I kept telling myself on the way to the library I was only going to borrow three books. One on the Middle East, one on China and a little something for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge. But after the dust cleared I walked out of there not with three books but eight. As we all know when it comes to libraries I have no self control.
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- Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution by Helen Zia – After recently finishing Rana Mitter’s Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937–1945 and Jonathan Kaufman’s The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China I’m in the mood for more books about China.
- Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel – It’s always hard for me to pass up a staff recommendation whenever I visit the library. This one felt right the second I picked it up.
- The Wife’s Tale: A Personal History by Aida Edemariam – Someone in one of my Facebook groups raved about this 2018 book. I’ve always had a bit fascinated with Ethiopia.
- Dying for Heaven: Holy Pleasure and Suicide Bombers―Why the Best Qualities of Religion Are Also Its Most Dangerous by Ariel Glucklich – Like Between Man and Beast, another book that felt right the moment I held it.
- Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism by Karima Bennoune – I read the first chapter back in 2018 or but got distracted and wound up returning it to the library. I wanna give it another shot.
- The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by Hugh Kennedy – Another book someone praised on Facebook. After seeing it on the library shelf year in and year out perhaps it’s time to finally read it.
- The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar – Matar’s novel In the Country of Men easily made my year-end list of Favorite Fiction back in 2017. (No small achievement considering just how many great works of fiction I read that year.) I’m hoping this Pulitzer Prize-winner is just as good.
- Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim by Sabeeha Rehman – Yet another staff recommendation. I’ve been tempted to grab this one on several occasions.
With the Omicron variant projected to loosen its grip on America I look forward to once again sitting in a pub with a pint of beer and my nose in a good book. Luckily for me, I now have no shortage of quality reading material.