Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Storyteller’s Daughter – by Saira Shah

The Storyteller’s Daughter – by Saira Shah; copyright 2003 by Saira Shah. A Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and Random House of Canada, Limited, Toronto. Originally published 2003 by Penguin Books, Ltd., London.

The author’s talent is in finding a voice which can soothe and the perplexity to relate to the dual, and duelling natures of a woman trying to concile the reality of her birth-country upbringing, versus the peoplehood and nation of her ancestry, which is also so much a part of her. So much of this book is relatable — her journeys back to her roots and the stories held in her heart.

The help with which she did wish to aid her fellow man (or woman, as this case so pertains) has reached its spiritual recipient in the publishing and telling of her own story. In inexplicable ways, it provided healing for an immediate need and longer-term balm through the mystical revelation bequeathed to a sister in a Jewish soul.

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Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis – by John R. Bradley

Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis – by John R. Bradley. First published 2005 by Palgrave MacMillan, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 10010 and Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England RG216XS. Copyright 2005 by John R. Bradley.

One of the most interesting books I’ve read; full of relevant information from a British citizen who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia as a journalist for Arab News. He was educated at University College, London; Dartmouth College, and Exeter College, Oxford and speaks Arabic. The book reads like a daily journal in book form. Amazing.

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