Archive for June, 2013

Title: West of the Jordan Author: Laila Halaby Genre: Literary fiction Length: 220 pages Library: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Main Challenge: 2013 Middle East Reading Challenge Summary: Four cousins, native to the West Bank, with various experiences of America, contemplate their lives and possible futures. Analysis: In her examination of what it means to be both Arab and American, […]


Another month of heavy reading, light reviewing. At least I finished one! My main task in May was to get cracking on reading books for the 2013 Middle East Reading Challenge, since I hadn’t read anything for it yet. I finished three, am halfway through a handful more, and have plenty of leads for further […]