me so much that it brought change to my life… That does not mean I don’t enjoy reading books…

    That said, “The Immortals of Meluha” by Amish Tripathi was one of the inspiring books I read… Fiction and inspiring!!?? Well, I understand your confusion. But I think what moves me most is the ability of humans to imagine beyond what they have seen or heard off. The idea of a Tibetan tribal leader who has hardly seen the world other than his own village comes to the rescue of millions. That single thought, that something of this magnitude can happen inspires me.

  4. The most inspiring book I have ever read is THE BHAGVAD GITA. the way Lord Krishna answers all the queries of Arjuna which are actually the every day dilemmas of each of us is so impressive and awe-inspiring.
    It is a religious book but it is not about Hinduism or Hindu practices it is about how to lead a good life, how to make sense of this world and how to be meaningful in the scheme of things.

  5. Tuesday’s with Morrie … It took me a good skx months to get past the first chapter, but thence books principle hit me. If anything, the book is about living life till your last breath. It’s about leaving a legacy not by being the richest or most popular or famous, but by subtly leaving an impression on everyday peopl that you encounter, so much so, that they don’t even realize how great an influence you were in their life till you are gone.

  6. There are a couple of inspiring books I liked and read but only one book which inspired me to take action.

    Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma

    I never believed in self help books until I came across this book. It has a lot of exercises which helps you go back and forth a couple of life-changing incidents. I got hold of this book after I watched Dasvidaniyan (a hindi movie) hence adding special effects to my understanding. One of the exercises which I clearly remember is to list down names of ten people apart your family or relatives who made an impact in your life. I actually ended written about 20 or more names and I did thank them by e-mailing or speaking over the phone.

    This is an activity which i continue till date and urge everyone to spare some time to do so.

  7. The most inspiring book I have ever read is A search in secret India penned by Paul brunton.The book is a living example of how a man is guided by his inner search from the materialistic west to the inner horizons of Aruanachala in India.The greatest yogi Raman maharishi guides him to penetrate the depths of soul and experience the inner bliss.The author also comes across people who could develop extraordinary powers through different spiritual, scientific practices.The book is a journey,at every point it reveals the wisdom the ancient rishis used to possess.

  8. For me, it has to be The English Patient. While people may argue that fiction is often uninspiring, this book works on multiple levels. While the protagonist Almasy shows the incredible resilience of the human spirit, the nurse is an embodiment of kindness that is often considered extinct today. Every character and even the setting (WW2) is steeped in character. If a woman playing piano in a bomb-riddled villa surrounded by live mines in once-scenic-now-war-torn Italy, while she is taking a break from attending a patient wounded beyond recognition doesn’t inspire, then I truly don’t know what will. Perhaps my command over expression cannot possibly do justice to the book. A strong recommendation to everyone who reads this comment.


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