Monday, April 23, 2007

Iran Awakening

For my challenge I will read 5 non-fiction and 5 fiction titles. Are most of the readers challenged by fiction or non-fiction? So here are my 5 non-fiction titles.

Iran Awakening. Shirin Ebadi with Azadeh Moaveni

Reading Like A Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. Francine Prose.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Lawrence Wright.

The Places in Between. Rory Stewart.

Yet to read: The Omnivore's Dilemma. Michael Pollan.

I just finished Iran Awakening last night. It is an amazing book about an amazing woman. Before I read this I had no idea she had won the Nobel Peace prize for her work in law and human rights. Probably the main thing that I learned through reading this book was the fact of Iran's democratic roots. I would put Ebadi on my list of people in the world I would most like to meet. Along with Jimmy Carter...and others who work for justice issues around the world.

So I recommend this for a challenge to those who might want to read a non-fiction book that reads well and goes beyond western culture.


Nyssaneala said...

Iran Awakening is on my list of books to read this year as well. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Another book that may or may not interest you that I read recently is called One Thousand Sighs, One Thousand Revolts by Christiane Bird. It is about her travels through the Kurdish parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

kookiejar said...

Welcome to the challenge, Inlamb. I haven't picked any of the non-fiction selections, but after the reviews I've been reading, I have to admit, I'm tempted.

Laura said...

Welcome to the challenge! I chose only fiction myself, for no good reason really except that there were many good ones to choose from. I subsequently joined the Non-Fiction 5 Challenge, but never thought to consult the NYT Notables for ideas!

I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.

Wendy said...

Welcome! For some reason your comments were turned off and I re-enabled them (hope that was okay!). Thanks for the review on this book, I've picked this up several times but haven't bought it yet...maybe now I'll have to!