Culture Shock

Half the sky

Nicholas Kristof


Nine parts of desire : the hidden world of Islamic women / Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks.

Nonfiction, History

With a New Afterword As a prizewinning foreign correspondent forThe Wall Street Journal, Geraldine Brooks spent six years covering the Middle East through wars, insurrections, and the volcanic upheaval of resurgent fundamentalism. Yet for her, headline events were only the backdrop to a less obvious but more enduring drama: the daily life of Muslim women.Nine Parts of Desireis the story of Brooks' intrepid journey toward an understanding of the w...

In the kingdom of men : a novel

Kim Barnes.

Historical Fiction

From the award-winning author of "A Country Called Home," a richly imagined new novel about a young woman who leaves the dusty farmland of 1960s Oklahoma to follow her husband to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and finds wealth, glamour, American privilege, and corruption.

Princess : a true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia

Jean Sasson.

Nonfiction, Biography

A Saudi woman discusses what life is like for women in her country, describing how women are sold into marriage to men five times their age, are treated as their husbands' slaves, and are often murdered for the slightest transgression.

Princess Sultana's daughters

Jean Sasson.

Nonfiction, Biography

The haunting sequel to "Princess" recounts Princess Sultana's story of her two daughters, growing up within and rebelling against religious zeal and the male-dominated society of Saudi Arabia. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Princess Sultana's circle

Jean Sasson.

Biography, Nonfiction

With Princess Sultana's Circle, the extraordinary story of Princess Sultana continues. The forced marriage of Sultana's niece to a cruel and depraved older man, and Sultana's discovery of the harem of sex slaves kept by a royal cousin, makes this brave royal princess more determined that ever to fight the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia.Princess Sultana's cause is given an extra sense of urgency against the background of increased dissent aga...

Inside the kingdom : my life in Saudi Arabia

Carmen Bin Ladin ; [written in collaboration with Ruth Marshall].

Biography, Nonfiction

Osama bin Laden's former sister-in-law provides a penetrating, unusually inti- mate look into Saudi soci-ety and the bin Laden family's role within it, as well as the treatment of Saudi women. On September 11th, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinctively knew that her ex-brother-in-law was involved in these hor-rifying acts of terrorism, and her heart went out to America. She also knew that her l...

Not without my daughter

Betty Mahmoody with William Hoffer.

Nonfiction, Biography

Dreamers of the day : a novel

Mary Doria Russell.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

"I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling, even to me. Nevertheless, I am sure of this much: My little story has become your history. You won't really understand your times until you understand mine." So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin, the charmingly diffident narrator of Mary Doria Russell's compelling new novel,Dreamers of the Day.And what is Miss Shanklin's "little story?" Nothing less than t...

Lie down with lions

by Ken Follett.

Thriller, Literary Fiction

Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman. They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan - to the moment of truth and deadly decision for all of them... "A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping an...

The Bookseller of Kabul

Asne Seierstad

Biography, Nonfiction

With The Bookseller of Kabul, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad has given readers a first-hand look at Afghani life as few outsiders have seen it. Invited to live with Sultan Khan, a bookseller in Kabul, and his family for months, this account of her experience allows the Khans to speak for themselves, giving us a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and of a country of great cultural riches and extreme contradictions. For mo...