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Memoir on Life in Iraq by Farnaz Fassihi of 'WSJ' Arrives in September

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Memoir on Life in Iraq by Farnaz Fassihi of 'WSJ' Arrives in September

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Farnaz Fassihi, whose frank e-mail on horrific conditions in Iraq in September 2004 caused a media sensation, has penned a memoir to be published in September by Public Affairs. It is titled, "Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq."

Fassihi is now deputy bureau chief of the Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal, and is based in Lebanon.

After working for the Star-Ledger in Newark and the Providence Journal, Fassihi joined the Journal in 2003 and was soon sent to Iraq.

In the foreword for the book (an advance "reading copy" was sent to E&P), Fassihi revisits that famous e-mail, recalling that after it was passed around the globe via email, blog postings and Web reprints, it even showed up as the subject of a Doonesbury cartoon. She reflects that because she was writing friends, "I spoke freely, without the restraints of daily journalist that obliged me to be distant and objective," and this moved readers the way her newspaper pieces rarely did. …

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