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The Others

Written by Seba Al-Herz


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-871-5 (1-58322-871-3)

A best-selling book when it appeared in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a window into one of the most repressive societies in the world. Seba al-Herz tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls’ school in the heavily Shi’ite Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beirut Blues

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47382-8 (0-385-47382-6)

With the acclaim won by her first two novels, Hanan al-Shaykh established herself as the Arab world’s foremost woman writer. Beirut Blues, published to similar acclaim, further confirms her place in Arabic literature, and brings her writing to a new, groundbreaking level.

The daring fragmented structure of this epistolary novel mirrors the... Read more >
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I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49127-3 (0-385-49127-1)

By the author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, this is a collection of 17 short stories about contemporary Arab women. In the stories—11 of which appear here in English translations for the first time—al-Shaykh expands her horizons beyond the boundaries of Lebanon, taking readers throughout the Middle East, to Africa... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Locust and the Bird
My Mother's Story
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47231-1 (0-307-47231-0)

“One of the most daring female writers of the Middle East” (San Francisco Chronicle) gives us an extraordinary work of nonfiction: an account of her mother’s remarkable life, at the core of which is a tale of undying love.

In a masterly act of literary transformation, Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Thousand and One Nights
A Retelling
Translated by Hanan al-Shaykh
Foreword by Mary Gaitskill


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95886-0 (0-307-95886-8)

Gathered and passed down over the centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. They are related... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Only in London

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72121-9 (0-385-72121-8)

Four strangers meet on a turbulent flight from Dubai to London: Amira, a canny Moroccan prostitute; Lamis, a 30-year old Iraqi divorcee; Nicholas, an English expert on Islamic art; and Samir, a Lebanese man who is delivering a monkey on a mission he doesn’t fully understand. Once safely on British soil... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of Zahra
A Novel
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 15, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47206-7 (0-385-47206-4)

The haunting story of a woman’s troubled journey from South Lebanon, to West Africa, to Beirut in search of sanctuary from violence is “sure to change any simple preconceptions about the Muslim women of today.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Translated by Peter Ford.

The Story of Zahra is a classic by any standards.”—Village... Read more >

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Women of Sand and Myrrh
A Novel
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42358-8 (0-385-42358-6)

The Arab world's leading female novelist tells the story of four women struggling within the confines of a society which treats them to every luxury-but not to freedom. Translated by Catherine Cobham. Read more >
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The Hakawati

Written by Rabih Alameddine


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38627-4 (0-307-38627-9)

In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and... Read more >
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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Written by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58967-5 (0-307-58967-6)

“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Season of the Rainbirds

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80282-8 (0-345-80282-9)

From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Aslam’s exquisite first novel, the powerful story of a secluded Pakistani village after the murder of its corrupt and prominent judge.

Judge Anwar’s murder sets the people of the village on edge. Their anxieties are compounded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sand Queen

Written by Helen Benedict


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-966-7 (1-56947-966-6)

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady joined the army to bring honor to her family and democracy to the Middle East. Instead, she finds herself in a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003, guarding a makeshift American prison. There, Kate meets Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and little brother... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Arabian Nights
Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
Translated by Richard Burton
Introduction by A.S. Byatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75675-7 (0-375-75675-2)

Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Algerian White
A Narrative
Written by Assia Djebar
Translated by David Kelley and Marjolijn de Jager


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-516-5 (1-58322-516-1)

In Algerian White, Assia Djebar weaves a tapestry of the epic and bloody ongoing struggle in her country between Islamic fundamentalism and the post-colonial civil society. Many Algerian writers and intellectuals have died tragically and violently since the 1956 struggle for independence. They include three beloved friends of Djebar: Mahfoud Boucebi... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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So Vast the Prison
A Novel
Written by Assia Djebar
Translated by Betsy Wing


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-067-2 (1-58322-067-4)

So Vast the Prison is the double-threaded story of a modern, educated Algerian woman existing in a man’s society, and, not surprisingly, living a life of contradictions. Djebar, too, tackles cross-cultural issues just by writing in French of an Arab society (the actual act of writing contrasting with the strong oral... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry
Algerian Stories
Written by Assia Djebar
Translated by Tegan Raleigh


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-787-9 (1-58322-787-3)

What happens when catastrophe becomes an everyday occurrence? Each of the seven stories in Assia Djebar’s The Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry reaches into the void where normal and impossible realities coexist. All the stories were written in 1995 and 1996–a time when, by official accounts, some two hundred thousand... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Colonel
A Novel
Written by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Translated by Tom Patterdale


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-132-4 (1-61219-132-0)

A new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today

Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel—so powerful it’s banned in Iran—tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes.

It begins on a pitch black, rainy night, when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Funny in Farsi
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6837-8 (0-8129-6837-9)

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005

Selected for Common Reading
Abilene Christian University
Albuquerque Academy's Year-long Project
Bunker Hill Community College
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Laughing Without an Accent
Adventures of a Global Citizen
Written by Firoozeh Dumas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49957-8 (0-345-49957-3)

Selected for the 2010 Common Reading Program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth
Selected for The Big Read: New Hampshire–2010


In the bestselling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

Written by Fabio Geda


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74382-4 (0-307-74382-9)

What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?

In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life... Read more >

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Passionate Nomad
The Life of Freya Stark
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75746-4 (0-375-75746-5)

Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Written by Sarah Glidden


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2234-5 (1-4012-2234-X)

When Sarah Glidden took a “Birthright Israel” tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren’t quite so simple. How To Understand Israel is Sarah’s memoir not only of her Israeli government sponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem... Read more >

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All Russians Love Birch Trees

Written by Olga Grjasnova


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-584-6 (1-59051-584-6)

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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West of the Jordan
A Novel
Written by Laila Halaby


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8359-8 (0-8070-8359-3)

This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Written by Mohammed Hanif


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94894-6 (0-307-94894-3)

Mohammed Hanif delivers a shockingly funny new novel set in steaming Karachi, about second chances, thwarted ambitions and love found in the most unlikely places.

The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle. Alice Bhatti may be just what they’re looking for. She’s the daughter of a... Read more >
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