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Reader responses to
Love in Condition Yellow


 

Just finished reading Love In Condition Yellow in fewer than 24 hours - loved it and could not stop. I was inspired to read it after hearing you at the 'As I Recall It-Memoir' program of Litquake on Oct 10th. Thank you for writing this book to share your innermost self with us. And thanks for revealing the understanding you and your husband share. Your story is beautifully written.”


 

Thank you for making me really think about how people of different backgrounds can find common ground, and more importantly how you used this challenge as an opportunity to understand yourself better.”


 

I deeply appreciate your book, as I feel like someone finally ‘gets’ what my family’s experience was like in a post 9/11 world. Thank you.”


 

Loved the book-such beautiful writing ... coupled with such bravery.”


 

My husband called it a love story for people who don't like love stories.”


 

Got the book yesterday and just finished it. Just amazing. And the end? I'm still crying.”


 

I just finished it last night.....I loved the final paragraphs...very lyrical and beautiful.”


 

I just finished Love in Condition Yellow. I am speechless, that was beautiful, moving and I could hardly put it down.”


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Reader responses to Modern Love article


 

A friend emailed me the link to "Diary of a Soldier's Wife: Tie-Dye and Camo Don't Mix" this morning and I am sitting here speechless with tears in my eyes… I am a bleeding heart liberal that fell in love with (and married) a contractor in Iraq. No one else has so succinctly expressed the main source of conflict in my mostly wonderful relationship. How do I justify loving a man who I can't talk to about politics without feeling my blood pressure rising? How can I consider having kids with someone who will actually pose the military as a viable career option to them?”


 

I just read your 'Modern Love' essay in the NY Times this morning. After the first couple of lines, I realized this was special and could not be wasted. I put on music, grabbed a bowl of cereal, and settled down to read. You did not disappoint.

Politically, spiritually, and culturally, you and I are on different coasts. My wife and I are Indians who were born in Africa , and met through an arranged marriage process. If I could vote, I would vote Republican. And it will take a while to explain why I think the Iraqi and Afghani wars were right even though I am a dove, but I am for the war.

However, I could totally relate to your love - thank you for sharing the story.”


 

Your very interesting article in the 18 June edition of the New York Times had me pondering; aren't radical differences/ diversity in a couple the spice and ultimately the essence of life in common?

If I use my own couple as an example, then the differences between my wife and me are...well, they're big. We have a different ethnic background (Greek/Belgian), different culture, different religion (orthodox/agnostic) and different political beliefs (socialist/undecided). Still, through our relationship we have been able to fill each other's intellectual needs by spurning dialog and promoting tolerance”


 

Your column in the NY Times today made such an impact on me. It was a well-written piece, and I loved your full circle ending. From what I learned of you in your article, I am most likely on the other side of the political/cultural spectrum. But you gave voice to "the other side" and drove home the point that we are all just people, trying to make sense of our lives and the cultural/poltical storms around us. For that I thank you.”


 

Your column in the NY Times today made such an impact on me. It was a well-written piece, and I loved your full circle ending. From what I learned of you in your article, I am most likely on the other side of the political/cultural spectrum. But you gave voice to "the other side" and drove home the point that we are all just people, trying to make sense of our lives and the cultural/poltical storms around us. For that I thank you.”