Friday, April 09, 2010

Author shares true story of Middle East experiences

April 8, 2010 – An American woman follows her heart to a new life in the Middle East, embracing the culture and the people, only to end up fleeing the region to escape the man who brought her there. Area native Nancy Wall shares her harrowing story when she visits the Oshkosh Public Library on April 14 for an author talk and book signing at 7 p.m.

Wall will discuss her book, Pulled by the Heart: A woman’s real-life story of living and escaping the Middle East. A Valley native who today splits her time between Neenah and Chicago, Wall spent 10 years in the Middle East, starting in Lebanon and later moving to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi on the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. She became a Muslim to marry her Syrian husband, embracing the culture of the local people and quickly learning the language.

The book is an insider’s account – more personal and descriptive of everyday life than a basic travelogue. Life was no fairy tale amid Beruit’s bloody civil war and later, the sand dunes, camels and riches of the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. But Wall thrived in the land of nomads and millionaires until a sudden change in her husband threatened her life and the lives of her two children.

“This is an amazing story of a woman who summons the courage to plan an escape, knowing that one misstep will get her killed,” says Janice Dibble, Head of Reference and Adult Services.

“As the story progresses, Nancy’s experiences are riveting and it really is difficult to tear yourself away from the book.”

Wall’s visit comes during National Library Week, April 11-17. This year’s theme is “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.” Bringing authors and readers together is one of the many ways the Oshkosh Public Library contributes to a thriving community.

“Fostering an appreciation for literature and the art of storytelling is one of the things that the library does that enriches our community,” Dibble explains. “Meeting the person behind the story and learning about their creative process enhances the reading experience.”

Copies of Pulled by the Heart: A woman’s real-life story of living and escaping the Middle East, will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Read Dibble’s review of the book and link to the author’s web site at For additional information about the library event, call 236-5205.


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