By Abir Hamdar
By Sarah Houssayni
Anaphora Literary Press, 2015.
Sarah Houssayni’s debut novel, “Fireworks,” begins at the onset of the Israeli 2006 bombing of Lebanon in retaliation for the Hezbollah kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers. This promising novel interweaves the story of two single women, one a 30-year old American nurse from Kansas and one young, 16-year old Lebanese teenager, both trying to negotiate family pressures while searching for love.
Safer Barlik: Famine in Mount Lebanon During World War I
By Louis Farshee
Inkwater Press, 2015
Despite his almost uniformly dry and scholarly tone, Louis Farshee’s painstaking reconstruction of the famine that may have claimed as many as 375,000 Lebanese and Syrian men, women, and children out of a population of four million represents a labor of love.
Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema
Edited by Gayatri Devi and Najat Rahman
Wayne State University Press, 2014. 282 pp.
Memoirs of a Woman Doctor
By Nawal el-Saadawi
Translated by Catherine Cobham
London: Saqi Books, 2000, 101 pp.
The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain 1836-2012
By Mohammad Seddique Seddon
Kube Publishing Ltd, 2014. 328 pp.
Reading Arabia: British Orientalism in the Age of Mass Publication 1880 –1930
By Andrew C. Long
Syracuse University Press, 2014. 264 pp.