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Godless, Hallucinations, and Nothing to Envy

Last week I mentioned it’s been challenge keeping my blog up to date with all the books I’ve been reading. The good news is I’ve been reading some good stuff. 767 more words

Area Studies/International Relations

Virgins, Crime, and Florence of Arabia

Sorry folks, I just haven’t been in the mood to blog. Honestly, I’m not sure why I’ve been slacking off so much. Maybe after doing this blog for six years I’m starting to feel burned-out. 752 more words


About Time I Read It: Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

Why oh why did I wait so long to read Black Hawk Down? Published in 1999, Mark Bowden’s book received critical praise and was a commercial success, in addition to inspiring a 2001 motion picture adaptation┬áthat was highly successful in its own right, winning two Oscars and performing robustly at the box office. 367 more words


The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

You gotta like a guy who gets his first book published when he’s 80 years old. Heck, just living to the ripe old age of 80 is impressive enough, but getting your debut work of fiction published at an age when many people are entering an assisted living facility is an amazing feat. 304 more words


Immigrant Stories: Tehran at Twilight by Salar Abdoh

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’re well aware of my longtime fascination with the Middle East. You might also know out of all the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Israel and Iran interest me the most. 409 more words


Immigrant Stories: A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

Last year the blog Books in the City hosted the Immigrant Stories Reading Challenge. Thanks to the challenge, by the year’s end I was inspired to read books that dealt with immigrants from a diverse array of countries including… 335 more words


Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright’s best-seller Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief┬ácompletely blew me away back when I read it back in 2013. So impressed I was with his book that it easily made my year-end list of… 720 more words