In partnership with The Neverending Bookshop, we are pleased to share with you our book club, In Someone Else’s Shoes! Through a variety of literary styles, we will read a book each month which is written by an author from a culture and point of view that are underrepresented in our literary landscape in the US. These points of view will be explored in a variety of genres and writing styles. The books will be voted on by poll on the Facebook group and presented at each meeting.

The book club meets at The Neverending Bookshop on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2 PM. We also record the meetings over Facebook Live in our group, so you can join us from all over the world! You can find the current book description in the calendar here and on our Facebook group. Everyone is welcome, however the subject matter of some of the books is more appropriate for older teens and adults.

Our current selection for the meeting on March 17th is I Want to Get Married!: One Wannabe Bride’s Misadventures with Handsome Houdinis, Technicolor Grooms, Morality Police, and Other Mr. Not Quite Rights by Ghada Abdel Aal.

“The rules may differ from country to country, but the dating game is a universal constant.

After years of searching for Mr. Right in living-room meetings arranged by family or friends, Ghada Abdel Aal, a young Egyptian professional, decided to take to the blogosphere to share her experiences and vent her frustrations at being young, single, and female in Egypt. Her blog, I Want to Get Married!, quickly became a hit with both men and women in the Arab world. With a keen sense of humor and biting social commentary, Abdel Aal recounts in painful detail her adventures with failed proposals and unacceptable suitors. There’s Mr. Precious, who storms out during their first meeting when he feels his favorite athlete has been slighted, and another suitor who robs her in broad daylight, to name just a few of the characters she runs across in her pursuit of wedded bliss.

I Want to Get Married! has since become a best-selling book in Egypt and the inspiration for a television series. This witty look at dating challenges skewed representations of the Middle East and presents a realistic picture of what it means to be a single young woman in the Arab world, where, like elsewhere, a good man can be hard to find.”

Here are some of the books we have read and discussed in previous months:

  • Silver Bullets by Élmer Mendoza (Mexico)
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (UK/India)
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Korea/Japan)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria/USA/UK)
  • In the Country by Mia Alvar (The Philippines)
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Chile)
  • Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle (Canada – First Nations)
  • Waiting by Ha Jin (China)
  • Deathless by Catherynne M Valente (Russia)
  • Eucalyptus by Murray Bail (Australia)
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (Kenya)
  • The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak (Turkey)
  • Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (Japan)
  • The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles (Brazil)
  • The Devourers by Indra Das (India)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (USA)
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria)
  • No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa (Syria)
  • A Bitter Inheritance by Alka Kurian (UK/India)
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Vietnam)
  • The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia)
  • The Country Under My Skin by Giaconda Belli (Nicaragua)
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (India)

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