Blissful Saturday (1st Most Gorgeous Day etc)/ NYTBR “Islam” Issue, New Yorker “Briefly Noted”

Apologies for the over-long title, dear blog reader — but self wants never to be guilty of false advertising: that is, she wants always to give readers the “lay of the land,” so to speak.

Well, today self was in top-form. Melissa A. dropped by, and self talked a blue streak. Melissa is just so — so companionable! And she laughs at all of self’s jokes! And she had her son with her (who is exceedingly polite for a college student), and we had lunch in Café Borrone next to Kepler’s, and it was a very sunny day and self had her first ever taste of the “Arnold Palmer” (she had no idea what that was but a teen-ager ahead of her ordered it and self is always a sucker for drinks with cool names) and it turned out to be nothing more than iced tea mixed with lemonade.

And then we got home and we talked some more! And Melissa gave self a chocolate cake with coconut on top! And it was so delicious and self is sure she gained five lbs. today!

Anyhoo, self has to give her list of books she is interested in reading after perusing a) The New York Times Book Review’s “Islam” issue; and b) the New Yorker’s “Briefly Mentioned” section of Jan. 14, 2008. So, without further ado, here they are:

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Books self is interested in reading after perusing the NYTBR “Islam” Issue:

(1) After reading Fouad Adjami’s essay, “The Clash” :

Samuel P. Huntington’s amazingly prescient 1996 book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

(2) After reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s review of Lee Harris’s The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the Enlightenment :

Lee Harris’s The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the Enlightenment

(3) After reading Rashid Khalidi’s review of Hasaan Qazwini’s American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America :

Hasaan Qazwini’s American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America

(4) After reading Max Rodenbeck’s review of Hugh Kennedy’s The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In:

Hugh Kennedy’s The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In

(5) After reading Jason Goodwin’s review of Zachary Karabell’s Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence :

Zachary Karabell’s Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence

(6) After reading Sarah Wildman’s review of two memoirs, Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran and Zarah Ghahramani’s My Life as a Traitor (written with Robert Hillman):

Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran

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Books self is interested in perusing after reading the New Yorker’s “Briefly Noted” section of Jan. 14, 2008:

(1) Caryl Phillips’ new novel, Foreigners:

    This uneven but compelling book, which is structured as a triptych and interweaves fiction and history, spans centuries and characters but remains in one place: a starkly racist England.

(2) Frances Itani’s novel, Remembering the Bones :

    On the way to a party for Queen Elizabeth II, Georgie Witley, an Anglophile Canadian born the same day, crashes and is thrown from the driver’s seat of her car. Lying on her back, like a beetle, at the bottom of a ravine, Georgie dutifully recites a passage from her grandfather’s volume of “Gray’s Anatomy” : “Femur, tibia, fibula. Radius, ulna.” The litany of bones anchors Georgie in her broken body, and also helps her to coax eight decades of memories from their hiding places.
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3 responses to “Blissful Saturday (1st Most Gorgeous Day etc)/ NYTBR “Islam” Issue, New Yorker “Briefly Noted””

  1. This is Melissa A. checking in…I am back in Jersey now. It was so good to see you last Saturday! You made me laugh so much (Adam too), you must be a real hoot in class. On the following morning, for breakfast I gobbled up that piece of chocolate cake that you packed for me…yummm. It was great to meet your hubby too. I think Adam had fun chatting with him about Jersey City.

    Thanks so much for all your advice. I’m now reading Barbara’s book and will hopefully be done with it by the weekend.

    Hope to see you in the east coast soon!

    Melissa

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