Friday, September 25, 2009

October Book Club Pick!

Last year sometime, former Farley's staffer Kate read a book that she loved. And we mean LOVED. According to her, it was one of those books that she wished would just keep going so she'd never have to finish it. Since then, a few of us here at the shop have been meaning to pick it up ourselves, but as sometimes happens, life (and other books!) kept getting in the way.

Well, now we're out of excuses, because we've chosen it for our next book club pick! For October, we're excited to be reading The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine.

In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps. Through Osama, we also enter the world of the contemporary Lebanese men and women whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war, conflicted identity, and survival. With The Hakawati, Rabih Alameddine has given us an Arabian Nights for this century.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 p.m. for some good company, insightful discussion, and light refreshments. Hope to see you there, and thanks for the inspiration, Kate!

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