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The Unique Necklace: Al-'Iqd Al-Farid, Volume I
A great English translation of the first 4? segments of this important book. I think that this is the first time it has been translated into English. ...more
Jun 08, 2008
Feb 21, 2010
An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar of the Language
Very strange book. Namely, that it takes a Iranian perspective on the Arabic language and that the content is almost completely written in English. I ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
Serendipities: Language and Lunacy
Warning: this book is heavy on linguistic theory. He starts with the premise that serendipitious discoveries can happen from false ideas, then jumps s ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction
There is some great writing here, but it's like the Nortons Anthology of Arabic Fiction: ridiculous to try and read straight through. Some of the tran ...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
Diné: A History of the Navajos
The is the most comprehensive history of the Dine I've encountered. It shows both sides of issues, and seems fairly objective also... I was given this ...more
Oct 2013
Dec 21, 2013
This thing is so clever, and hateable. Its funny, really funny and it seems like there is something in this book to piss off everyone, deliberately. I ...more
Dec 05, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence (Culture & Education) (Culture & Education Series)
Baudrillard does a more interesting take on the Disney experience that seems more relevant.

Its not that his arguments are wrong. My principle complai
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Wolves of the Crescent Moon
Admittedly, I only got a third into it. It didnt even seem remotely realistic, or like anything I've ever seen. More than anything else the impression ...more
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Aug 20, 2009
Saraya: The Ogre's Daughter: a Palestinian Fairy Tale
This book isn't Kiterunner. It's a lyrical W.Burroughsy ramble, sort of like 2 older men talking to each other in Habibi's head. The references might ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
This book is very good for the Propranda Model that Chomsky posits. It's an illuminating yardstick on the media. Chomsky write the book so the languag ...more
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Jun 27, 2009
The Syntax of Spoken Arabic
I gave this book 3 stars because it compares colloquial arabics, as there are few books that do this- the book has merit.
The weaknesses are: (1) her r
Oct 15, 2010
Aug 31, 2009
Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2)
Cayce goes to America. Different character, country, themes- same basic plot development, essential personalities- minus humor. Sad, because I was rea ...more
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Sep 16, 2010
Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language

A short honest book about monolingual vs. bilingual social forces. I think that this book is insightful in that it addresses the social realities of l
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Feb 20, 2010
A Death in the Family
I found this book so seductively easy and lush. It took some time to really get into what he says and understand it because he doenst just spell it bu ...more
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Jun 27, 2009
Experience and Education
Im giving this 5 stars because he managed to state his positions in 91 pages! I loved the concise page length of the book. PLUS, as I read this book I ...more
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in what the future might hold as far as tech is concerned, especially in connection with municipaliti ...more
Nov 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Nightmare Abbey
I read this book by accident. I was writing a paper on Elliot, found and picked it up, then couldnt put it down. The dusty language after the first pa ...more
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Aug 20, 2009
The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
Great book on diseases. Each chapter is organized around a specific desease or historic outbreak, so linear reading isnt required. It's a great book o ...more
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Jul 02, 2009
Splendours of an Islamic World: The Art and Architecture of the Mamluks
The strength of this book is the photographs. I have found few books that focus on the craftsmanship of the Mamluk dynasty in Cairo. This book is one ...more
Oct 2012
Dec 23, 2013
Secret Passages and Hiding-Places
Not literature, but the book is interesting. Now I know where all the ideas of secret passages, staircases, holes, dwarves, and "journeys to the cente ...more
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Sep 13, 2010
The Brothers Karamazov
Dostoevsky is hard, but worth it. This book changed me when I read it. That doesnt happen often. It took me a long time to read this, but for me it be ...more
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Jun 27, 2009
Kate O Shanter's Tale And Other Poems
The older I get it seems the less poetry I can stomach, but this is really good. Best football poem "jim leighton" Ive ever read. At first the Scots d ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
Revolution of Everyday Life
Debord is more coherent. This book seemed more full of trite slogans, chants for revolution. Its not more accessible, its dense. PLUS, he wrote it say ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Sep 11, 2009
But N Ben A Go Go
A really well written novel. Probably the most fun thing Ive read so far this year.

Sample: "He poued himsel owre the rocks wi aw the virr left in him
Jul 24, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Calligrapher's Secret
The descriptions, the dialogue, the writing are great. More importantly, the writer is highlighting a very real and important issue about the Arabic l ...more
Jul 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Meditations on Quixote
The Preliminary Meditation seems more like Ortega's 1914 love letter to Germany. The First Meditation though is excellent, and discusses Cervantes pla ...more
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Sep 16, 2010
Cool, Calm, and Confident: A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Assertiveness Skills

Great workbook for teachers especially in the elementary setting with sociological activities for assertiveness in children. Geared for the elementary
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Jul 06, 2011
Midges in Scotland
My favorite line: "In copula, as they say, the male's abdomen undergoes gradually strengthening contractions followed by a male-initiated separation i ...more
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Sep 16, 2010
The Sorrows of Young Werther
I think that this book influenced so much. At one point of the book I was even seeing "Heathcliff" in one of the characters. What an ending!
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Aug 20, 2009
Saracen Chronicles
The blurb describing this book doesn't match what this book is about. It is a collection of essays by Goytisolo on the semitic influence in historical ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
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