Today, August 1, is the first day of the River Dog Book Co. Armchair Travel Bookclub! We are reading The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. While the story begins in Syria, the characters' journeys throughout the book take them to other parts of the Middle East, including Jordan. In a wonderful coincidence of timing, a customer recently asked for a reading list of books featuring Jordan, so here you are - an extended reading list of books focusing on women's lives in the Middle East to enjoy along with The Map of Salt and Stars. What are we missing? Feel free to add books in the comments!
Looking for your next sci-fi or fantasy read? Look no further than one of these four books, just out this June/July 2018! Starless, Competence, Kill the Farmboy, and The Calculating Stars
BrocheAroe Fabian ("bruh-kuh" for short) is an anthropologist, a world traveler, a writer and a 12-year veteran of the book industry. After working for a museum library, a corporate bookstore, two publishers and four independent bookstores, she will be opening River Dog Book Co., her own bookmobile, in Wisconsin in spring 2019. She works hard to foster cross-cultural understanding and communication wherever she goes.
There are parts that will make your heart stop and parts that will make it beat again. The Armchair Travel Bookclub's August/September 2018 selection is THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS, a 12th century fable about an apprentice mapmaker is interwoven with a modern-day Syrian refugee searching for home by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Open to anyone anywhere in the world, the Armchair Travel Bookclub combines the best of all of our favorite activities - reading fiction and non-fiction books that take us places, forming friendships while we discuss, and then traveling to, from, and maybe even with those new friends to some of those places we've been reading about.