Search Results: "Rashid al-Daif"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MR. KAWABATA by Rashid al-Daif
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"In other words, whenever (Rashid) al-Daif isn't lecturing Kawabata (and us), he proves himself an impressively gifted novelist."
The civil war between the 1970s and early '90s in Lebanon provides both background and theme for this simultaneously impassioned and discursive story, presented as the delusional monologue of Rashid, a Lebanese revolutionary who is mortally wounded during the war's final days. Read full book review >

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THIS SIDE OF INNOCENCE by Rashid al-Daif
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"But so little is revealed (we know only that it's set during Lebanon's recent civil war), that the reader's sympathies are never fully engaged—and it all seems to add up to little more than a rather pointless exercise in fictional technique."
Kafka's The Trial and Koestler's Darkness at Noon lie squarely behind this bleak 1997 novel by the Lebanese author of the recently translated Dear Mr. Kawabata (2000). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2012

"Rashid's concluding advice, although reasonable, requires too many leaders to come to their senses, but readers will welcome this insider's lucid, expert account of a disaster in the making."
In this grim but insightful sequel to Descent into Chaos (2008), veteran Pakistani journalist Rashid's outlook is perfectly expressed by the title of that earlier overview. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Useful if discomfiting reading for State Department types—and, perhaps, us all."
The "current course of the Bush administration in the Middle East is a doomed one," writes Khalidi (Arab Studies/Columbia Univ.; Palestinian Identity, 1997). Read full book review >

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Released: May 28, 2013

"A harrowing yet hopeful story of modern-day religious persecution."
A heartfelt memoir of Muslim-on-Muslim discrimination and oppression. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A must for those who appreciate satire, poetry and brevity."
More than mere entertainment, these poems are bite-size nutritious bits for your brain packed into a debut book from Osmani that can be devoured in one sitting. Read full book review >

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Beneath A Shooting Star by Susan Harrison Rashid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An absorbing tale of Muslim women taking their destinies into their own hands."
Two Pakistani women have their friendship challenged by sectarian division, violence, and sexism in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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SCRATCH PROGRAMMING PLAYGROUND by Al  Sweigart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An impressive manual for achieving Scratch programming mastery and creating genuinely entertaining games. (Nonfiction. 8-adult)"
A Scratch guide that goes beyond basic games and into some instructional depth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 1992

"So consider buying the book, displaying it, and hoping for the best."
Senator Gore (Tennessee), who was known as the environmental candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination last time around, says here that he strayed from that concentration when pollsters steered him onto other issues—and that he now has redirected himself to saving the earth. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE by Al Gore
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion."
A tour de force of Big Picture thinking in which the former vice president gets his inner wonk on. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Roker's account will interest readers who previously knew nothing about the Galveston hurricane. However, Isaac's Storm is not out of date and deserves its place as the recommended version."
Today weather anchor Roker (Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle for Good, 2012, etc.) recounts the hurricane that leveled Galveston, Texas, during September 1900, killing an estimated 10,000 people.Read full book review >