This is the eleventh in a series of reviews of books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN
volunteer and a professor of art history, to review David Harris-Gershon's new book.
David Harris-Gershon, What do you Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife? (London:
One World, 2013). 325 pages. $13.70.
David Harris-Gershon has written a brave memoir that charts the traumatic and long-range impact of his wife Jamie’s
near-death from a terrorist bombing at Hebrew University in 2002, and his route to healing by trying to understand
the motives of the terrorist, Mohammad Odeh.
There are several points of entry into Harris-Gershon’s story: the opening section in which he recounts the
bombing and actions of the bomber, his recollections of the aftermath interwoven with the history of his
relationship with Jaime, and the summary of the historical context in which the attack took place.