"Beirut, I Love You" is a memoir by Zena El Khalil, a young woman who has fallen under the spell of a city that threatens to engulf her in war, grief and love affairs.

In the streets, armed militias carve out their territories, while ragged construction workers rebuild the city. Refugees sleep five to a bed as bleach-blondes wend their way to the next drug-fueled super nightclub. At any moment, the bombs will start falling. Meanwhile, Zena and her best friend, Maya, must try to make sense of their lives amidst the craziness, and negotiate the city's many obsessions including cosmetic surgery, husband-hunting and Kalashnikovs.

As honest as it is forgiving, this artist's memoir pits love and art against the ever-present threat of war.

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Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir

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