Synopses & Reviews
Burch's memoir recounts her remarkable experiences over eight years as a photographer covering the war in Soviet occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s and as a filmmaker and also her own personal and spiritual journey as a young woman. It begins when she is 21 and working as a freelance photojournalist. She's contracted to get footage of the war between the Afghan mujahedeen and Soviet occupying forces for CBS and BBC. She later returns to Afghanistan to interview an Afghan commander about the ceasefire he negotiated with the Soviet government. Her accounts provide revealing glimpses into the conflict Afghan culture and the dangers of war reporting particularly for a woman. In the Soviet Union she films a documentary about American teenagers meeting with their contemporaries in hopes of achieving more positive relations between their countries. The later part of the book describes her work in New York with Women in Limbo a feminist group of multimedia artists and her search for spiritual enlightenment in Sufism and the teachings of the mystic Gurdjieff. Burch's honest reflections on her work difficult relationship with her alcoholic mother sexual encounters self doubt fears and path to peace and happiness make the book thought provoking and compelling. (Mar.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker" is based on Melissa Burch's experiences as a war journalist for BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews allowed in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and she was featured in a New York Times story about her time in Afghanistan. She was just in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahideen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000-foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. "My Journey Through War and Peace" examines how, through outward action and inward exploration, life can unfold in mysterious ways, far beyond cultural and family expectations. In looking back at this momentous decade, Burch shares why she pursued such dangerous and difficult circumstances at such a young age and continued to live on the edge. She now understands that she was seeking self-discovery, a connection to something greater, and ultimately inner peace. This exciting adventurous spiritual memoir will resonate with fans of "Eat Pray Love", "Wild", and other popular memoirs that describe extraordinary inner and outer journeys.