Understanding The Middle East Book Club

Understanding The Middle East group meets on the third Monday of  the month at 7 p.m.  It has the purpose of exploring the rich culture of the Middle East through literature (poetry, fiction, memoirs). They do include readings of non-fiction as they try to gain an understanding of history and current events.  Although they read writers from the west, the goal is to discover the many talented authors from middle eastern countries who may not be well known in the U.S.  Even though discussions of politics cannot always be avoided, this is not the focus.

For more information, contact Tina Martin at  tgmartin89@hotmail.com.  New members are always welcome.

July 16 – Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

August 20 - Gaza Weddings by Ibrahim Nasrallah

Frankenstein in Baghdad Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128793
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Published: Penguin Books - January 23rd, 2018

*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize*

"Brave and ingenious." --The New York Times

"Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound." --Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment


Gaza Weddings (Hoopoe Fiction) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9789774168444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hoopoe - November 1st, 2017

Twin sisters Randa and Lamis live in the besieged Gaza Strip. Inseparable to the point that even their mother cannot tell them apart, they grow up surrounded by the random carnage that characterizes life under occupation.