Today in class, we explored how Naomi Shihab Nye's biography connects to the life of Liyana in our novel HABIBI. Often, authors use the experiences of their own lives to influence the ways their characters act and what they face. Some of an author's most challenging experiences can actually become powerful prose. A remarkable author named John Gardner once said, "Art begins with a wound." This may mean that sometimes our deepest pain can create a powerful story or other work of art.
This weekend, ad in HABIBI from page 59 through 79. After reading, share your ideas about this query: Nye writes, "Liyana thought she'd try living with blank walls for a month or two. It was just an experiment," (66). In St. Louis, Liyana's walls were covered with materials, but now in Palestine, Liyana leaves them blank. Why do you think she chooses to leave them blank--and what might this symbolize? Secondly, what do your walls look like, and what might this say about you?
Our word for the day was MOROSE, which means heavy and gloomy, as in this example: No matter how happy we may try to be, because we are all human, we all sometimes feel morose.
Have an amazing weekend!