'Finding Nouf,' Planting Roots

'Finding Nouf,' Planting Roots

leslie
Jun 18, 2008

Having lived in Saudi Arabia, Italy, Los Angeles, Manhattan, and Kentucky, author Zoe Ferraris now lives in rented former major's quarters in the Presidio. It's a far cry from Jeddah, the humid, 120-degree city in the mideast where "her Saudi-Palestinian Bedouin husband's family would give their things away, as if they were ashamed to be fortunate enough to own them." We love her definition of home...

Susan Fornoff writes in today's Chron, "Though she somewhat resents the bedouin purges that took a car and a washing machine, and she treasures her Bedouin teapots, her grandmother's Shakespeare, her Om Kolthoum cassettes, things do not define her home... 'I used to define home as wherever my family was - when you grow up nomadic, family is pretty much the only constant,' she said. 'But like a lot of families, mine is now spread out. ... So at some point home became the place where I have the most history, the most friends. San Francisco is that place.'"

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