Booklist Editors’ Choice

Booklist has chosen "Pumpkinflowers" for its 2016 Editors' Choice list. The editors write: "Friedman’s compelling narrative of what he learned by serving in the late 1990s as an Israeli soldier assigned to a vulnerable hilltop fortress in Lebanon, called the Pumpkin, is freighted with explosive geopolitical...

National Post Top 99 of 2016

Canada's National Post has chosen "Pumpkinflowers" as one of the top 99 books of 2016. The editors write: "Friedman recounts a small group of soldiers’ defence of a single hill in Lebanon as a microcosm for regional conflict and many asymmetrical conflicts worldwide. Friedman, one of those young...

Globe and Mail Top 100

"Pumpkinflowers" is one of The Globe and Mail's top 100 books of the year. The full list is right here....

New York Times Notable Book

The New York Times just published its annual list of the 100 notable books of the year. "Pumpkinflowers" is one of them. Check out the full list here....

Amazon’s Top 10 of 2016

Amazon's editorial team has chosen "Pumpkinflowers" as one of the ten best books of 2016. The list: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: A brilliant, wise, fantastical yet grounded portrayal of a young slave seeking her freedom on a real underground railroad. The Wolf Road by Beth...

Houston, Nov. 3-4, 2016

On Nov. 3 (7:30 p.m.) I'll be speaking in Houston as part of the Book & Arts Fair at the Evelyn Rubinstein JCC. Details here. On Nov. 4 (12 noon) I'll be speaking at Rice University. Details here.  ...

Writers’ Trust Weston Prize shortlist

The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced that Pumpkinflowers is one of five finalists for this year's Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction. The winner of the prize, considered the “richest annual literary award” for a nonfiction book by a Canadian author, will be announced at a ceremony in...

PJ Media review, Sept. 2016

The 'New Middle East' That Never Was P. David Hornik Matti Friedman, a journalist and writer who moved from Canada to Israel in his late teens in the late 1990s, has written a powerful little book, Pumpkinflowers, that takes you deep into Israeli and Middle Eastern reality. The...

JRB review, Fall 2016

A Cedar of Lebanon Jewish Review of Books, Fall 2016 Amy Newman Smith Matti Friedman came home from Outpost Pumpkin, where he was based during his tour of duty in Lebanon, not long before Israel made the decision to withdraw from the “security zone.” “When the army pulled...

“The Best Book About the Iraq War Isn’t About the Iraq War”

Douglas Ollivant, a retired US Army officer who served two tours in Iraq, and a former National Security Council Director and Senior Advisor in Afghanistan, wrote this review for War on the Rocks  (June 30, 2016): Iraq veterans finally have their book; a manuscript that really deals...