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Another tempting book list, this time from World Literature Today with seventy-five translated books to check out. I can see more than a few that are already on my TBR, but might just find a couple of others to add.📚❤️


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Contemporary Fiction Recommendations:

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream by Jeannie Zusy

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Books About Motherhood Recommendations:

Mother Brain: How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood by Chelsea Conaboy

Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change by Angela Garbes

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of
Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

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Today's book list for Zonta's 16 Days of Activism is all about women musicians.

She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah by Kathy Iandoli

I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone


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Early morning list:

Riot Woman: Using Feminist Values to Destroy the Patriarchy by Eleanor C. Whitney ( )

Sirens: The End of the World Has a Sound by Braden Cawthon ( )

The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart by Chesil, translated by Takami Nieda ( )


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1/4 Palestine reading list (maybe some Egypt) - things on my bookshelf i either want to read again or forgot i read... Reminds me of a time i used have to scour second hand bookshop shelves regularly for books on Palestine because the internet wasn't a thing, i didn't have access yet or maybe it was social media that ended that primary method of search for me.


Book, Soul in Exile. The cover is black and white with the fishing net keffiyeh pattern.
Book, The Disinherited. Small black and white photos cover the cover in a block of nine.
Book, Wild Thorns. A small drawing of tangled thorny vines is at the top of the cover. An orange block at the bottom with the title.

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  1. Soul in Exile, Fawaz Turki - poet/essayist relates his refugee story in the 90s in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

  2. Wild Thorns, Sahar Khalifah - born in Nablus in 1941, predating the apartheid state of Israel. Her first novel was confiscated by Israeli authorities; the second was published in Cairo. Fiction. Published 1976.

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2. Continued. An early depiction of life under occupation, maybe controversial as it doesn't depict a righteous victim.

  1. The Disinherited: Journal of a Palestinian Exile, Fawaz Turki. Memoir.

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4. Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi - she taught at Duke University. Fiction. Story told from prison, villager, prostitute, prisoner. You'll probably have some feelings. Also see (8) Two Women In One. And (9) Daughter of Isis, autobiography.

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  1. Beggar at Damascus Gate, Yasmine Zahran - Fiction. Published 1995. Archaeologist finds diary of lovers - a Englishman and exiled Palestinian woman working for the PLO. Could give insight into displaced people.

  2. I Saw Ramallah

  3. Children of Catastrophe

(10)In the Eye of the Sun and the (11)Map of Love by Ahdef Soueif

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A Book List:

  1. Soul in Exile, Fawaz Turki
  2. Wild Thorns, Sahar Khalifah
  3. The Disinherited, Turki.
  4. Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi
  5. Beggar at Damascus Gate, Yasmine Zahran
  6. I Saw Ramallah, Mourid Barghouti
  7. Children of Catastrophe, Jamal Kanj
  8. Two Women In One, El Saadawi
  9. Daughter of Isis, El Saadawi
  10. In the Eye of the Sun, Soueif
  11. Map of Love, Soueif
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So asked for input on their recent Palestine ep. I think I'm addressing the host mostly.
Israel & Palestine: A Difficult Discussion

I can give input. I will try to be civil but bear in mind I have the same strong emotions you expressed on the podcast, & feel Gaslit Nation, President Biden, and most Democrats - (yeah I'm not even considering Republicans, they'll have a terrible take) are gaslighting Palestinians.

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Palestine book and film list
The fiction is wider than Palestine though!

Typo - Island of Missing Trees is set in Cyprus part of the time.

Nothing to Lose But Your Life by Suad Amiry Drinking the Sea at Gaza by Amira Hass Occupied With Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks by Jean Zaru. Our Women on the Ground ed Zahra Hankir It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street by Emma Williams Crossing Mandelbaum Gate by Kai Bird Poetry I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti Memory For Forgetfulness by Darwish Films: Five Broken Cameras The Occupation of the American Mind Occupation 101 Tantura Farha The Present (short film by Farah Nabulsi) Gaza Fights for Freedom (Abby Martin)
Kids/YA fiction? A Little Piece Of Ground by Elizabeth Laird If You Could Be My Friend? Habbibi by Naomi Shihab Nye Fiction The Stone House by Yara Hawari (Palestinian) Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (Palestinian) You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (Palestinian, bisexuality!) A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar Miral by Rula Jebreel Palestine's Children by Ghassan Kanafani A Beggar At Damascus Gate by Yasmine Zahran Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris Silence is a Sense by Laila AlAmmar (Syrian refugee) An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Cyprus) Wiles of Men and Other Stories by Salwa Bakr Museum of Innocence by Oran Pamuk (Turkey) Anatomy of A Disappearance by Hisham Matar

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    Unique magic systems in YA... there are some good recs on the list.


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