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 non-fiction 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.

May 21 – Pity the Nation by Robert Fisk (May and June) 

June 18Pity the Nation by Robert Fisk (May & June) 

July 16 – Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

August 20 - Gaza Weddings by Ibrahim Nasrallah

Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon (Nation Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781560254423
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Published: Nation Books - October 24th, 2002

With the Israeli-Palestinian crisis reaching wartime levels, where is the latest confrontation between these two old foes leading? Robert Fisks explosive Pity the Nation recounts Sharon and Arafats first deadly encounter in Lebanon in the early 1980s and explains why the IsraelPalestine relationship seems so intractable.

Frankenstein in Baghdad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128793
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Published: Penguin Books - January 23rd, 2018

*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize*

"Brave and ingenious." --The New York Times

"Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound." --Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment

Gaza Weddings (Hoopoe Fiction) Cover Image
By Ibrahim Nasrallah, Nancy Roberts (Translator)
ISBN: 9789774168444
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Published: American University in Cairo Press - November 1st, 2017

Twin sisters Randa and Lamis live in the besieged Gaza Strip. Inseparable to the point that even their mother cannot tell them apart, they grow up surrounded by the random carnage that characterizes life under occupation.