I moved to Malawi in March 2012 to work for Innovations for Poverty Action. I live in a rural town in the south where I help run an evalution of a microfinance program. This blog was previously used to record my time in Morocco (Sept 2009 - Nov 2010). Thanks for reading my blog!
1. A House in Fez (by Suzanna Clarke) I read this a month or two after I returned and it was a nice dose of nostalgia. And I know a few of the characters in the book.
2. A Fine Balance (by Rohinton Mistry) A sad tale of rags to even worse rags set in 1970's India but the warm relations between a group of people thrown together because of circumstance makes it all worth it.
3. Here On Earth (by Alice Hoffman) I had a good streak of Oprah book club finds but this ended it. Sappy and plain.
4. The Help (by Kathryn Stockett) Really addictive reading about a group of Mississippi woman, white and black, during the civil rights movement. Just found out its going to be a movie, too.
5. Super Freakonomics (by Steven Levitt) Just as enjoyable as the first. The solutions to global warming were the most interesting points to me.
6. Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain (by Portia de Rossi) Written by the wife of Ellen DeGeneres, a story that painstakingly takes you into the OCD-like mind of an anorexic/bulimic. It teaches you that 'diet' and 'exercise' are dirty words - you should always eat and move out of enjoyment.
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (by J.K. Rowling) The Name of the Rose (by Umberto Eco) The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror (by Bernard Lewis) In and Out of Morocco (by David McMurray) The Pact (by Jodi Picoult) Doing Daily Battle: Interviews with Moroccan Women (by Fatima Mernissi) She's Come Undone (by Wally Lamb) A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Hosseini) A Million Little Pieces (by James Frey) From Beirut to Jerusalem (by Thomas Friedman) Girls of Riyadh (by Rajaa Alsanea) Hector and the Search for Happiness (by Francois Lelord)