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The Archaeology of Writing

All over the world, but not of it. Hemisphere-hopping wife, mother, author, angler, and seminary graduate. Represented by Books & Such Literary Agency.

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The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Hugh Wilford
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman
Blood and Beauty
Sarah Dunant
The Last Camellia
Sarah Jio

Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order)

Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity - Samuel Tadros I am a geek. I love Middle Eastern and religious history. Because of my obscure interests, I admit this book isn't for everyone.

I loved it. The Copts are a (some say heretical) subset of Christianity; an ancient branch of historic significance and rich history. A large part of the chaos in Egypt, as in most of the Middle East, is anchored in religious conflict. So understanding how opposing forces interact is the foundation of understanding the complexities of today's Middle East.

Tadros attempts to explain how Egyptians, at one time heirs to the most impressive and powerful empire on the planet, are struggling to modernize their country. Simultaneously, Egyptian Copts are struggling to survive in a land they have occupied since their sect's birth around the time of Christ.

If you're a student of this region, I highly recommend this small book.