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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.  New members are always welcome.

We do not meet in December.

Upcoming

  • February 19: Algerian Chronicles by Albert Camus
  • March 18: Inside the Battle of Algiers by Zohra Drif
  • April 15: A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman
  • May 20: No Ordinary Assignment: A Memoir by Jane Ferguson
  • June 17: Evil Eye by Etaf Rum
  • July 15: Memoirs of a Mujahed: Algeria's Struggle for Freedom by Hamou Amirouche
  • August 19: The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and her Path to Power by Pnina Lahav
Inside the Battle of Algiers: Memoir of a Woman Freedom Fighter By Zohra Drif, Lakhdar Brahimi (Foreword by), Andrew G. Farrand (Translated by) Cover Image
By Zohra Drif, Lakhdar Brahimi (Foreword by), Andrew G. Farrand (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781682570753
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Published: Just World Books - September 1st, 2017

This gripping insider’s account chronicles how and why a young woman in 1950s Algiers joined the armed wing of Algeria’s national liberation movement to combat her country’s French occupiers. When the movement’s leaders turned to Drif and her female colleagues to conduct attacks in retaliation for French aggression against the local population, they leapt at the chance.


A Horse Walks Into a Bar: A novel (Vintage International) By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translated by) Cover Image
By David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101973493
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Published: Vintage - January 16th, 2018

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE • From the bestselling author of To the End of the Land comes a searing story of loss and survival.


No Ordinary Assignment: A Memoir By Jane Ferguson Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063272248
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Published: Mariner Books - July 11th, 2023

"A haunting memoir of disarming honesty. . . a remarkable testament to the anguish and the beauty of foreign correspondence.”—Roger Cohen, New York Times Paris bureau chief and author of An Affirming Flame 


Evil Eye: A Novel By Etaf Rum Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062987907
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Published: Harper - September 5th, 2023

An NPR Best Book of the Year


Memoirs of a Mujahed: Algeria's Struggle for Freedom, 1945-1962 By Hamou Amirouche Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780692311677
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Published: Amirouche Publishing - November 15th, 2014

"Memoirs of a Mujahed" is the first book published in English by an academic who fought in the Algerian war of independence. It is an adaptation of the author's best seller, "Akfadou, Un An avec le Colonel Amirouche", published in French in 2009 by Casbah Editions, Algiers.


The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power By Pnina Lahav Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780691239330
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 19th, 2024

A feminist biography of the only woman to become prime minister of Israel


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