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JANE FLETCHER GENIESSE, a former reporter for the New York Times, researched American Priestess for seven years. Her biography of Freya Stark, Passionate Nomad, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. She lives in Florida and Washington, D.C.

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American Priestess
The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $17.95

For generations, The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem has been a well-known retreat for journalists, diplomats, pilgrims and spies. However, few know the story of Anna Spafford, the enigmatic evangelist who was instrumental in its founding

Branded heretics by Jerusalem’s established Christian missionaries when they arrived in 1881, the Spaffords and... Read more >
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American Priestess
The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 17, 2008
Price: $12.99

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Passionate Nomad
The Life of Freya Stark
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.95

Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out... Read more >
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Passionate Nomad
The Life of Freya Stark
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 21, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Southern Gates of Arabia
A Journey in the Hadhramaut
Written by Freya Stark
Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.00

In 1934, famed British traveler Freya Stark sailed down the Red Sea, alighting in Aden, located at the tip of the Arabian peninsula. From this backwater outpost, Stark set forth on what was to be her most unforgettable adventure: Following the ancient frankincense routes of the Hadhramaut Valley, the most fertile... Read more >
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