12 Jan 2017 Taylor Prize shortlist

"Pumpkinflowers" has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 2017 Taylor Prize for Canadian non-fiction. The five are: Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War by Matti Friedman Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy This Is Not My Life: A...

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26 Dec Mother Jones: 20 Notable Reads of 2016

Mother Jones includes "Pumpkinflowers" on its year-end list of 20 recommended books, describing it like this: "This is a 21st-century war story, with all of the IEDs, propaganda videos, jihadi groups we're accustomed to—but one told in the restrained, introspective style of the World War I writers...

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16 Dec 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...

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16 Dec 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...

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18 Nov 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...

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14 Oct 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...

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14 Oct 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...

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