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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.


  • September 20: Ali and Nino, Kurban Said
  • October 18: The Road from Raqqa, Jordan Ritter Conn
  • November 15: The Day the Leader Was Killed, Naguib Mahfouz
Ali and Nino: A Love Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468314403
Availability: On our shelves
Published: The Overlook Press - December 20th, 2016

The sweeping tale of love challenged by war, as romantic and gripping as Gone with the Wind or Dr. Zhivago, Ali& Nino portrays, against a glamorously exotic backdrop,the enduring love between childhood friends divided by separate cultures.Ali and Nino grow up together in carefree innocence in Baku, on the Caspian Sea.

The Road from Raqqa: A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and Belonging Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525482871
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Ballantine Books - July 13th, 2021

Crossing years and continents, the harrowing story of the road to reunion for two Syrian brothers who—despite a homeland at war and an ocean between them—hold fast to the bonds of family.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • Riveting . . . a resplendent love letter to an obliterated city.”—The New York Times

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.