Bookshelf Show & Tell: The Holiday Edition

The holidays are over and I thought it might be fun to do some bookshelf Show & Tell.  Here’s a list of what I found at the bottom of my stocking (in no particular order): In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death & the World It Made by Norman F. Cantor The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power … Continue reading Bookshelf Show & Tell: The Holiday Edition

Women & Islam in the Middle East: “See With Disbelieving Eyes the Black Luster of Unleashed Hair”

I’m currently in the thick of the novel Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour.  It’s a challenging read. Everything about it feels foreign – the setting, the phrasing, the cultural references. But the author is talented and I’ve a feeling  it will be worth the work. So, while you wait for me to finish, I have two offerings that provide a gateway into … Continue reading Women & Islam in the Middle East: “See With Disbelieving Eyes the Black Luster of Unleashed Hair”