How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less. Sarah Glidden. Clem Robins (letters). DC/Vertigo. Full Color, Hardcover, 208 pages. $24.99.
Godless heathen that I am, Sarah Glidden’s How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less appealed greatly, because despite being an aforementioned godless heathen, I definitely WANT to understand Israel, and I think as an atheist I’m sometimes at an even bigger disadvantage than those that have a better understanding and perhaps relation to or with religion and the conflicts that sometimes come with it. Not only that, but as someone with no real knowledge of her genealogy beyond “we come from a people that burn easily in the sun and are not meant to be out in it” I don’t know much about where/who/what I come from. My mother is adopted and so we know little from her side of the family, and my father (an only child), whether out of sensitivity and solidarity with my mother, or just plain old lack of interest, has never showed much interest in tracking down his family tree either – as such, I have no ties to anything remotely resembling a homeland. Definitely there is nobody likely to pay for me to go on a birthright tour should I find a homeland interested in having me. Regardless I find myself very interested in Glidden’s search for self and a more definitive truth as explored in her book.