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102 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Book Nook By Gerry Lore "Leap of Faith: Memories of an Unexpected Life" By Queen Noor In 1977, Lisa Halaby was intro- duced to King Hussein of Jordan by her father, who was a consultant to the king. A year later, after a whirlwind secret courtship, she and the king were married. She took the NOOR name Noor, which she writes was the most precious gift given to her by her husband. "Leap of Faitht&apos; is Queen Noor's comprehensive and fasci- nating memoir of her life, mar- riage and motherhood. Like many other memoirs, it's her opportuni- ty to enhance the legacy of her late husband as a relentless leader for peace in the Middle East, to correct or rewrite official records and also to settle some old scores. Lisa Halaby was born into a wealthy Arab-American family and lived in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Ange- les. Her father was a pilot, high ranking government official - FAA, State Department, Defense Department, CEO of Pan Ameri- can Airlines. He was on personal terms with U.S. presidents and worked for the Rockefellers. Lisa lived a privileged life with private schools and travel abroad and graduated from Princeton. Queen Noor details her difficult adjustment to palace life with its security, intrigues and extended family. She also discusses her conversion to the Muslim faith. She is candid in revealing how at times the burdens of raising her four children caused her frustra- tion, worry, stress and at times, depression. One has to wonder how bad it would have been for her without all those servants, nannies, tutors and private jets and tons of money. Queen Noor seemed to have been involved in every political issues and decision by the king over the past 25 years. She pres- ents her perspective and insights on these issues, including Middle East peace efforts, the fu'st Gulf War, Arab-Israeli relations, terror- ism, assassinations, along the way. She also offers sketches and itnpressions of many of the world's political leaders, royalty, U.S. presidents and a host of in- ternational celebrities she knows. The queen's writings suggest some harsh criticism of Israel, cit- ing their expansionist and reckless policies, among other comments. She expresses strong support for the regime of Saddam Hussein, with a number of references to his popularity in the Arab world, in part due to "his unyielding oppo- sition to Israel." The queen also describes the wonder state visit she paid to lraqand her great ad- Festival Continued from page 101 The jazz festival is produced by a six-member board, which works year round to organize acts that will appeal to a diverse audience. Last year's event, which featured headliner Chaka Khan, drew 15,000 jazz fans to the Cape Re- gion. This year's headliner Ingram is noted for his sultry vocals on such hits as ',One Hundred Ways," "Just Once," "I Don't Have the Heart" and "Somewhere Out There," a duet with Linda Ron- stadt. His other credits include co-writing the song "P.Y.T. (Pret- ty Young Thing)," a signature song off the multiplatinum Michael Jackson album "Thriller," and recording "Baby, Come To Me" with jazz diva Patti Austin on Quincy Jones's Qwest label. The latter netted Grammy and Oscar nominations. Stoney Lonen 00:lsb line sPloJ00 me8 Second 5tmer g00obod00 13each x664 WWJ11.0111 Friday Night 1/2 price Fish 8r CMps are backl $2 Guinness pints Open Dally at a:OO pan. tlrm00 ct3m0000 60o9 acoustic 5uitar "local favorS=, world tenown00 miration for its people and cul- ture. She also writes glowingly of her friendship and admiration for President Carter and his wife and of Bill and Hillary Clinton, with whom she and the king shared a number of pleasant visits. Presi- dents Reagan and George Bush receive brief, lukewarm reviews. The queen does refer several times to the hypocrisy of U.S. pol- icy in the Middle East (read sup- port for Israel). She does not pro- vide details of the amount of fi- nancial and military aid given to Jordan (and other Middle East countries) over the years. She also offers faint praise for Palestinian leader Arafat, suggesting that his only fault is that he can't control the extreme factions in his coun- try. Queen Noor writes with pas- sion about her involvement and commitment to several global hu- manitarian and charitable causes, e.g., hunger, land mines. She also discusses her conversion to Islam and how the Muslim religion af- fected her life and family. Some may find it of interest that despite the queen's proclamation of love for her country and the Middle Eastern culture, her chil- dren were educated at private schools in the United States, where she and the king owned several large mansions and shopped in New York City. When the king courageously battled can- cer, he and the queen regularly shuttled in their private 747 to the U.S. for medical care at America's best medical centers. She writes with great love and compassion of the king's losing fight and the ef- fect on her family. "Leap of Faith" is part love sto- ry, part legacy building, part in- tense personal memoir, which de- spite your politics and view of the world, will hold your interest. Gerry Lore retired to Rehoboth Beach in 1996 after a career with Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. He is a graduate of Purdue University and Harvard School of Business. Kids Fest hosts youth talent show, Battle of the Bands mances will be divided into either solo or group performances and by the following age groups: 4-6, 7-12 and 13-18. First place win- ners in each subsection will com- pete for a grand prize trophy. Performances should be four minutes or less. Singing partici- pants 12 years or younger may use music with prerecorded voic- es, but participants 13 and older must use strictly instrumental ac- companiment only. All perform- ances will be judged on natural ability, quality of performance, showmanship, choreography and audience appeal. The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 29. From 6 to 10 p.m., Kids Fest will host its first Battle of the Bands. Teen and young adult garage bands will perform and This year, on Sept. 13, Kids Fest will hold its third annual Youth Talent Show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dover Building at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. "Talent shows are fun for the performers as well as the audi- ence and a great way to establish high self-esteem in children and teenagers," said Rachel Silk- worth, talent show coordinator. The show is composed of two main categories: performing arts and athletics, and both categories are broken up into several subsec- tions. In the performing arts cate- gory, there will be performances in singing, dancing, acting and in- strumental music. The athletic category will include gynmastics, cheerleading, martial arts, drill team and double dutch. Perfor- Lunch 11-3 pm Dinner from 6 pm Sunday Brunch 11-3 For Reservations Call 227-3674 59 Rehoboth Ave..Rehoboth Beach,, DE , < . i www.capegazette.om .... .: compete for cash prizes. Each band will have 10 minutes to set up, 20 minutes to perform and 10 minutes to take down. As only six bands can perform, those interest- ed should send an audition tape by Aug. 25 to Rachel Silkworth, P.O. Drawer 59, Harrington DE 19952. 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