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This selection is kindly presented to you by Rania Masri and Peter Ryan.

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1.

The Poetry of Arab Women
by Nathalie Handal (Editor) (Paperback - October 2000)
Suggested Price: $15.40

Rania Masri's comments:
Anthology of Arab women's poetry


2.

A Beggar at Damascus Gate
by Yasmin Zahran, et al (Paperback - September 1995)
Suggested Price: $12.95

 

Rania Masri's comments:
A poetic, empowering portrayal of the struggle for liberation -- both personal and political liberation. Excellent characters -- including a realistic and strong Palestinian woman.

3.

The Stone of Laughter: A Novel (Emerging Voices. New International Fiction)
by Hoda Barakat, et al (Paperback - March 1998)
Suggested Price: $10.36
Rania Masri's comments:
one of the most poignant war novels - ever

4.

Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi
by Nawal Sadawi, et al (Paperback - July 1999)
Suggested Price: $19.95

5.

Beirut Blues: A Novel
by Hanan Al-Shaykh, et al (Paperback - August 1996)
Suggested Price: $10.36

6.

The Neverfield Poem
by Nathalie Handal, Nathalie Handel (Paperback - April 1999)
Suggested Price: $12.00

7.

Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists
by Joanna Kadi (Editor) (Paperback - October 1994)
Suggested Price: $20.00

Rania Masri's comments:
excellent anthology of arab-american feminist writings


8.

Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker
by Joanna Kadi (Paperback - September 1996)
Suggested Price: $16.00
Rania Masri's comments:
breaking boundaries and stereotypes

9.

The Search: Personal Papers
by Latifah Zayyat, et al (Paperback - March 1997)
Suggested Price: $13.95
Rania Masri's comments:
poignant and honest memoir
10. Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982
by Mahmud Darwish, et al (Paperback - March 1995)
Suggested Price $16.95
Peter Ryan's comments:
The internationally acclaimed Palestinian poet.

11. Palace Walk
by Naguib Mahfouz, Najib Mahfuz (Paperback - January 1991)
Suggested Price $10.50
Peter Ryan's comments:
The best work of the most prolific Egyptian writer (first of a trilogy)
12. Cities of Salt
by Abdelrahman Munif, et al (Paperback - July 1989)
Suggested Price $11.90
Peter Ryan's comments:
a classic arabic tale about the convergences of American and Arabic culture in the 1930's (first of a trilogy) 
13. Children of Gebelaawi
by Naguib Mahfouz (Paperback - February 1997)
Suggested Price $20.00
Peter Ryan's comments:
A minimalist (though beautiful) retelling of the Qu'ran (the stories of Abraham, Jesus, etc.) Very different stylistically from "Palace Walk." Well worth a read.
14. In the Eye of the Sun -- by Ahdaf Soueif; Paperback
Suggested Price $11.90  
15. The Map of Love -- by Ahdaf Soueif; Paperback
Suggested Price $11.20  

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