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 firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcome.
May 15: Baghdad Without a Map by Tony Horwitz
June 19: Tablet and Pen edited by Reza Aslan; discussing sections on Arab and Turkish Literature in Parts I and II of the book
July 17: Tablet and Pen edited by Reza Aslan; discussing sections on Persian and Urdu Literature in Parts I and II of the book)
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
"A very funny and frequently insightful look at the world's most combustible region."--The New York Times Book Review
Acting with Words Without Borders, which fosters international exchange through translation and publication of the world's finest literature, Aslan has purposefully situated this volume in the twentieth century, beyond the familiar confines of the Ottoman past, believing that the writers who have emerged in the last hundred years have not received their full due.
From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the everyday struggles of Palestinian life
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