What Jean Sasson is Currently Reading

The photo of is my gold library holding many of my antique books on the Middle East, including Egypt.

Disfigured, A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph over Violence by Rania al-Baz (A Saudi woman who worked in Saudi television who was beaten nearly to the death by her jealous husband for having a business telephone conversation with a male colleague. Her struggles to find someone to help her and to maintain contact with her children is a roller-coaster ride. Tragic tale.)

A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Woman who Dared Raise her Voice by Malalai Joya (One of the bravest women living on this earth who is battling the evil system of warlords and discrimination against women in Afghanistan. I believe that Malalai Joya should be nominated for Woman of the Year, or Time Person of the Year. She amazes me!)

Khul-Khaal, Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories by Nayra Atiya (Just now reading this one but always lovely to hear the realities of life for ordinary women in Egypt, one of my favorite countries filled with mainly very special people.)

Paramedic to the Prince: An American Paramedic's Account of LIfe Inside the Mysterious World of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Patrick Tom Notestine (Fabulous book with lots of information only a paramedic who once worked for King Abdullah might know! Highly recommended.)

Dr. Lark by Bill Larkworthy (An amazing British doctor who has lots of enjoyable tales to share -- not all of them in the Middle East.)

The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (This is a wonderfully researched book on 9/11 and I have read it twice. HIGHLY recommended.)

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda by Peter Bergen (Peter Bergen is well-known for his expertise on this subject.)

Books of interest unrelated to the Middle East or Muslim Women:

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel & Bret Wiher (The men who tried to save the art work stolen by the Nazis during their sadistic regime of murder, mayhem, and thievery.)

Catherine The Great by Robert K. Massie (A great writer. I read everything he writes as I have a big interest in Russia. Only about half way finished with this one but it is a great read.)

Worth Fighting for: Lisa Niem Swayze (A hearbreaking story of loss by a lovely woman whose only concern was for the love of her life, Patrick Swayze. This books makes one hate cancer and long for a cure to this nasty disease that takes so many lives.)

Gabby: A story of Courage and Hope by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly (Gabrielle Giffords is my hero. If only everyone in Washington would conduct themseleves with her kind of dignity, all of America would be a better place. And Mark Kelly is "the man!" He is sensible and loving and I came away filled with admiration for him.)

Elizabeth The Queen by Sally Bedell Smith (I'm not a royalist but this is a good & fun read and I have learned so much about the daily routine of the members of the royal family, and found the queen to be much more likable than I had ever imagined.)

Prince Phillip by Philip Eade (A really entertaining book once you get past the first 20 or 30 pages where you get bogged down by so many different characters in this family that your head is spinning. I had to make a list of Phillip's HUGE extended family! I never cared for Prince Phillip as the media has always attacked him, but I found him to be a great guy that has devoted his life to his queen and wife. He has a very entertaining personality, as well.)

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