31. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq by Farnaz Fassihi, 291 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/30/2013

waitingWall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent, Farnaz Fassihi, relates her interactions and interviews with the citizens of Iraq and how they are dealing with the affects of the US/Iraq war since 2003. She relates stories mainly from the ordinary working and middle class people she mets while living in Iraq. See the war through their eyes, everyone from a middle class art gallery owner to taxi drivers to radical teenagers.

03. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Andrea, Informational Book, NonFiction, Travel · Tags: , , , , ,

Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo, 321 pages, read by Andrea, on 02/03/2012

Day of HoneyDay of Honey is a celebration of food and a memoir of war and the death of many people. It is written about Ciezadlo’s life in Lebanon during its internal sectarian conflicts between Sunni and Shia muslims. I am personally interested in all information that deals with Middle Eastern countries, so I was quite excited to read this book and had particularly high expectations for it as well. Ciezadlo describes Iraqi and Lebanese people as folks not unlike Americans. She shows how, despite hardship and death, the Lebanese people have always found comfort in food. With all of the negative media portrayals of the Middle Eastern countries right now, I thought this book was another great piece of literary work to help people in the US and other parts of the world understand the war torn Middle East and its people.