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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Post your nominations here for the January group reads. A significant portion of the book must be set in the featured location. We will be reading a selection set in the country of Pakistan, a translated book from a female writer, and a memoir from a writer from Australia or Oceania.

Pakistan*:
Nominate a book set in Pakistan.
Pakistan Book List: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Pakistan Bookshelf: https://www.goodreads.com/group/books...

Translated female writer
Nominate a translated book from an Afro-Asiatic or African native language. Examples of Afro-Asiatic languages include Amharic, Aramaic. Arabic, Berber, Hausa, Hebrew, and Somali languages. Examples of African native languages include Fulani, Igbo, Manding, Oromo, Swahili, and Yoruba.

World Memoirs
Nominate a memoir or autobiography from an author from Oceania (Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia, or Polynesia). Countries and islands in this region include Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaiian Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Island, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and other islands in this region.

For a list of books we have read in previous months, click here: Previously Read Group Read Books

*For our featured world country selection (this month it is Pakistan): If the book selected by popular vote is not written by a native or resident author, the book written by a native author with the highest votes will also be selected, resulting in two book selections for that country.


message 2: by Missy J (new)

Missy J (missyj333) | 229 comments For Pakistan, I would like to nominate Shame by Salman Rushdie.


message 3: by Missy J (last edited Dec 09, 2018 12:45AM) (new)

Missy J (missyj333) | 229 comments For World Memoirs, I nominate A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey


message 4: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Dec 09, 2018 02:49PM) (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Here are links of Arab women writers (not all write in Arabic):

http://www.arabwomenwriters.com/
https://bookriot.com/2017/01/06/100-r...
https://arablit.org/2014/03/22/7-saud...

Here are a couple articles and lists about Israeli female authors writing in Hebrew.
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/...
https://www.heyalma.com/7-female-isra...


message 5: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1008 comments For Pakistan, I nominate A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif.


message 6: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 619 comments For Pakistan, I nominate The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa

For translated female writer, I nominate The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (translated from the Arabic)


message 7: by Mome_Rath (last edited Dec 09, 2018 08:48PM) (new)

Mome_Rath | 1319 comments Good nominations so far. I enjoyed both A Case of Exploding Mangoes and The Queue. There are plenty of awesome choices for both Pakistani literature and female authors translated from African or Afro-Asiatic languages.

I'll throw a nomination out for memoirs from Oceania, though: A Pattern Of Islands by Arthur Grimble was an amusing memoir from a British official stationed in the islands that became Kiribati.


message 8: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1008 comments For translated female author, I nominate One Night, Markovitch by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Translated from Hebrew.


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message 10: by Ann (new)

Ann Rahfeldt | 15 comments For Pakistan I nominate The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.


message 11: by Anna (new)

Anna Halabi | 3 comments Here is an entertaining collection of short stories by a female Syrian author about Syrian women: Syrian Brides

Diane wrote: "Here are links of Arab women writers (not all write in Arabic):

http://www.arabwomenwriters.com/
https://bookriot.com/2017/01/06/100-r......"



message 12: by Liz (new)

Liz (liz_alva) | 7 comments For Pakistan, I’d like to nominate ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ by Mohammed Hanif https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...


message 13: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Nominations will close at midnight EST tonight.


message 14: by Mome_Rath (new)

Mome_Rath | 1319 comments I noticed there aren't many memoirs from Oceania that have been nominated. There are other choices out there, if folks want to look at lists like:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

As a reminder, since the theme is memoirs/autobiographies, only some books on the lists linked here are eligible.


message 15: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3015 comments For memoirs, I would like to nominate this book from Australia, The Road from Coorain: A Woman's Exquisitely Clear-Sighted Memoir of Growing Up Australian by Jill Ker Conway.


message 16: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Fatin wrote: "Here is an entertaining collection of short stories by a female Syrian author about Syrian women: Syrian Brides

Diane wrote: "Here are links of Arab women writers (not all write in..."


Sorry this book does not qualify since it is written in English and not translated.


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