The Gratuitous Return of Library Loot
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3M ago
Even though I’m up to my eyeballs in library books I’m back with another Library Loot post. As always I’ll be applying these recently borrowed books towards several reading challenges, including the European Reading Challenge, Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and Nonfiction Reader Challenge.  Once again I’ll need to read like crazy if I’m to put a dent in the tower of library books stacked by my reading chair. Too many books and not enough time. Story of my life!  Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter (2015) – I’ve been eyeing this one for months and finally decided to g ..read more
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2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Wrap-Up
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by maphead
6M ago
The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge has become one of my favorite reading challenges. Maybe it’s because I’m a lover of history or maybe it’s because the challenge synchs so well other reading challenges I enjoy like the European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge and Books in Translation Reading Challenge.  ..read more
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Book Beginnings: The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
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by maphead
7M ago
Not only does Gilion host the European Reading and TBR 23 in 23 on her Rose City Reader blog but also Book Beginnings on Friday. While I’m no stranger to her European Reading Challenge, last year I decided to finally participate in Book Beginnings on Friday. This week I’m back with another post. For Book Beginnings on Friday Gilion asks us to simply “share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book that caught your fancy and you want to highlight.” MY BOOK BEGINNING The young woman, twenty-one, walks gingerly down the dusty street between her ..read more
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Book Beginnings: Dreams Of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
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by maphead
7M ago
Not only does Gilion host the European Reading Challenge and TBR 23 in 23 Challenge on her Rose City Reader blog but also Book Beginnings on Friday. While I’m no stranger to her European Reading Challenge, last year I decided to finally participate in Book Beginnings on Friday. This week I’m back with another post. For Book Beginnings on Friday Gilion asks us to simply “share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book that caught your fancy and you want to highlight.” MY BOOK BEGINNING I was born in a harem in 1940 Fez, a ninth-century M ..read more
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Library Loot Rides Again
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by maphead
7M ago
Same old story. Even though there’s a towering pile of library books by my bed I couldn’t stop myself from dropping by the public library and grabbing a few more. Yes, as we all know when it comes to library books I have absolutely no self control. But this time I limited myself to just two books. Maybe I’m finally developing some self-restraint. Naw, probably not.  Dreams Of Trespass: Tales Of A Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi  (1994) – I’m a sucker for Middle Eastern memoirs. I consider countries of North Africa part of the Greater Middle East (Middle East and North ..read more
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20 Books of Summer: How Civil Wars Start by Barbara F. Walter
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by maphead
7M ago
Political scientist turned best-selling author Barbara F. Walter has spent the last year and a half making the rounds of some of my favorite podcasts (most recently on Rick Wilson’s The Enemies List) promoting her much talked about 2022 book How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them. Equal parts frightened and fascinated by what she’s been saying about the growing risk of political violence in America I vowed to read her book. Recently, much to my surprise I happened to spot a copy of How Civil Wars Start at my small town public library. Taking advantage of my good fortune I of course bo ..read more
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Book Beginnings: Isis by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan
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by maphead
7M ago
Not only does Gilion host the European Reading and TBR 23 in 23 on her Rose City Reader blog but also Book Beginnings on Friday. While I’m no stranger to her European Reading Challenge, last year I decided to finally participate in Book Beginnings on Friday. This week I’m back with another post. For Book Beginnings on Friday Gilion asks us to simply “share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book that caught your fancy and you want to highlight.” MY BOOK BEGINNING “Rush O Muslims to your state. Yes, it is your state. Rush, because Syria is ..read more
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20 Books of Summer: Falling off the Edge by Alex Perry
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by maphead
7M ago
I chose to read Alex Perry’s 2008 Falling off the Edge: Travels Through the Dark Heart of Globalization when I came across a copy at my small town public library because it deals with international politics. But also because I have a habit of grabbing library books I’m unfamiliar with and/or are older. Falling off the Edge looks like the kinda book a few people might have checked out when it was new but since then has spent the last 15 years or so ignored on the shelf. Thanks to the public library I’ve been exploring overlooked and forgotten books for years. Some have been memoirs like&nb ..read more
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The Return of Library Loot
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by maphead
7M ago
Same old story. Even though I wanted to spend the summer working my way through a big stack of books from my personal library for the 20 Books of Summer and Big Books Summer reading challenges I could not stop myself from grabbing extra stuff from the public library. The result is a towering pile of books I’d like to read and apply towards a number of reading challenges including the European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge and Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. Yes, as we all know when it comes to library books I have absolutely no self control.  ISIS: I ..read more
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20 Books of Summer: The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Maphead's Book Blog » Arab World
by maphead
7M ago
After having good luck with Chris Bohjalian’s Skeletons at the Feast back in March I figured I’d explore more of his fiction. His 2012 historical novel The Sandcastle Girls seemed the logical choice since it’s set in the Middle East during World War I against the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide. As one would expect it’s a sad book. But like Skeletons at the Feast set in Poland and Germany during the last months of World War II there’s enough intriguing characters, suspense and exotic locales combined with a touch of romance to make it a descent novel. It’s 1915 and Europe and ..read more
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