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.

August 21: The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich

September 18: The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In-between by Hisham Matar

October 16: The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak

November 20The Hostage’s Daughter by Sulome Anderson

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110576
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2017

From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the everyday struggles of Palestinian life

The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812994827
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Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing--one of The New York Times Book Review's ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118527
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives--one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz--that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.

The Hostage's Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062385505
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Published: Dey Street Books - July 4th, 2017

In this gripping blend of reportage, memoir, and analysis, a journalist and daughter of one of the world's most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, takes an intimate look at her father's captivity during the Lebanese Hostage Crisis and the ensuing political firestorm on both her family and the United States--as well as the far-reaching implications of those events on Middle Eastern politics today.