Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life

At the end of the first section of Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life, Sayed Kashua recounts a telephone call he received from a stranger in 2007. As a Palestinian writer living in Jerusalem, Kashua had a platform that not many Palestinians in Israel are afforded: he had a weekly column in Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.Continue reading “Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life”

Quickies: I Want to Show You More & The Guy’s Guide to Feminism

I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro Publisher/Year: Grove Press, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 224 Source: Publisher via NetGalley What it is: A collection short stories, many of which have elements of fantasy or center on the subject of infidelity. Why I read it: In this case, my awesomely scientific method behind choosing this book amounted to,”I feel like readingContinue reading “Quickies: I Want to Show You More & The Guy’s Guide to Feminism”

Quickies: Purple Hibiscus & Blasphemy

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Publisher/Year: Recorded Books, 2011 (book first published in 2003) Format: Audiobook Length: 10 hours, 53 minutes Narrated by: Lisette Lecat Source: Library What it is: Kambali is a privileged, 15-year-old Nigerian girl growing up under the harsh rule of her abusive father, a well-respected man in their community. A brief stay at her aunt’sContinue reading “Quickies: Purple Hibiscus & Blasphemy”

Second Person Singular

The lawyer, one of the nameless narrators of Second Person Singular, seems to have it all: he’s one of the best Arab criminal attorneys working in Jerusalem, and he’s treated with respect in a city where Arabs are often disenfranchised. The lawyer is always trying to improve himself, and of the of the ways heContinue reading “Second Person Singular”

Quickies: The Plague of Doves & A Confederacy of Dunces

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich Audiobook Publisher/Year: HarperAudio, 2009 Narrators: Peter Francis James & Kathleen McInerney Source: Library What it is: The brutal murder of a white family on a farm in North Dakota sends an angry group of men out to the nearby Ojibwe reservation in search of the murderer. The injustice of what happens willContinue reading “Quickies: The Plague of Doves & A Confederacy of Dunces”