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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
Girls of Riyadh

Alicia116, August 10, 2008

Groundbreaking book (for Saudi Arabians) on the dating and mating habits of four Riayadhian gals (a la "Sex and the City") with their daring, courage, and limits imposed by religious law and culture.

One wonders how Rajaa Alsanea (unlike Candace Bushnell) managed to tell her (email) tales and still lives?!

Episodic (each chapter generally seems to focus on the adventures, finesse and foibles of one of the foursome), and soap-operaish, this is a book that would seem to have mini-series potential in the right hands (maybe even in Riyadh...).

Hard to put down, it kept me up late at night as I suspect the author's emails did the same for her.

Kudos for a courageous, well, written, humorous and societally conscious book (with the potential to be an anthopological source for Saudi society, much as Bushnell's book is for American) that all, but especially women, will enjoy.

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Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure

Alicia116, July 13, 2008

Humorous, engagingly written with Western style (with a down-under accent) about her her adventures and excursions from India's serving platter of spiritual offerings.

Part anthropolgy, part memoir, and all humor -with a hint of pathos, Macdonald does for India and its faiths, and peoples, what Candace Bushenll did for New York singles in "Sex and the City".
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