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Sherine ElBanhawy


A blogger, freelance writer, and full time mother/wife. She is committed to community service and feels it enriches ones life. She loves to travel, ride bikes, and read.

For Valentine’s Day, Go See ‘La La Land’ Not ‘Mawlana’

For Valentine’s Day, Go See ‘La La Land’ Not ‘Mawlana’

I had a compelling desire to write this review after seeing the movies just mentioned in the title. Not just because both of them are critically acclaimed, but because they’re making movie lovers brave the cold and head towards the multiplexes. I am happy to see people expressing interest and enthusiasm for serious movies after […]

5 Egyptian Books That Have Been Banned in 2016

5 Egyptian Books That Have Been Banned in 2016

With everyone talking about Banned Books Week days even after it’s over, I’ve decided to educate Egyptians who don’t know what it is. Today’s banned books are tomorrow’s classics. They come in all shapes, and sizes, across all genres. All you need to do is skim the list of banned books and you are bound […]

Egyptian Opera Singer Fatma Said’s Journey to Success

Egyptian Opera Singer Fatma Said’s Journey to Success

  To Egypt and to the world today, she’s the 2016 Winner of the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and the first Egyptian/Arab Soprano to be accepted at La Scala Academy. To us, her family, she’s “Tamtam” the talented, beautiful, young lady who we have had the privilege of seeing grow up and witnessing […]

#ReadingWomen2014 Recommendations

#ReadingWomen2014 Recommendations

In this day and age, there is so much literature out there and the accessibility that technology provides for books has made our choices even wider and more diverse. To join the thousands of lists out there, to celebrate women writers and to embrace the wonderful #ReadingWomen2014 Twitter wave, I have put together a list […]

Book Review: ‘May We Be Forgiven’

Book Review: ‘May We Be Forgiven’

In celebration of International Women’s Day, it seemed appropriate to review May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes, which won The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2013. The long list for this year’s prize is due out this month and the winner is announced in June. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded […]

Cairo International Book Fair

Cairo International Book Fair

In the midst of all the chaos of Cairo, its traffic, pollution and depressing headlines, I find myself smiling ear to ear while paying the one pound ticket to the Cairo International Book Fair on a warm, sunny winter day. A self-proclaimed book hoarder like myself should stay away from book fairs, but the excuse […]

Book Review: Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’

Book Review: Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’

Although I am a feminist and believe wholeheartedly in female empowerment and equalizing gender opportunities, I am simply unconvinced by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In philosophy and argument. I had been so looking forward to reading the Facebook CEO’s perspective on success and how to make it in corporate America. Unfortunately, not only did she not […]

My 2014 Reading List

My 2014 Reading List

When thinking about books and what I want to read next, I often find myself overwhelmed with the choices: best-selling, award-winning, classics, recommendations from friends. Then there’s the realm of Arabic Literature and Arabic Literature in Translation, which – due to a combination of moral obligation and passion – I feel I must read. Looking […]

Book Review: ‘The Husband’s Secret’

Book Review: ‘The Husband’s Secret’

Liane Moriarty’s The Huband’s Secret (July 2013 Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam) starts off with the perfect quotation by Alexander Pope: “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Although The Husband’s Secret is set in Sydney, Australia, it might as well be set anywhere around the world, because you are sure to relate to one, if not […]

Q&A: Nadia Wassef, Co-founder of Diwan Bookstores

Q&A: Nadia Wassef, Co-founder of Diwan Bookstores

The last two years have been exhausting for Nadia Wassef, co-founder of Egypt’s Diwan Bookstores. Running Diwan was no longer about books, writers, and shops. It was nothing but crisis management, stress and financial pressure. Almost burnt out from having managed to overcome the financial crisis and two Egyptian revolutions, Wassef has relocated temporarily to […]

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