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Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Shafak has published thirteen books, nine of which are novels. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English. Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep inte
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My interest in Sufism began when I was a college student. At the time I was a rebellious young woman who liked to wrap several shawls of "-isms" around her shoulders: I was a leftist, feminist, nihilist, environmentalist, anarcho-pacifist.... I wasn't interested in any religion and the difference between "religiosity" and "spirituality" was lost to me. Having spent some time of my childhood wit... Read more of this blog post »
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"I think the ancient art of storytelling is about building connections between things, places, and people that might seem different at first glance. It is all about connections." ...More

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Ustam ve Ben by Elif Shafak
“Some cities you go to because you want to; some cities you go to because they want you to.”
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“Most of the problems of the world stem from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstandings. Don't ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.”
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“You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for Him: in the heart of a true lover.”
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“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven't loved enough.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“حياتك حافلة، مليئة، كاملة، أو هكذا يخيل إليك، حتى يظهر فيها شخص يجعلك تدرك ما كنت تفتقده طوال هذا الوقت.
مثل مرآة تعكس الغائب لا الحاضر، تريك الفراغ فى روحك، الفراغ الذى كنت تقاوم رؤيته.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“Books change us. Books save us. I know this because it happened to me.”
Elif Shafak

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The Swan Thieves The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova by Elizabeth Kostova

Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
 
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Someone Else's Love Story Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson by Joshilyn Jackson

At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.
 
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Ashley Bell Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz by Dean Koontz

At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn.
 
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The Forty Rules of Love The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak by Elif Shafak

In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her 2007 novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz—that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.
 
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Fluke Fluke Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore by Christopher Moore

Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals. Until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite me.
 
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The River of No Return The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway by Bee Ridgway

Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Lord Nicholas Falcott wakes up in twenty-first-century London. The Guild, a secretive fraternity of time travelers, informs him that there is no return. But Nick yearns for the beautiful Julia Percy, who remains in 1815. As fate and the fraying fabric of time draw Nick and Julia together once again, the lovers must match wits and gamble their hearts against the rules of time itself.
 
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See Me See Me by Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.
 
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“Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“Little did she know that this was going to be not just any book, but the book that changed her life. In the time she was reading it, her life would be rewritten.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“I hunt everywhere for a life worth living and a knowledge worth knowing. Having roots nowhere, I have everywhere to go.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“Moments are born and moments die. For new experiences to come to life, old ones need to wither away.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“A saint belongs to all humanity.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love




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