Tag Archives: Middle East

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Subtitled: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide This book explores gender inequality around the world, focused primarily on sex trafficking, violence against women, and maternal mortality. It also discusses potential solutions and gives accounts of some successes and failures … Continue reading

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Laughing Without an Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas

Subtitled: Adventures of a Global Citizen Not long ago, I was asking around about books set on cruise ships. Jason did some research and discovered this collection of nonfiction stories, one of which is indeed set on a cruise. Considering … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Kingdom of Strangers, by Zoe Ferraris

When a body is found in a remote part of the desert, evidence emerges that there’s a serial killer long on the loose near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The homicide team is stumped, digging for patterns and clues as over a … Continue reading

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The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg (audio)

Subtitled: In Search of Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan [some versions are subtitled: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys] When Jenny Nordberg was reporting in Afghanistan, she came across a phenomenon she hadn’t heard of before: bacha posh, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Saffron Kitchen, by Yasmin Crowther (audio)

Maryam is an Iranian immigrant who has long lived in Britain with her British husband and a now-grown, pregnant daughter, Sara. When Maryam’s sister dies in Iran, her son comes to live with Maryam, dredging up a past that Maryam had long attempted to forget. … Continue reading

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Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson

Hiding under the handle of Alif, a young man fights back against the government censorship and violence via computer in an unnamed Middle Eastern city. When his lover leaves him to enter into the marriage her family has arranged for … Continue reading

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Destiny Disrupted, by Tamim Ansary (audio)

Subtitled: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes It comes as no surprise that different parts of the world view the history of the world in different ways, or that the western view of history that I learned in … Continue reading

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