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Kshakal
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my tbr! 11mo
Eggs Beautiful poppy cover❣️ 11mo
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Amiable
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Pickpick

Completed my first book for #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22. It‘s a multigenerational narrative of a Palestinian family over six decades that delves into the reality of being forced to recreate lives in various foreign cities as immigrants and the enduring sense of homesickness that comes when you aren‘t sure where “home” really is. It‘s beautiful and poignant and wistful and lovely. Thank you, @Singout !

Singout You‘re welcome! I finished my first last night! Review coming. 11mo
Amiable @Singout I‘ve had this book in my pile for a couple of years —I‘m so glad that your list made me finally pick it up and read it ! 11mo
monalyisha 🎉🎉🎉 11mo
JamieArc I really enjoyed this book. Glad you did too 😊 11mo
Amiable @JamieArc I especially appreciated that not all of the characters were completely likeable. Just like in real life. 🙂 11mo
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BarbaraBB
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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#WeeklyForecast 49/21

America is not the Heart is still in progress but I‘d picking up speed now and I have a lazy Sunday ahead to make some progress. I have also started Out of Africa dit #pop21 but also to make an early start with #ReadingAfrica22! And another #ToB22 book. Can‘t wait to start that one!

Cinfhen I still have #Kuwait left for #ReadingAsia21 I better get moving on that 12mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Many people enjoyed Salt Houses for that prompt and I liked my read too: 12mo
Cinfhen I read Salt Houses a few years back but I‘ll look into your book @BarbaraBB thanks for the recommendations 💕 12mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re having a lovely relaxing day! ❤️ 12mo
Megabooks I hope you enjoy Matrix! 💕 12mo
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Amiable
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Here are my first picks from my fabulous #NewYearWhoDis match, @Singout ! Because I requested a match partner who had a list that was balanced with both fiction and nonfiction, I picked one of each to start off with in January. I already own “Salt Houses” and “When They Call You a Terrorist” was on my TBR, so it was an easy choice! 🙂

#NYWD22

monalyisha And -- BONUS! -- both covers are gorgeous! 😍 13mo
Amiable @monalyisha They are! It makes me wish I could paint. 13mo
JamieArc I really enjoyed Salt Houses. Happy reading 😊 13mo
Singout Enjoy! 13mo
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Singout
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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I really enjoyed this book, which gave excellent insights into the impact of the #Palestinian diaspora. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a woman in a resilient multi-generational family from the mid-60s to 2016, and showing how repeated wars, persecution, love, and hope for a better life lead them to Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, France, and the U.S. without losing family and ethnic ties.

#Booked2021 #SetInACountryWhereUNPeacekeepersAre

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Singout
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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When Salma peers into her daughter‘s coffee cup, she knows instantly she must lie.
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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A multi-generational story set around the world—mostly in the Middle East. Matriarch Salma‘s family moves from country to country to stay safe amidst the realities of ongoing conflicts and wars. Beyond that, Alyan explores identity and otherness through her various characters. A nuanced portrayal of Muslim life in the the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2021 #readingasia2021 #kuwait

kplovesbooks Pretty cover! 13mo
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Librarybelle I really liked this one. Started it as I waited for an airplane ride. And didn‘t put it down the whole flight! 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @kplovesbooks It is! I also like some of the other cover versions I‘ve seen. 13mo
Crazeedi Most interesting! 13mo
BarbaraBB It sounds good. I wonder why I didn‘t pick it up for one of the Middle Eastern countries. 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB It is good. And works for a couple of different countries since the family moves a few times. Well, another time … 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi It was definitely interesting! 13mo
Reggie I just saw you on YouTube on @shawnmooney and even though I am not an audio person, this really piqued my interest. Also, I kept waiting for for the mention of a curse with the title that the book has, but maybe that‘s one of the spoilers. Anyways, great video! (edited) 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie I haven‘t even watched yet!! But I‘m glad you enjoyed it because we had fun doing it. And yes, you might enjoy that audiobook. It‘s only 90 minutes long, so maybe you can manage. LOL. 13mo
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emmaturi
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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A moving and heartbreaking story of intergenerational Palestinian family. Starting in Nablus in 1963 through to Jaffa 2014. Each chapters are family members and their stories of the troubled times they live in.

Cathythoughts Sounds good & an amazing cover ❤️💔 13mo
emmaturi Yes I enjoyed it! @Cathythoughts 13mo
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DGRachel
Mama Hissa's Mice | Saud Alsanousi
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Pickpick

This is probably a novel that works better in print than audio because of the way it jumps around in time and between what is supposed to be reality versus a story written by the narrator. However, I still enjoyed it. I loved the details of Kuwaiti life both before and after Saddam‘s invasion and the US military intervention. CW for xenophobic language . #readingasia2021 #kuwait

Cinfhen YAY!!! You didn‘t bail!!!! I couldn‘t get into this one at all 1y
DGRachel @Cinfhen Let‘s be honest here - if I wasn‘t trying to work while listening I probably would have given up early on because the jumping around was really hard to follow, but having it as more background noise, I just kind of enjoyed the ride and didn‘t worry too much about following the story. 1y
Librarybelle That is such a gorgeous cover! 1y
Cinfhen Got it!!!! #Relatable 😁 1y
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BarbaraBB
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This collection of short stories set in #Kuwait really grew on me. At first it took some getting used to but from ‘Playing with Bombs‘ (one of my favorites) onwards, the stories and the characters gave me a unique insight into life in Kuwait during the years. Other favorite stories are the title one, the one about Amerika and ‘Her Straw Hat‘. I‘m glad I read it.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇰🇼

Librarybelle I love your photo! 1y
Megabooks Is that your house? Very cool! 1y
Desha I love that room! I‘d like to hang out and read there! ☺️ 1y
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BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @Megabooks @Desha Thanks. It‘s my office! 1y
Megabooks Lovely!! Check your email. I have good news!! 😀🐶 1y
Megabooks Just got your email!! Thanks for celebrating with me! More pics to come! I get to take her home Wednesday or Thursday next week. 🥳🐶💜 1y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Such good news!! It was meant to be her! 🐶 🤍 1y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Can‘t wait for more pics, close ups!! 1y
Megabooks Sent you the closeups I have! I won‘t bomb your email anymore until Wednesday. 😉😀 1y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Just saw them. She is really adorable 🥰 1y
Megabooks Thank you friend!! I am over the moon excited!! 1y
TrishB If my home office looked like that maybe it wouldn‘t be so bad working at home! 1y
BarbaraBB @TrishB This isn‘t at home, this is the company space. We don‘t need to work at home any longer! 1y
TrishB Ahh! My work is moving at a much slower pace and it‘s very frustrating! 1y
BarbaraBB @TrishB Uni‘s are very slow here as well though from September on they‘ll be open to students again. 1y
TrishB Same here. The building I work in though has been rescued from 400 capacity to 100, so we‘re now all fighting over since/desks etc. 😞 1y
staci.reads What a great space! 1y
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