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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.

June 17 – The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

July 15 - Between Friends by Amoz Oz

August 19 - The Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov



The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State Cover Image
By Nadia Murad, Amal Clooney (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781524760441
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Tim Duggan Books - October 16th, 2018


In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.


Between Friends Cover Image
By Amos Oz, Sondra Silverston (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780544227743
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Mariner Books - July 8th, 2014

Winner, National Jewish Book Award

“[A] gorgeous, rueful collection . . . that lays bare the deepest human longings.” — Chicago Tribune

In Between Friends, Amos Oz returns to the kibbutz of the late 1950s, the time and place where his writing began.

The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307277732
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Anchor - September 9th, 2008

In The Siege of Mecca, acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls back the curtain on a thrilling, pivotal, and overlooked episode of modern history, examining its repercussions on the Middle East and the world.