Rayyan Al-Shawaf is a writer and book critic based in Beirut and Brummana, Lebanon. His book reviews have appeared in such North American newspapers as The Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Christian Science Monitor, (Toronto) Globe and Mail, Miami Herald,...
The narrator of this Korean novel recalls the year that his family spent living alongside four other struggling families in the cramped quarters of a formerly grand old house in the wake of the Korean War.
In “Stranger to History,” a memoir recounting Aatish Taseer’s travels through several predominantly Muslim countries, Pakistan emerges much worse after an attempt to “fix” it, a project that also eventually leads to the killing of the author’s father.
Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband and wife and both seasoned journalists, have written a realistic—although perhaps not totally impartial—assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on their observations during eight years in Israel.