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102. Honor – Elif Shafak
99. The Book of Tea – Okakura Kakuzō
89. The Journey of Ibn Fattouma – Naguib Mahfouz
80. Women of Sand and Myrrh – Hanan Al-Shaykh
75. On Writing – Stephen King
56. Art As Therapy – Alain de Botton If you are into art, this book is for you. If you are not into art, this book
45. Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini
40. Literary Occasions – V.S. Naipaul
37. A Hundred and One Days – Asne Seierstad “No story contains the whole story. This is just one of many and it gives a fragment of the whole, not more… The truth about the war in Iraq does not exist. Or rather, there are millions of true accounts and maybe just as many lies. My remit as a journalist in the chaos of war was not to judge, predict or analyze. It was to look, ask and report.”
34. Tell Them of Battles, Kings & Elephants – Mathias Enard
31. The Siege of Jolo – Agnes Aliman What did I know about the Siege of Jolo? Nothing. I knew so much more about the Iranian Revolution that occurred on the same decade, but nothing of the siege that happened a few hundred miles away from my own hometown in 1974. I thank this book for correcting that.
30. The Lost Soul – Olga Tokarczuk
28. Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
25. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
24. Beethoven Variations – Ruth Padel
20. The Idiot – Elif Batuman More than being a coming-of-age story, I see it mainly as a unique contemplation on language, communication, and the complexity of human interaction.
17. The Monk of Mokha – Dave Eggers
13. The Watchman of Old Cairo – Michael David Lukas
8. The Oracle of Stamboul – Michael David Lukas
7. Shame – Salman Rushdie
6. The Blood of Flowers – Anita Amirrezvani
4. The Best Traveled Man On Earth – Jan Morris
2. Walking With the Wind – Abbas Kiarostami