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Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World
Excellent book. It has the layout of a children's book, but the content is too complete and interesting to validate that pigeonhole. The portraits are...more
Apr 16, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
I have just been having my daughter and I watch the tv mini-series based on this book; both because of Obama's historic inauguration coming up, and be...more
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Jan 12, 2009
Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game
Kim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply too...more
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Sep 13, 2009
The Septembers of Shiraz
Wow, highly recommend this.

Great works resemble diamonds (one of the main characters is a jeweler) - when opened, they sparkle with intact brilliance...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
The Tehran Conviction (Jack Teller, #3)
Will mull my review..

Initially: I liked the way the protaganist was with women for the most part, a lot.

The ideas discussed in this novel are fascina...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Granta Book of India
Blood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.

My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psych...more
Mar 26, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
I'm watching 'Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,' and he talks about right after 9/11, he realized - oh goodness, what do I do with my cu...more
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Mar 08, 2009
The Great Divide: Britain, India, Pakistan
Hodson was born in Edmonton, London.[1:] He was later a member of the Economic Advisory Council and Editor of The Round Table from 1934-1939. He was D...more
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Feb 25, 2009
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
His masterpiece, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian (ISBN 0-201-15576-1), published in 1951, put him on the short list of great Indian English wri...more
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Jan 17, 2009
Sacred Games
Seems like potentially the perfect antidote to my current conundrum of hard-to-read Great Literature ala my daughter's class, and tedious Mom-sourced...more
Feb 26, 2010
Jan 17, 2009
Descent into Chaos: The United States & the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Central Asia
Great review by Dalrymple here:


This is a magnificent work of enormous importance, laying bare the multitudes...more
Apr 25, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Things I've Been Silent About: Memories
This book is three complete contents, perfectly interspersed. One: a loving immersion into Persian literature from ancient to modern days, as well as...more
May 30, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Moorish Spain
I think I purchased this due to a mention by Josh Marshall on his talkingpointsmemo website a few years ago. He's a history buff, and I believe he lis...more
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Feb 11, 2009
Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
Interesting.. Slant-awareness would have to be a big part of reading this. I wonder if he talks about the part of it having to do with religion - the...more
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Apr 17, 2009
When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood
First came across because the writer of this is the nephew of Mark Harris, who wrote 'Southpaw' and 'Bang the Drum Slowly'. And then though, this just...more
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Apr 17, 2009
Cracking India
Almost was thinking to read this now, because I just watched Aamir Khan in 'Earth' again today, an excellent telling of these events. But.. the tone d...more
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Sep 27, 2009
The Wonder That Was India

from wikipedia:

Arthur Llewellyn Basham was born on May 24, 1914, in Loughton, Essex, the son of Abraham Arthur Edward Basham and Maria Jane Basham née...more
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Jan 17, 2009
For my daughter's World Literature class, and looks fascinating.. I don't know if her class will be having a lecture on Egypt to help with all the rel...more
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Sep 18, 2009
Topi Shukla

From Wikipedia:
Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza, born in Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh (India) in a Muslim family, was a famous Urdu shayar. He also won the F...more
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Jan 17, 2009
The Muslim Discovery of Europe
Apparently it will be necessary to read this book with a filter, so that the true parts get in and the unsupported conclusions and stereotypes etc.. r...more
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Jan 11, 2009
Beyond the Cayenne Wall: Collection of Short Stories
Shaila has a new book releasing, and is doing a book give-away for that.
In the meantime, this looks really interesting! Not at MPL though, drat. Or t...more
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Apr 23, 2009
A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency
If were to be able to stand it, and were useful, would be good to know these details. The Dubai ports deal? Duh.. what's that? Eek..
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Jul 25, 2009
The Places in Between
Certain structural things about this bug me from the initial info available, but some of the content might be worth it.
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Mar 06, 2009
The Raj Quartet
the heart of the monster, apparently.. Will read when am fully fortified and of strong constitution.
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Feb 08, 2009
The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan
Interview with the Author on Tehelka, sounds very interesting..
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Sep 08, 2009
Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
Geraldine Brooks' husband? And content of interest plus lots of positive reviews? Must find and read!!
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Mar 02, 2009
Turkey, complication of Islam, Nobel; impossible writing style, misogyny; hmmm... we'll see.
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Mar 20, 2009
On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia
I realize this is a reprint of a book first released in 1993, sounds very fascinating nonetheless.
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Apr 02, 2009
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
also sounds interesting.. lots to think about regarding reactions to his work, etc..
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Feb 07, 2009
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Sounds really interesting, might like the documentary better as the subject is so visual.
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Mar 08, 2009
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