Book Review: Hisham El Kheshen’s ‘Graphite’

Book Review: Hisham El Kheshen’s ‘Graphite’

Guest post by Alexandra Kinias

On the pages of Graphite, Hisham El Kheshen’s historical fiction, I was transported back in time and space to the early decades of the 20th century (1928 to be precise), when momentous changes were happening in Egypt and around the world. The novel is set between Egypt and France, then the epicenter of arts, music […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kitchen Kulture: ‘The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook’ Review

Kitchen Kulture: ‘The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook’ Review

The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook: A gorgeous new approach to Egyptian cuisine

“I like to think that Cairo Kitchen is at its heart a kitchen, rather than a restaurant” – Suzanne El Zeidy – co owner of Cairo Kitchen and author of The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook. Gracing the Egyptian food scene in the hustling and bustling capital for over a year now, Cairo Kitchen has definitely succeeded […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Luminaries

I have to admit, I feel quite a sense of accomplishment at having finally finished The Luminaries. Two weeks ago, I decided to review the book that has taken the literature world by storm. Not only did Eleanor Catton’s novel win the 2013 Man Booker Prize, she is the youngest writer ever to have received […]

Book Review: Did You Try Qat?

The best thing in life is to travel: to change pace, to experience new sights and sounds, to excite your palette with new tastes and break from your routine. If you can’t afford or don’t have time to travel, the next best thing is to experience everything vicariously through a book, blog, video or photos. […]

Book Review: Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath

The way we understand the world has changed thanks in part to Malcom Gladwell. His books have launched a new genre known by some as “intellectual adventure stories” and are tremendously popular. His method of combining academic research with real life stories with an aim to make people look at the world a little differently […]

Book Review: Murakami’s Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Book Review: Murakami’s Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  This week is the start of the yearly Nobel Prize announcements. One of the prizes I most look forward to hearing is Literature. It’s been handed out to 109 writers, with only one for Arabic novels: Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. This year, Haruki Murakami is favored to win with the highest odds. There are five […]

Book Review: Flaubert In Egypt

Book Review: Flaubert In Egypt

Orientalism, erotica and the Nile

Today is the last day of Banned Books Week, a celebration of outlawed reads that started in 1982 to counter the practice of schools, libraries and universities banning books across the USA. Amnesty International turned it into a global movement, highlighting countries where authors were persecuted or jailed for their books. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, Egypt […]