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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...

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The House With a Sunken Courtyard

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.

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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

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The Second Arab Awakening

Adeed Dawisha’s new book examines why democracy has historically failed to take hold in the Middle East, and contemplates the current and future role of Islamists.

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Dreams of His Father

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.

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Surviving History

What would it be like to discover Anne Frank, that most beloved and celebrated victim of the Holocaust, living in your attic?

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Ha Ha, Another Midlife Crisis

Howard Jacobson’s novel “No More Mr. Nice Guy” travels well-worn territory: the male midlife crisis in search of laughs.

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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, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, New York Press, (Raleigh) News & Observer, San Antonio Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), Tennessean and Washington City Paper. Longer reviews and essays have been published in magazines such as the Barnes & Noble Review, Bookforum, Books & Culture, Brooklyn Rail, Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books and Paste. He has recently begun circulating his fiction, with short stories appearing in literary journals The Vehicle and Clarion, and is currently at work on a novel.

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