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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 nonfiction 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.

We do not meet in December.

April 20th.  Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King.

May 18th.  Film at members’s house/No regular meeting

June 15th Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson (Part One of Discussion)

July 20th Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson (Part Two of Discussion)

Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393351866
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2nd, 2015

"Hugely enjoyable, magnificently researched, and deeply absorbing." —Jason Goodwin, New York Times Book Review

At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever, they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock.


Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780307476418
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Anchor - June 3rd, 2014

One of the Best Books of the Year:
The Christian Science Monitor
NPR
The Seattle Times 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
Chicago Tribune


A New York Times Notable Book

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography