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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.


  • March 15: Black Wave, Kim Ghattas (continued)
  • Apil 19: A Woman Is No Man, Etaf Rum
  • May 17: MBS, Ben Hubbard
  • June 21: Map of Salt and Stars, Zeyn Joukhadar
  • July 19: The Day the Leader Was Killed, Naguib Mahfouz

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020

“[A] sweeping and authoritative history" (The New York Times Book Review), Black Wave is an unprecedented and ambitious examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979.

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A Woman Is No Man: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062699770
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Harper Perennial - February 4th, 2020

The New York Times bestseller and Read with Jenna TODAY SHOW Book Club pick telling the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women struggling to express their individual desires within the confines of their Arab culture in the wake of shocking intimate violence in their community.

Mbs: The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984823830
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 13th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE - A gripping, behind-the-scenes portrait of the rise of Saudi Arabia's secretive and mercurial new ruler

"Revelatory . . . a vivid portrait of how MBS has altered the kingdom during his half-decade of rule."--The Washington Post

The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169052
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2019

This powerful and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and an adventurous mapmaker’s apprentice—“perfectly aligns with the cultural moment” (The Providence Journal) and “shows how interconnected two suppos

The Day the Leader Was Killed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385499224
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Anchor - June 6th, 2000

From the Nobel Prize laureate and author of the acclaimed Cairo Trilogy, a beguiling and artfully compact novel set in Sadat's Egypt.