Author(s): Suad Amiry
A tomboy at heart, driven by adventure and a desire to understand what her less privileged compatriots go through, architect and university professor Suad Amiry disguises herself as a man and crosses the Israeli border illegally to seek work in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva. The 18-hour journey that she braves with Murad and his brother Mohammed starts with a bumpy late night ride in a bus crammed with other illegal workers - all men - whose endless stories are both horrifying and amusing. "Nothing to Lose But Your Life" is a vivid account of a grueling journey but also a lamentation for lost land and for simpler, more peaceful times.
Architect and writer Suad Amiry lives in Ramallah where she is director of the Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation. Amiry was awarded the Italian Viareggio-Versilia Prize for Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries in 2004.